Umpiring is a hugely rewarding way of taking part in hockey. The umpire’s role is to ensure fair play and ultimately facilitate the enjoyable experience of everyone involved in a hockey match.

Whether you want to get involved with hockey for the first time or you’re an experienced player or coach looking to take the next step in your hockey career there’s an umpiring qualification suited to helping you become the umpire you wish to be.

Hockey Victorias umpire training programs operates within Hockey Australia and the Australian Sports Commission’s National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS).

The umpire training program is designed to deliver programs with quality presenters/assessors, resources and ongoing professional development. These training programs focus on developing practical officiating skills and self-development, and therefore better trained officials to meet the demands of the game.

Hockey Victoria along with Hockey Australia, recognises that quality officiating has a significant influence upon players and their hockey experience, hence the recommendation for all officials to be accredited at an appropriate level.

Community Umpire

The Community Umpire is the first step on your umpire journey. Aimed at parents, teachers and other new umpires involved in Hookin2Hockey or modified formats of hockey it is the perfect chance to gain the knowledge to get you out on the pitch and umpiring.

It is an enjoyable and straightforward training program that is delivered online. After completing the online courses, you will then be practically assessed.

For a detailed guide on how to complete your Community Umpire Accreditation, please click here. 

Level 1 Umpire

The Level 1 umpire program is perfect for players, parents and umpires who are involved in umpiring club hockey, intra-state championships and lower age-level Australian Championships.

The program is designed to train umpires in the fundamental concepts of umpiring, including fitness, positioning, signals and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of players.

For a detailed guide on how to complete your Level 1 Umpire Accreditation, please click here.

Level 2 Umpire

The Level 2 Umpire program is directed towards umpires involved with high level club hockey, high level intra-state championships and higher level Australian Championships.

The program is designed to train umpires in essential concepts of umpiring including psychological and physical preparation, umpiring skills and tools, player management, communication, risk management and ethical responsibilities.

It is a comprehensive training program involving seminars, practical activities, pre and post seminar requirements and a practical assessment.

In order to obtain your Level 2 Umpire Accreditation, applicants must hold a current Level 1 Accreditation.

For a detailed guide on how to complete your Level 2 Umpire Accreditation, please click here.

Australian Umpire

The Australian umpire program has been developed for umpires wishing to officiate in top level, open age national championships or international games.

The prerequisite for the Australian umpire accreditation is a Level 2 umpire accreditation.

The program is designed to train umpires in the advanced concepts of umpiring including self-management skills, performance analysis, knowledge of advanced hockey skills and techniques, rule interpretation, player management, co-umpire support, communication skills and risk management.

It is a comprehensive and challenging training program involving seminars, practical sessions, applied learning, self-development and requirements a practical evaluation.

Australian Umpire Accreditation’s can only be obtained through officiating at U21 and AHL championships, under the supervision of Hockey Australia. For all inquiries in regards to this process, please contact HA at