Officials: Become an Official


Take the first step towards becoming a marker, measurer or umpire and get yourself enrolled into one of our Officials Courses.

Bowls Australia’s accreditation system is an educational pathway for people seeking to develop their skills as an official.

The four accreditations are:

  • Marker
  • Measurer
  • Umpire
  • International Technical Official (ITO)

These accreditations are skill-based and require specific competencies.

You can choose to gain accreditation as a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measurer, or you can choose to just complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on your interests and needs.

The final step in the Officiating pathway is the ITO. This accreditation is a World Bowls accreditation. The ITO accreditation is designed for those already accredited as National Umpires, who wish to umpire at national and international events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and other major events. 

All accreditations last for four years and after this period of time, you will need to successfully complete a re-accreditation course to maintain the qualification.

What is involved?

If you decide to undertake any of the courses, you can expect:

  • Some pre course readings
  • 4-hour small group session facilitated by one of Bowls SA qualified Presenter and Assessors
  • Practical and theory assessment
  • Ongoing communication from Bowls SA

The assessment is based on the Bowls Australia Laws of the Sport theory examination, and practical evaluation through an established competency-based assessment system and self-reflection.


2023-24 Officials Calendar

To Register for a Official courses please click on the course that suits you.

Please note: if no events appear above at any point, it means that there are no current courses confirmed at this point in time


  • Marker $33
  • Measurer $33
  • Umpire $33

The total investment to become an umpire is $99, this has been spread out over the three courses – Marker ($33), Measurers ($33) and Umpire ($33) as all are required to become an Umpire.

  • Re-accreditation courses $33

Those registering for a course will need to purchase the Law Book and Officials Manual online from the Bowls Australia Online Shop.

How to register

From October 2021, registrations for Bowls SA courses are being managed by online registrations.

Step 1:

Identify the course that you are interested in attending.

Step 2:

Click on the registration link for that course.

  • Submit all required information
  • Review the terms and conditions of the course               
  • Make payment
Step 3:

Ensure you have a copy of the Law Book and Officials Manual.

These can be purchased from Bowls Australia. As these come from interstate, please allow enough time for you to receive them

Step 4:

Once registered, look over the content and check your emails (including junk or spam) for confirmation communication.

Please note:

  • If you have limited access to the internet or need some support in registering, you can seek support form your club committee or give Bowls SA a call on 8234 7544.
  • We will also work closely with the Presenter and Assessors who support country regions in finding the best solution for registering members for courses in their area.  

Expression of Interest

For Members
  • If you are interested in becoming an official, sign up to be the first to hear about new course dates.
  • You can unsubscribe at any time.
For Clubs
  • Associations and Clubs can now request an Officials Course to be held at a venue of their choice.
  • Just complete this request form to let Bowls SA know you are interested, and we will work with our volunteer presenters and assessors to book training for your members.

The above information will also assist us with planning the location of future course opportunities.


For information on Officials please contact
8234 7544 or email: