The new on-line Rules seminar and exam for everyday golfers is available from the following webpage - http://rulesacademy.randa.org/
The Australian National Rules Accreditation & Education Programs Framework will now consist of six tiers following the recent inclusion of The R&A Rules Academy.
The R&A Rules Academy is based on the Etiquette Section and the Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf and provides a great introduction to the Rules for players starting out in the game. The course features video, images and diagrams of Rules situations and includes revision questions after each section. Major championship winners Padraig Harrington and Suzann Pettersen both serve as Rules trainers in this interactive resource.
The R&A Rules Academy covers the essentials that all golfers should know such as sportsmanship, integrity and respect. It adopts a tee to green approach and tells you what you need to know at each point; from where to tee your ball, to taking relief from various conditions, to holing out and returning the score card.
At the end of the course, people can take a Rules Exam and receive a certificate. Exams consist of 50 questions broken down into 30 multiple choice questions and 20 penalty stroke input questions. Participants must attain a mark of at least 70% to pass.
For those wishing to continue to develop their Rules knowledge, there are the Club Level and State Level Rules Accreditation Courses that are conducted by the Australian State Associations. And at the elite levels there is the Advanced State Level Rules & Competitions Course, or perhaps the opportunity to be a National Referee at the Emirates Australian Open or the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
The Framework’s six tiers are as follows:
1. Rules & Handicapping General Education Programs
2. R&A Rules Academy (1st Proof of Competency Level)
3. Club Level (2nd Proof of Competency Level)
4. State Level (3rd Proof of Competency Level)
5. Advanced State Level Rules & Competitions Course
6. National Level
For more information on the National Rules Accreditation & Education Programs Framework please click here.