Arbiter and Trainer Certification
There are two certifications endorsed by Chessa. Arbiter certifications through (SACAA) South African Arbiters Association and Trainer certifications through SACTA (South African Chess Trainers Association.)

Arbiters are the backbone of chess, as without them tournaments cannot happen and without trainers, we cannot see the development of the sport that we wish to see.

We encourage our members and particularly parent players to obtain these certifications to assist in the running and development of the club. See also our additional courses targeted at trainers professionalism.

Trainers Certification - SACTA

School Chess Supervisor/Instructor

The same examination as the arbiters, managed by SACAA.

Level E Instructor
(Entry level)
Able to train players up to 1200 rating. Examination to attain a certificate for this. (3 hours)

Level 1 Instructor

Able to train players up to 1500 rating
Examination to attain a certificate for this (3 hours)

Level 2 Instructor

Able to train players up to 1750 rating
Examination to attain a certificate for this (3 hours)

Level 3 Instructor

Able to train players up to 2000 rating – the instructor must have a rating of at least 2000 and extensive practical experience as a coach.  No formal examination will be set by SACTA for Level 3.  CHESSA/SACTA will award the suitable candidate with such a certificate if applied for and if the required reports and documents are submitted.  

Arbiter Certification - SACAA

School Supervisor (I hour exam)
The syllabus of this examination is in the SACTA Manual. This qualifies an adult person to teach the basic moves of chess in a classroom situation and enables the teachers to manage a round robin type of classroom competition. The pass mark is 60%.

Tournament Supervisor (2 hour exam)
For this examination a fair knowledge of the latest Laws of Chess and the practical application thereof in school-related chess competitions are required. A superficial knowledge of the Swiss Paring system and the Round Robin paring systems as well as tie-breaking methods used is required. The pass mark is 70%, but candidates that score between 60-69% will be awarded the School Supervisor Certificate.

Provincial Arbiter (3 hour examination)
The candidate is expected to have a thorough knowledge of the Laws of Chess and experience in the application of the laws in the rated tournament environment. A thorough knowledge of the Swiss (manual pairing) and Round Robin systems of paring as well as all tie-breaking methods associated with each and questions on the practical pairings will be set. Candidates will be questioned on the organisation of chess events and associated administrative rulings. Before a certificate is issued the candidate must hand in a report of a rated event where he/she was the arbiter or assistant arbiter. The pass mark is 70%.

National Arbiter (3 hours examination)
The candidate must have been a Provincial Arbiter for at least two years and demonstrated (by submission of reports) that he/she actively participated in the organisation and arbiting of at least two provincial level (or higher) tournaments in the past year.  Apart from a very thorough knowledge of the Laws, the ability to apply the laws even in situations not covered by the Laws will be required. The pass mark is 75%.
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