The NSWBA maintains a list of Bridge Directors who are qualified and currently active. To this end clubs are asked, each year, to confirm the names of those who directed their games.
To become qualified at club level, directors sit an open book exam paper, which can be completed in the candidate’s own time, and is available through the NSWBA. The marking fee is $35 (incl. GST).
The annual fee for club level directors (Grades D and C2) was abolished in 2011. If no report is received on a director they are simply flagged as inactive.
Directors at National, State or Congress level are now required to register directly with the NSWBA and pay an accreditation fee of $50 themselves. (Clubs are welcome to pay this on behalf of their congress directors if they so choose.)
All congresses must be run by directors accredited at congress level or higher and registered with NSWBA.
Grade A - NATIONAL DIRECTOR
Grade A will only be available through the Australian Bridge Federation (ABF) National Accreditation Scheme.
Grade B - STATE DIRECTOR
Promotions to this grade are by the NSWBA Council on the recommendation of the Head of State Director Accreditation, on the basis of extensive experience and demonstrated competence in directing.
Grade C - CONGRESS / CHAMPIONSHIP DIRECTOR
C1 - Congress Directors. Directors with extensive experience who have passed the Grade C exam and any required practical exam.
C2 - Championship Directors. In most cases these will be senior directors at club level. They will have passed the Grade C exam*, be capable of running all major club events and should be in a position to advise and assist less experienced directors within their club.
Grade D - CLUB DIRECTOR
Club directors will have passed the Grade D exam* and will be competent to direct normal single session events at club level.
*The Grade C and D exams are available from the NSWBA. The fee for marking the Grade C and D exams is $35.
Courses for Club Directors (Grade D) are run twice a year in Sydney and at occasionally at country clubs if there are enough participants to be viable. Clubs should contact the Head of State Director Accreditation, Tony Howes at
There is no course for Grade C. Directors wishing to upgrade to this level should gain experience by assisting directors at congresses and state events before completing the Grade C exam.
GRADING REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTERPOINTING
The following requirements have been set by the ABF for the award of masterpoints:
* Congress events require a director of Grade C1 or higher.
* Super Congress events (Grade B3 masterpoints) require a director of Grade B or higher.
At the present time, there are no other restrictions on the level of directors.