Level 4 Referee
I have asked.You still have to pass the FA test. The one County do is to verify you can do it to stop people getting all the way to promotion and then failing the test. My old County wouldn't even observe you if you hadnt passed the test.
Last year Luke did a practise test at Carn Brea. If be surprised if that didn't happen again and if it wasn't done at Par too for the more eastern County refs.