Introduction to Officiating

The purpose of this introductory course is to enable officials to acquire basic skills to officiate safe, enjoyable competition. Course certification is required for anyone who wishes to referee any match that could potentially lead to a National Championship.

Prerequisites: Player Protection Package

The Player Protection Package is a regular requirement and consists of two free online courses revolving around player safety.

Please send a copy of the downloaded certificate of completion to

NOTE: Please register for these courses using the same spelling of your full name as it appears in our USA Rugby Membership Database. This will help minimize any certification upload errors.

The two required courses are (click on each to reveal course instructions):

  • World Rugby Concussion

    Complete the World Rugby Concussion Management Course for the General Public

    1. Go to World Rugby's Player Welfare website
    2. Click Log In in the upper right hand corner. If you do not have an World Rugby Account, follow the prompts to register.
    3. Click on Start Module
  • SafeSport Course

    Complete the SafeSport Course

    1. Click Here
    2. Read the instructions provided.
    3. Click the first module.
    4. You will be asked to sign in with your USA Rugby log-in if you are not already logged-in.
    5. You will be directed to the SafeSport site. No other log-in will be required.
    6. Follow the directions to complete the module.
    7. The certificates will be sent to USA Rugby automatically.
    8. No need to send them to us.

Requirements for Certification: Current USA Rugby membership, including registration as a referee, attend and participate in all course modules, pass online law exam and rugby ready exam prior to course, and complete short safety quiz administered at course site.

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