Officials play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of Bowls.
Officials who are accredited through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) are recognised by Bowls Australia (BA), the STA and the Australian Sport Commission (ASC).
Bowls SA and Bowls Australia have three accreditations which once achieved, last four years; Marker, Measure and National Umpire. These accreditations are skill based and require specific competencies.
Bowlers can choose to gain accreditation has a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measurer or bowlers can choose to just complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on their interests and needs. This allows for flexibility for a club member to just officiate as a marker but not an umpire at their local club or allow a Third to brush up on their measuring skills.
The final step in the Officiating pathway is the International Technical Official (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 and on TV at events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and other major events.