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

5th November 2017

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. 


Getting Started as an Endurance Official

26th November 2017

To become a licensed Endurance Official you will need to attend a Risk Awareness and Level 1 Officials' course. Both courses will be delivered alongside one another and will take one day.

This course is open to anyone aged 18 or over who wants to follow the pathway to becoming a qualified endurance official.

After completing the course you will have a knowledge and understanding of how endurance officials operate at road and cross country races, the responsibilities of key officials at an endurance event, knowledge and application of the rules of the sport, a working knowledge of the start, course and finish of an endurance event, identification of hazards and risks.

After completing the course candidates will need to gain four recognised experiences at endurance events, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Endurance Official. These experiences should be documented and submitted to Athletics NI.

Once an Access NI check has been completed, a Level 1 Club Endurance Officials Licence will then be issued.


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