Become An Official

How Do I Get Started?

Knowledge/experience of athletics is not essential as full training will be provided. Full details of the qualifications pathway are available from the British Athletics website 

Information regarding courses currently offered by Athletics NI can be found below.  

If you would like to become and Official and volunteer at your local Athletics Club a list of athletic clubs throughout Northern Ireland is on the Athletics NI website.

Should you require additional information please contact Athletics NI via email or on 02890 602 707.

Download information regarding Insurance Cover for Officials


Becoming an Assistant Official – Training Available

In recent years the profile of athletics has greatly increased due to the Olympics in London 2012 and more recently Rio 2016, also with the World and Para World Championships in London in 2017. A lot of work within athletics could not be done without the work of the qualified athletics official.

You may already have an interest in the sport as a competitor or parent and even lend a hand at some competitions.

Why not take that interest to the next level and become a qualified official? Knowledge/experience of athletics is not essential as full training will be provided.

The course will enable you to assist qualified officials at events, learn the basics of officiating and get recognition for health and safety within athletics.


Next Course NOVEMBER 2017


Officials Level 1 Training Course

Athletics NI will be holding an Officials Level 1 Training Course on Sunday 18th June from 10am to 4pm at the Mary Peters Track. This course is equivalent to the old Officials Level 2a qualification, and is aimed at those who have completed the Assistant Officials course and are ready to choose to specialise in either Field events or Track events on the next stage of the Officials Pathway.

The course is free, but pre-registration is essential, and is open to those aged 16 and over.

Please bring a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothing.


When: Sunday 18th June 2017

Venue: Mary Peters Track

Times: 10am - 4pm

Fee: Free



Find Out More

To find out more about the roles of Officials at Track & Field Meets and the Northern Ireland Technical Officials Association please use the following links:


More info coming soon    Athletics NI Officials' Roles inc. Duty List

More Info coming soon  Northern Ireland Technical Officials Association