Online officiating course

Natalie using the online course
A major benefit of the online course is that officials can complete it in their own time, from the comfort of their home.

The Introductory Officiating General Principles online course has been developed to assist officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.

The online course is initially available free of charge to Australian officials.


To enrol in the course go to the Australian Sports Commission’s online learning portal at From the portal you can obtain further information on the course requirements, including viewing some ‘taster’ pages. If you have any problems enrolling, email for assistance.

About the course

The course contains three modules, which cover a range of general officiating topics, including ethical responsibilities of officials, preparation for officiating, safety, communication, dealing with conflict and people management. The course takes approximately four hours to complete, and there is assessment included within the course. Officials have six months to complete the course after they register.

Becoming an accredited official

The Introductory Officiating General Principles course can provide the first step towards accreditation. Your national or state sporting organisation can provide more information on the sport specific requirements to achieve officiating accreditation.

Information for educational institutions

For educational institutions who wish to incorporate the online course into their programs, download the the teacher’s information guide below.

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Did you know?

Australia has competed in every Summer Paralympics since the first games in 1960.

Quick numbers

141 thousand people have so far completed the ASC online coaching course.
10 current or former AIS athletes won medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
56 current or former AIS athletes won medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
35 thousand kilometres were swum by Petria Thomas while at the AIS.
26 thousand people have so far completed the ASC online officiating course.
0.5 million people visit the AIS each year.