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

These courses are 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 can go on these courses?

New volunteers, who are over 16 years of age, 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 16 who has attended the Assistant Officials course.

How do I find the right course for me?

The course descriptors listed in the menu on the left 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.

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