Becoming a PFA Accredited Umpire

To ensure consistency of standards applied to umpiring in the sport of petanque, PFA is developing a pathway for the development of umpires.  PFA defines umpires as follows:

  • Level 1: Club Umpire

  • Level 2: State Umpire

  • Level 3: National Umpire

  • Level 4: Confederation Umpire

  • Level 5: International Umpire

To support these umpires the PFA Director of Umpiring has developed a series of workshops and examinations for Levels 1-3. Applicants must be physically fit and possess good eyesight as a prerequisite before applying to sit for a Club, State, National, Confederation & International umpire examination.

Development and accreditation for Level 4 and 5 is managed by FIPJP.

For opportunities to qualify as a PFA Umpire, contact your club, State Director of Umpiring or the National Director of Umpiring.

Level 1 - Club Umpire


Any Senior Licensed player can apply to become a club umpire providing he/she is a financial club member, by forwarding a written application to their respective State Director.


After passing the Oral, Written and Practical exam, he/she will then be authorised (after ratification from Pétanque Federation Australia on the recommendation from the Pétanque Federation Australia Umpire Commission) to umpire in Club events within his/her respective State and assist in State League events.

Level 2 - State Umpire


After completing 1 full year as an active Probationary Level 1 (Club) umpire, the umpire may apply to sit for a Level 2 (State Umpire) examination to be conducted by the State Director.

Level 3 - National Umpire


Upon recommendation from his/her State Director and after completing 1 year as an active Probationary Level 2 (State) Umpire, an umpire can apply to sit the exam for Level 3 (National).

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