Becoming a Track & Field Official

The UKA Level 1 Officials Qualification allows candidates aged 16 or over to work in one of the following disciplines under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official with a view to becoming a qualified official.officials-kurtisboard.jpg

  • Track Judge
  • Field Judge
  • Timekeeper
  • Photo Finish Judge
  • Starter/Starters Assistant

New officials can enter the system at this level if you know which discipline you wish to specialise in or have experience within athletics. The Level 1 training course lasts for approximately 5 hours, and there is no assessment on the day. After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

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  • Knowledge and application of rules relevant to their chosen discipline.
  • How to follow duty sheet
  • Health and Safety procedures
  • Appropriate attire/equipment
  • Qualities & skills needed to be a good official


After you have attended the course, you can complete your Level 1 Officials Qualification by:

  • Officiating at a minimum of four athletics meetings, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official and recording and submitting to Athletics Northern Ireland, evidence of this.
  • Completing an on line Health & Safety Course.
  • Undertaking an enhanced Access NI Check.

Once licenced, you will be covered by British Athletics Insurance to officiate at Track and Field Events events organised by British Athletics and Athletics Northern Ireland.

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Information about the Track & Field Officials Pathway can be found at the following link.

https://www.uka.org.uk/competitions/officials/education-and-training/track-field-officials-pathway/

Here you will also find detailed information about how to progress through each level of the pathway.

officialspathway-trackfield.jpgThe Application for Accreditation form for Level 1 can be found on the level 1 section of the Education and Training page. Here you will also find the application for accreditation forms for Level 2 and 3 together with the Level 2 logbook questions and the Level 3 Report Forms.

Level 1 Upgrade Documents

When applying to become a Level 1 Official you should complete the application form, including your experiences on the back of the form. This should be sent to officials@athleticsni.org.

Level 2 Upgrade Documents

When applying to become a Level 2 Official you should complete the application form, the relevant Report Form, and the relevant discipline-specific questions. These should be sent to your mentor once completed for checking and feedback, then sent on to officials@athleticsni.org.

Level 3 Upgrade Documents

When applying to become a Level 3 Official you should complete the application form and the relevant Report Form. These should be sent to your mentor once completed for checking and feedback, then sent on to officials@athleticsni.org.

Level 4 Upgrade Documents

To upgrade to Level 4, you must complete a course delivered by UKA Further information on level 4 and the Competition Management Award can be found on the Level 4 section of the Education and Training page.

Details of the competition management course can be found at the Competition Management Award section of the British Athletics Education and Training page.