Tennis officials licence scheme

What is the officials’ licence scheme?

The officials’ licence scheme grants accreditation to officials who are committed to continuous personal development and conduct and who have undergone a successful criminal record check.

The scheme is an easy way for parents, players and tennis venues to identify those officials who meet these standards.

The benefits of joining

  • Easier and quicker to apply for selections and complete your annual work card
  • Personal accident insurance and civil liability insurance
  • Free membership to the Association of British Tennis Officials (ABTO)
  • Access to ABTO Wimbledon ballot
  • Access to free legal and tax advice through BASELINE - a business advice support line
  • Ability to purchase officials’ uniform and accessories
  • Opportunity to apply for selections from the LTA as a licensed official.

How do I join?

Officials are required to have completed and passed either a Referee Course or Basic Line Umpire Course or attended a Court Supervisor Course before they can join as well as having completed a criminal record check in the last 12 months.

Apply now for a criminal record check

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Once you become a member of the scheme, you will be required to comply with the minimum annual CPD requirement of 8 credits to retain your licence. This may be completed by attending courses / workshops and / or online learning.


The officials’ licence costs £25 per annum.


If you need any further guidance just call the British Tennis Services Team on: