The R&A’s formal Rules Education programme consists of a three-tiered approach with the aim of graduating delegates through the stages to develop their Rules knowledge. The Schools are tailored to provide basic instruction for those newer to the game, as well as meeting the demands of more experienced officials looking for tournament specific guidance.
Ideally, delegates should successfully complete each stage before progressing to the next level, attaining and building a comprehensive Rules knowledge in the process. The three levels are:
Level 1 Introductory Rules School
Level 2 Rules School
Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School
At each level, the opportunity to sit an exam is made available at the respective Schools and is recognised throughout The R&A’s jurisdiction as reflective of the delegate’s understanding of the Rules.
Level 1 – Introductory Rules School
- One day School conducted by The R&A or, on occasion, by a national golf association/federation.
- Focus on principal Definitions and A Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf.
- Includes an on-course practical demonstration and Introductory Rules Exam (Level 1).
Level 2 – Rules School
- Two and a half day School either conducted by The R&A or, on occasion, by a national golf association/federation.
- Rules Exam (Level 2).
Level 3 – Tournament Administrators and Referees School
- Three day School including sessions on course set-up, pace of play, suspension of play and temporary immovable obstructions (TIOs)
- Rules Exam (Level 3)
- Held in St Andrews annually and in South America, Africa and Asia, generally on a two or four-yearly basis – by invitation only.
For details about what is covered at each level of Rules School, see under "Related Documents" to view PDF files of specimen programmes.
Upcoming Rules Schools