Level 1 officials qualification

3.5 hour course.

This qualification allows candidates to specialise in a single discipline as a Track or Field judge, Timekeeper or Photo Finish judge, Starter/Starters Assistant or Endurance Official, under the supervision of a qualified UKA technical official. The course consists of an introduction to officiating as well as the event specific module. The courses are designed to help you recognise the specific qualities required in each discipline

This course is delivered in both theoretical and practical elements covering :-

  • Qualities & skills needed to be a good official
  • Equipment required for your chosen discipline
  • Communicating with athletes and other officials
  • Positioning yourself for best viewing
  • How to follow a duty sheet
  • Understanding signs & signals
  • How to interpret & apply the rules
  • Ensuring safety and reporting concerns

Who should go on this course?

New officials are able to enter the system at this level if they know which discipline they wish to specialise in or have some experience within athletics. Or anyone over the age of 16 who has attended the Assistant Officials course.

How do I find the right course for me?

The course descriptors listed in the menu will give you details of the content of each qualification. You can then check the Courses for Officials page to find which courses are currently taking bookings.

What happens after the course?

After completing the course you will need to gain experience in your chosen discipline by assisting at a minimum of four Track & Field competitions or road & cross country events, under the supervision of a qualified UKA technical official. You will need to keep a record of each competition in your logbook and on an annual record of experience form and have it signed by a qualified UKA official or an appropriate teacher if at a schools event.

In addition, if you are over 16 years of age you will need:

  • To complete a PVG form (Protecting Vulnerable Groups). This form can be obtained from your club welfare officer or email scottishathletics at welfare@scottishathletics.org.uk
  • Attend an athletics health & safety course

Once you have received your PVG certificate and completed a minimum of four experiences, then send your completed Application for licence as level 1 official to Shona Malcolm, Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ and a level 1 officials licence can be requested.

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