CHESS SA appointed the SA Chess Arbiters Association (SACAA) to draw up examinations to standardise chess arbiter qualifications in SA. 
 Examinations are usually held twice a year, in July and in December, and may be written in any province provided the local Provincial Arbiter Association arranged for invigilation and administration at least one month before the due date.

If a Union/body requires examinations to be set and written on other dates than July/Dec, SACAA may charge an additional fee for the special arrangement. 
 The candidate, who wishes to write any of the examinations, must contact SACAA to book for the writing of a particular examination. The candidate can budget for a fee of R 80* per paper – dates and specific fees will be announced in the Newsletter in 2009. This is payable into the account of SACAA one month before the examination date, and is not refundable.

*Fee may change.

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School Supervisor (I hour exam)

The syllabus of this examination is in the SACTA Manual or can be obtained from Eddie Price. 
 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%. The School Chess Supervisor Course (Originator and Examiner): Mr Eddie Price. Cost of the course notes with full content – R 60 plus postage
. Order from Mr. Price directly.

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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