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The Fencing Ireland Refereeing Structure
||How to qualify
- attend an approved refereeing course of at least 6 hours’ duration
- examination with written, practical and oral components. The examination consists of 30 questions (20 generic and 10 weapon specific). The pass mark is at least 70%.
- examined at a competition or at a specific course, by arrangement with the Referees’ Sub-committee. The candidate should be observed refereeing several bouts.
- There is no written examination.
- examined at an Open event (National Circuit, Derry Open, North West Open, Schull Foil, Dublin Epee, Vinnie Sabre) or Senior National Championships, by arrangement with the Referees’ Sub-committee.
- candidates should be observed refereeing several Direct Elimination bouts.
- 2-hour preexamination seminar can be held night before event, at which candidate will also sit a written examination. The pass mark is 90%.
- examined at a Major open event (Irish Open, Northern Ireland Open), Senior National Championships or European Cadet Circuit event, by arrangement with the Referees’ Sub-committee.
- candidates should be observed refereeing multiple bouts, to include a L8 bout
- in-depth oral examination
- Any referee who has qualified to Level 4 may contact the Referees’ Sub-Committee to be registered as a ‘candidate’ for FIE examination.
- FIE examinations are typically held once a year at the zonal Cadet/Junior Championships. Please note that no FIE examinations are held in an Olympic year.