Becoming a Referee

Interested in becoming a referee? Refereeing is a rewarding career path, and a great way to stay in the game! There are plenty of people at Rugby Ontario willing to help get you started. 

How to Become a Referee

  1. Visit the IRB Passport website and complete the RugbyReady Program and the Laws of the Game Examinations.
  2. Contact Tyler Coad via email to determine if a course is coming up in your area. please include your RugbyReady and Laws of the Game Exam on this initial email.
  3. Attend local referee development sessions. These are great ways to learn about refereeing, and why referees do. 
  4. Attend a local referee certification course.
  5. Register with Rugby Ontario. You can find the registration information here.
  6. Start refereeing games!

Refereeing is a great way to be involved in the game, meet new people, get fit, and have fun. Don't miss out on your opportunity to have the best seat in the house!


The 2014 online registration system complete. All members of Rugby Canada will be registering online for the 2014 season. FULL TIME Rugby Ontario Referees are to register through this portal. Club registered referees should continue to register through their club, selecting the referee option when prompted. If no option is offered through the online portal contact your club registrar to ensure this is done correctly. 

The online registration guide can be found here.

Register here.


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