The Referee Education programme is organised across Club, County and National levels of the Association (for both Hurling and Football) aimed at providing Referees who can facilitate the proper conduct of our Games at all stages of the Pathway to Elite Performance.The Referee Education programme consists of the following inputs:
(i) Young Whistlers Course - This is an introduction to refereeing for both primary and second level school children who would like to learn more about refereeing.
(ii)Go Games Referee - This course focuses on the specific requirements a referee needs to officiate at Go Games Level. Young whistlers can take this course and subsiquently officaite at U8 & U10 Go Games matches. This course is also releveant for those 17 years of age or older who would like to officiate at U12 Go Games and mini league level
(iii) Foundation Course - the basic course required to Referee at official level within the Association completion of the Foundation Course certifies participants as Club Referees. Including inputs on the practical elements of Refereeing, the spirit of our Games and a detailed study of the Rules of the code the Foundation Course provides a fundamental introduction to the application of the Rules of Gaelic Games. Participants must be 17 years of age or older. A Conversion Course provides an opportunity for those active Referees who have never achieved certification to enter the system.
(iv) Serving Referees Course - The Serving Referees Course is an annual refresher course for active Club Referees. The Course again looks at basics of Refereeing and also includes a more in-depth look at the role of the Umpires and Linesmen, and adaptations or clarifications of Rule that occur year to year.
(v) Provincial Referees Course - A series of 3 seminars for Referees identified as having the potential to officiate at Inter-County Level the Provincial Referees Course provides an opportunity for Referees to study a wider variety of elements required for Refereeing at an advanced level, including Role, Player Management, Physical Fitness for Refereeing and Team Work for Officials among others.
(iiv) National Referees Seminars - These are a series of seminars held over the course of the playing season which cater for Referees who officiate at Senior grades at National Level. Including specialised inputs relating to various aspects of Referee performance the seminars focus on issues of interpretation and clarification in an open and interactive environment.Applied Lifelong learning