Referee Pathway


The Squash NZ Referee Pathway is being migrated over to the World Squash Officiating Framework. See WSO website for details 

If you have the right skills then we'll help you achieve it. Whether you want to simply improve your rules knowledge, referee local matches or have ambitions to officiate at the highest level, there is a structure in place to help you get there. Referees are supported as they move through the pathway through events and via mentoring opportunities and are offered appraisals whenever possible.

Step 1: Club Referee - WSO Level 0 + Level 1 100% 

Club referees can be expected to referee matches up to their own playing level but may be able to do higher levels depending on experience and ability.  It must be recognised that no practical appraisal is completed for a club referee, and successful candidates should therefore be confident but still take care with the level of matches they choose to referee.

Start your refereeing journey by signing up to the WSO website at and achieving Level 0 + 1 module completion, there is no officiating fee required to get to this stage. 


For the 2022 Squash season the Squash New Zealand Club Referee exam will still be valid, and can be found here 

It is intended that the WSO Level 0 + 1 100% will eventually become the new Club Referee exam but currently it is not linked to iSquash. 

Step 2: District Referee - WSO Level 2 

Level 1 Referees can go on & work towards being a WSO level 2 (District level) referee.

Level 2 Referees are required to:

Step 3: National Referee - WSO Level 3 

The WSO Level 3 is awarded to referees who have proved their ability and commitment at this level. Referees are required to:

  • Have acheived WSO Level 2 and held this qualification for a minimum period of 12 months. Referees who show sufficient aptitude can be fast tracked. 
  • Complete the practical assessments as per the Referees Management Plan below. 
  • A summary of the requirements can be found here WSO Level 3 Referee Summary Requirements
  • Upon completion of the relevant Level 3 practical requirements, SNZ Referee Director will request WSO Endorsement of the Referee
  • Referee to pay fee for WSO Level 3 

Step 4: Regional Referee WSO Level 4 

Squash New Zealand supports qualified national Level 3 referees to progress towards WSO Level 4 (Regional) Referee status. Becoming a WSO Level 4 referee allows referees the opportunity to take part in Regional and other relevant international events. 

Step 5: World Referee - WSO Level 5 

WSO Level 4 referees who demonstrate exceptional skills and commitment must meet all the requirements detailed in the competency-based training and assessment programme for WSO Level 5 Referees.

Referees Management Plan

The Referee Management Plan 2022 Final outlines all the requirements to become a referee in New Zealand and are designed to help you on your way to becoming the best referee possible. 

For more information contact Squash New Zealand

Other Policies

All referees need to be aware of the Squash New Zealand Policies and they need to ensure they adhere to these at all times. 

Looking for some resources?

To support you in your role as a referee and to help you to develop, we have a number of downloadable resources here.

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