Judge Qualification Requirements

 

The RYA awards both Regional Judge (RJ) and National Judge (NJ) qualifications. The International Judge (IJ) qualification is awarded by World Sailing.

All RYA Judge qualifications are held for four years before the end of which time an application for renewal must be made. Applicants must be:

  • Age 18 or over for National Judge; 16 or over for RYA Judge
  • A member of the RYA
  • An experienced racing sailor
  • An email user with internet access
  • A UK passport holder (or principal residence in the UK)

The table below provides a summary of the Judge qualification requirements. For all qualification requirements in more detail, please view our competency document.

Requirement

Regional Judge

National Judge

 

Initial

Renewal

Initial

Renewal

Course

Yes

Not required

Yes

Not required

 

 

Examination

 

Regional Judge exam (min 50%)

 

 

Not required

 

National Judge exam (min 65%)

 

 

Not required

Hearings

4

4

4

4

Experience

2 events

4 events

4 major events

4 major events

References

1

Not required

2

Not required

VHF Certificate

Not required

Not required

Yes

Yes

Powerboat Qualification

 

Not required

 

Not required

 

PB 2

 

PB 2

Conference

Not required

Yes

Not required

Yes

References must be from the events given on the application form. 

Attendance at an RYA Judge Course is acceptable in place of conference or CPD workshop attendance.

RYA National Judges who are appointed as World Sailing International Judges (with MNA affiliation as GBR), will be re-appointed as an RYA National Judge without further application until their International qualification lapses. After it lapses, they will be re-appointed as a National Judge for one year (during which time they should apply for renewal to maintain the qualification).

The Judge application and reference form can be found here