Official's Qualifications

From entry point to world-level officiating, Officials follow a similar pathway to those enjoyed by athletes and coaches. Welsh Athletics offer courses and development opportunities to progress through the first three levels.

To become a UKA Assistant Official, Level 1 Track or Level 1 Field Licensed Official follow the steps below:

  1. Book onto your free Official course by emailing an application form to zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org
  2. You will receive a confirmation email which includes your URN/WA number.
  3. Use your URN number to log on to your myATHLETICS portal.
  4. Complete the online DBS procedure and upload a passport photo.
  5. Attend either an Assistant Official, Level 1 Track or Level 1 Field course. 
  6. Attend a Health and Safety module.
  7. Attend 4 varying* competition experiences and record in your accreditation form. 
  8. Email your accreditation form to zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org for grading in order to receive for UKA Level 1 License.

 *Level 1 Field Officials will need to experience 1 horizontal jump, 1 vertical jump, 1 shot and 1 long throw. Starter/Starter's Assistant will need 4 experiences in each discipline. Assistant Official will need 2 competition experiences.

To become a UKA Level 1 Endurance Licensed Official follow the steps below:

  1. Book onto your free Official course by emailing an application form to zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org
  2. You will receive a confirmation email which includes your URN/WA number.
  3. Use your URN number to log on to your myATHLETICS portal.
  4. Complete the online DBS procedure and upload a passport photo.
  5. Attend a Level 1 Endurance Official course. 
  6. Attend a Risk Awareness module.
  7. Attend 4 varying competition experiences and record in your accreditation form. 
  8. Email your accreditation form to zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org for grading in order to receive for UKA Level 1 License.

For more information on the official qualifications please see below.

The Assistant Official course is a basic introduction into key areas of officiating, this will enable you to assist at track and field meetings under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official.

Course details

Duration: 2-3 hours

Content:

  • The responsibilities and role of an Assistant Official
  • Measuring and recording times and distance
  • Making, sharing and recording judgements
  • Ensuring safety and reporting concerns
  • Communicating with athletes and other officials
  • Following procedures and applying basic rules

Minimum age: 14

Cost: Free

For upcoming course dates click here.

If you would like your club to host an official course please contact zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org for more information.

 

Successful completion of the Level 1 Award for Technical Officials (Track and Field) will enable individuals to work with other qualified UKA Technical Officials in a specific discipline; Track Judge, Timekeeper, Field Judge, Starter / Starter's Assistant, Photo finish.

Course details

Duration: 3-4 hours

Content:

By attending the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and application of rules relevant to the role (specific to Track Judge, Field Judge, Starter's Assistant, Timekeeper or Photo finish)
  • Ability to follow duty sheet
  • Relationships with other officials
  • Relationships with athletes
  • Health and Safety
  • Appropriate attire/equipment

All of the modules are interactive and they are designed to help officials apply new knowledge and skills in practice, either through workshops and discussion, or through practical drills.

The Level 1 Photo finish course will outline the different tasks within the photo finish team, the role of an operator and the use of the equipment. The course is mainly of a practical/involvement level to suit new Officials in this discipline (knowledge of Word or Excel is beneficial). 

The Level 1 Timekeeping course is ideal for those with a high level of accuracy or those wishing to improve with experience and practice.

Minimum age: 14

Cost: Free

For upcoming course dates click here.

If you would like your club to host an official course please contact zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org for more information.

You are required to complete the online Health and Safety module as part of Level 1 Award for Technical Officials (Track and Field). You can take the module at your own pace and leave to return later if required. The module has multiple-choice quizzes after each section; the first section covers generic health and safety and the second focuses on Health and Safety within each of the disciplines. You will need to score 70% across all sections to pass.

Cost: Free

 

To book onto the online Health and Safety module click here.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Content:

Following attendance on the Level 1 - Endurance Officials course candidates will have knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • How endurance officials operate at road and cross-country races
  • The requisite skills to be an endurance official
  • The key officials who operate at an endurance event and their responsibilities
  • Knowledge and application of rules
  • Risk assessment and practical considerations
  • Relationship with other officials and athletes
  • The tools to do the job
  • A working knowledge of the start, course and finish of an endurance event
  • Appropriate attire/equipment

Minimum age: 18

Cost: Free

For upcoming course dates click here.

If you would like your club to host an official course please contact zoe.holloway@welshathletics.org for more information.

You are required to complete a Risk Assessment module as part of the Level 1 - Endurance Officials course.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Content:

Following attendance at this course candidates will have knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Reasons for undertaking a risk assessment
  • Risk Awareness methodology and content
  • Identify hazards, risks and how to control them
  • Who is at risk from an event
  • Who is responsible for Risk Awareness and who needs to be involved
  • Appreciation of the production of a Risk Assessment document
  • Timetable for the production of a Risk Assessment
  • Practical considerations in the production of Risk Assessment

Cost: Free

For upcoming modules dates please click here.

The Race Directors course is the perfect opportunity for Race Directors and Event Organisers to learn more about the requirements to putting on an endurance race.

Duration: 1 day

Content: The course programme includes;

Event Venue
Relationship with Local Authority and Highways
Event Plan
Risk Assessment
Race Licensing
Other Material
Feedback/Questions

Cost: £50

Maximum attendees per course: 30 people on a first come, first serve basis

For upcoming course dates please click here.

The role of an event adjudicator is to ensure that race organisers are compliant of licencing conditions and that races are upheld to high standards of health and safety practices. This, in turn, ensures that insurance regulations are maintained. An additional benefit is that the presence of an event adjudicator will allow Race Referees, where appointed, to solely focus on their role of upholding the rules of competition. Event Adjudicators will also be tasked of generating a report that will allow race organisers to increase the standard of their race and the standards of events across Wales.

Event Adjudicators can be;

  • Current Endurance Official (Level 2b)
  • An existing Regional Licence Officer
  • A current Race Promoter (CV to be submitted to runbritain Technical Group)

If you are interested in becoming an Event Adjudicator, contact tom.marley@welshathletics.org

Event Adjudicators will be DBS checked, covered by the UKA Public Liability Insurance and issued with accreditation. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed. Welsh Championship races will require both an Event Adjudicator and a Race Referee.

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