IMMAF Referee Licensing

MMA referee

IMMAF awards 3 levels of licenses for refereeing internationally in MMA. The licenses are awarded on completion of an IMMAF International Referees Certification course and on the basis of refereeing experience as outlined below.

In order to be eligible to participate in an IMMAF International Referees Certification course, participants must already have a national level refereeing certificate or accreditation under their national federation and have two years national level experience.

The Class C License

Learners who pass their initial examinations will be awarded the Class C License. This will allow them to referee amateur matches only.

The review process for this tier is based on a two-­‐year timescale and Class C Referees must be able  to present evidence of officiating 150 amateur MMA bouts in a two year period. This body of  evidence will need to be presented in portfolio form in order to apply for the next license.

The Class B License

Learners who are successfully deemed to have passed the Class C review process will be awarded the Class B License.

This will allow them to referee both amateur matches and professional matches that take place over 3 x 5 minute rounds.

The review process for this tier is based on a two-­‐year timescale and Class B Referee must be able to present evidence of officiating at 250 MMA bouts in a three-­‐year period. At least 50 of these fights must be contested under professional rules. This body of evidence will need to be presented in  portfolio form  in order to apply for the next license.

Class B Referees looking to attain Class A status must also referee at an event where an approved IMMAF Class A Official is working in an official capacity. The Class A Referee will complete a short report based on suitability for promotion based on performance and professionalism.

If the candidate is able to show the required number of fights referee and is able to prove, through the referee assessment, a high level of professional competence then a Class A License will be awarded.

The Class A License

Learners who are successfully deemed to have passed the Class B review process will be awarded the Class A License.

This will allow them to referee both amateur matches and professional matches, including five round main events and professional title matches.

Summary

From passing the original course, a newly qualified official will need to complete 5 years of refereeing which should include a total of 400 bouts in order to progress to the Class A License.

Referees who can already evidence this through previous documented work will be reviewed and allocated a grade by the committee on a case by case basis.