ABOUT 80 soccer referees from around the country are expected to sit for their national exam in three divisions today.
Director of referees Paresh Kishore said the exam would be used to promote those referees who were on the verge of getting to a higher level.
"Some will be sitting for class three, some class two and some for one qualifications," he said.
"Based on their performance in each class, we will see how many can be promoted."
He said the aim was to get better qualified referees to officiate in tournaments and events around the country.
"Class one is the highest level and so far apart from the FIFA level referees, we have more than 15 who hold class one qualification.
"We are trying to get more qualified referees and this exam is a good way to gauge their knowledge on paper."
Tests will be held in Ba and Nadi for those in the Western Division, at the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Suva for those in the Southern Division and at the Tabia Sanatan Primary School for those in the Northern Division.
Kishore said upon the completion of the exam, the referees would attend a course next week as a refresher for the upcoming season.
"The course is timely because it will be in preparation for the Inter-District Championship and the beginning of the new season."