Become a Referee:

Refereeing Registration Form 2023     (Word)       (PDF)

Referee Development Program Info     (Word)       (PDF)

Starting Thursday, February 16, 2022


This program is designed to certify individuals for provincial-level officiating, in addition to providing the foundation for national, and international officiating. Theoretical teaching as well as practical training will be incorporated.

Who Should Attend:

  • Aspiring referees who want to learn how right-of-way, and rules are applied at a local, national, and international level.
  • Athletes who want to improve their fencing and get a more complete understanding of the sport.
  • Coaches who want to maintain their grasp of current interpretations and rule updates.
  • Parents interested in bettering their understanding of tournaments and the basics of sport fencing.
  • Current referees for further personal development.


  • Must be at least 12 years of age.
  • Open to coaches, athletes, parents, referees, and other MFA members.


$120 per person (this includes registration fees and course materials)


Theory examination


Certification involves 2 components:

  1. Theory examination
  2. Practical examination

Note: Both components require a grade of 70% or more to pass.

Theory Examination:

  • General knowledge of fencing rules.
  • Specific knowledge of a single weapon (of your choosing).

Practical Examination:

Only candidates who pass the theory exam are eligible for the practical examination.

The candidate must officiate at the 4 local competitions where he/she will be observed by an evaluator.  Program participants will receive feedback for his/her work following each tournament.

Refereeing at a regional tournament, such as the Militia Open in Saskatchewan, may also be a required and will be included in the syllabus if applicable. The overall practical performance at these tournaments will decide the result.

Characteristics of Practical Evaluation:
See details in the Evaluation Document

  1. Attitude of the candidate (/10)
  2. Decision making (/40)
  3. Hand signals (/10)
  4. Applying the FIE rules (/20)
  5. Phrase d’armes (/20)

In cases of evaluation conducted through Video Arbitrage the candidate will:

  • wear a classic suit for his or her exam
  • face the Video Arbitrage that will be shown on-screen

Fencing actions will be played to the candidate, once in real speed, and once with a 10 second review in slow-motion:

  • preside 4 to 6 bouts of 15 hits
  • preside over specific/unique fencing situations

Teaching Plan:

Starting Thursday, January 26, 2022.  Practical portion to be conducted during the fencing season.

Content Time
Theory 4 hours
Practical using Video Arbitrage 6 hours
Practice (see recommendations) Training at club
– Provincial Team training
– Training at camps
Theory Exams 2 hours
Practical Exam Local competitions or online by Video Arbitrage
– Golden Boy competition
– Regional competition (as required)

Areas covered in course:

  • Classification of fencing actions
  • Terminology
  • Characteristics of the three weapons
  • Piste (surface of play)
  • Formula of competitions
  • Offences and their penalties
  • Refereeing and judging of hits
  • Video Arbitrage
  • Practice

Post-Program Recommendations:

  • Practice at your club at least once a week
  • Take opportunities to practice at the provincial level (a good referee must continue to practice refereeing – more practice ensures better results)
  • Officiating at least two provincial team camps