Taekwondo Technical Officials

Becoming a Poomsae Referee is a rewarding opportunity for Dan grades.

The pivotal role involves scoring competitors Poomsae which quantitatively ranks competitors Poomsae. The technical role is vital in the success of competitions. The Poomsae Referee department runs regular Poomsae Referee courses.

British Taekwondo Poomsae competitions follow the World Taekwondo Poomsae regulations. The Recognised Poomsae regulations can be seen here.

Badge Referee Department

British Taekwondo Poomsae Referees have a transparent structure of progression. New Poomsae Referees start as Class 3. Poomsae Referees can then progress to Class 2 from 8 Poomsae Refereeing experiences* and completion of the Freestyle Poomsae Referee Qualification.

Subsequently, Class 2 Poomsae Referees can then progress to Class 1 following 8 Poomsae Refereeing experiences* and completion of the Para Poomsae Referee Qualification.

Class 1 Poomsae Referees are then able to progress to International Referee (IR). You can find out more about qualification eligibility here.

Progression Pathway

The British Taekwondo Poomsae Referee Department is responsible for the strategy and management of the education pathway of our Poomsae technical officials.

  • British Taekwondo Poomsae Referee Progression

  • Class 3 Referee Qualification

  • National Freestyle Referee Qualification Course

  • Class 2 Referee Qualification

  • National Para Referee Qualification Course

  • Class 1 Referee Qualification

  • International Referee Qualification 5 Day Course

  • Competition Chief Referee Qualification Online Course

Where do I start?

Details of upcoming Poomsae Referee courses are shared here on the website, across our social media channels and on the British Taekwondo Poomsae Referee Department’s Eventbrite page.

Referee Policies & Procedures

Please visit our Policies & Documents section to view our Poomsae Referee Policies & Procedures.