Training & Workshops

There are two stages to becoming a Kent FA qualified referee

If you would like to become a Kent FA Referee, you must firstly attend a 'Get into Refereeing' Workshop.

This is a two-hour Workshop, and they are held around the County on a midweek evening.

Get In Touch

Nick Dunn - Referee Development Officer

By Phone: 01622 791850
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

By Email:

Get Into Refereeing Workshops 2019-2020

In order to qualify to attend a Referee Course, the ‘Get into Refereeing’ Workshop is a pre-requisite and forms Unit 1 of the Course.

All Candidates who are 17 and under MUST attend with a Parent/Guardian, and the Parent/Guardian must remain for the duration of the Workshop.

You must enter your own FAN number, or create one if you do not have one. If you are booking on behalf of somebody else, please ensure you enter the details of the Candidate who wishes to enrol onto the course, and not your own!

Please find below a list of venues/dates of the forthcoming workshops.

Please, however, do be mindful that course venues may be subject to change, but the workshop will still be held at a venue close-by;

Thursday 9 January 2020 at Kent FA - Book Here

Monday 13 January 2020 at Dover Athletic Football Club - Book Here

Monday 18 May 2020 in Maidstone

Wednesday 20 May 2020 in Ramsgate

Thursday 4 June 2020 in Dartford

Wednesday 10 June 2020 in Tunbridge Wells

Thursday 2 July 2020 in Dover

Monday 27 July 2020 in Maidstone

Thursday 6 August 2020 in Bromley

Thursday 3 September 2020 in Ramsgate

Thursday 1 October 2020 in Maidstone 

 Thursday 3 December 2020 in Maidstone

- Each workshop will begin at 18:45, with each space costing £12.50;
- Payment must be made through the online booking link only.
- All workshops are subject to run, providing a minimum number of Candidates enroll.
- Referee Course dates WILL NOT appear on our website, but dates and venues will be provided only to those who successfully attend.
- Only those who have attended a workshop will be permitted to enroll onto a Referee Course.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may wish to become a Kent FA Referee. As a side note, if you are still playing, you may need to make a decision as to whether you continue to focus on this route in football, or indeed sacrifice this to focus on being a referee; it is difficult to balance both commitments.

Whilst we do encourage players to ‘take up the whistle’, we expect all trainee referees to sign up to a League to gain independent appointments and not to officiate solely for one Club.

We look forward to welcoming you onto a ‘GIR’ workshop, in the meantime if you have any further questions, then please do not hesitate to contact Nick Dunn!