Courses and Bookings

Courses and Bookings

Your local Education Coordinators manage and coordinate a comprehensive programme of Assistant Official and Level 1 courses. UK Athletics (UKA) deliver Level 4 and the Competition Management Award courses and you can find out more on their website.

Click here to find your nearest Assistant Official or Level 1 course.

Alternatively, you can register your interest or ask questions by contacting your local County Officials' Secretary; full contact details can be found at www.englandathletics.org/cofsec.

Below you can read and download course descriptions:

There are also a number of courses and resources for people involved in endurance events please click here to find out more.


Assistant Official course

Who should go on this course?

Who should go on this course? Anyone aged 14 or over interested in gaining an insight and intro duction to the key areas of officiating that will enable them to assist at track and field meetings under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official. 

What will I learn?

Delivered as a single workshop of four hours in six sections with both theoretical and practical elements covering:

  • The responsibilities and role of an Assistant Official
  • Measuring and recording times and distance
  • Making, sharing and recording judgements
  • Ensuring safety and reporting concerns
  • Communicating with athletes and other officials
  • Following procedures and applying basic rules

What will I be able to do?

After completing the course candidates will need to:

  • Gain experience by attending a minimum of two athletics meetings assisting a qualified Official. 
  • Complete a Recorded Evidence Form detailing each meeting and have this signed by a qualified UKA Technical Official.  (These experiences can also be gained at shools’ athletics meetings, signed off by the appropriate teacher.)
  • Undertake a DBS check, if aged 16 or over, or if under 16 make a Self Declaration. 

A Level 1 Assistant Officials' Licence will then be issued. 

How can I request a course?

Please contact the Education Coordinator for your area.  Go to www.englandathletics.org/your-area and click through to your region where their details are available in the ‘About us’ section. 

England Athletics will provide the tutor, all course administration, and resources for each candidate.  All we ask of you is to supply the venue and equipment detailed below:

  • Classroom or meeting room with digital projector and screen, flipchart and pens
  • Indoor/outdoor activity area
  • Stopwatches and measuring tapes (one between two candidates)
  • Relay batons, javelin (actual or soft-play), shot put / balls
  • High jump stands and bar
  • Long jump pit / mat plus rake and take-off board. 

To download a leaflet please click on the image to the right, or below if you are on a phone.


Level 1 Track and Field course

Who should go on this course?

Anyone aged 14 or over who wishes to work under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official in a specific discipline (Track, Field, Timekeeping, Photofinish and Starter/ Starter’s Assistant) with a view to becoming a qualified official (when aged 16 or over).  How many days will it take? One day, with no assessment. 

What will I learn?

After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Appropriate attire/equipment
  • Ability to follow duty sheet
  • Knowledge and application of rules relevant to the role (specific to Track Judge, Field, Starter’s Assistant, Timekeeper or Photofinish)
  • Relationship with other officials
  • Relationship with athletes
  • Health and Safety

What will I be able to do?

You will be able to work under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official in a specific discipline (Track, Field, Timekeeping, Photofinish and Starter / Starter’s Assistant) with a view to becoming a qualified official.  You can become a Licenced Level 1 Official by:

  • Being aged 16 or over attending a minimum of four athletics meetings
  • Operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official
  • Recording and submitting to England Athletics evidence of undertaking a variety of roles
  • Undertaking an enhanced DBS check. 

To download a leaflet please click on the image to the right, or below if you are on a phone.


Level 1 Endurance and Risk Awareness course

Who should go on this course?

Anyone aged 18 or over who is willing to work under the guidance of a qualified UKA Endurance Official and wants to follow the Pathway to becoming a qualified endurance official. 

How many days will it take?

One day, with no assessment. 

What will I learn?

After completing the course candidates will have a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • How endurance officials operate at road and cross country races
  • The requisite skills to be an endurance official
  • Relationships with other officials and athletes
  • The responsibilities of key officials at an endurance event
  • Knowledge and application of the rules of the sport
  • Working knowledge of the start, course and finish of an endurance event
  • The tools to do the job
  • Risk assessment: reasons why, practical considerations
  • Identification of hazards and risks
  • The Endurance Officials pathway
  • Appropriate attire and equipment

What will I be able to do?

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. 
  • Document these experiences in their ‘Record of Experiences’ to maintain evidence of undertaking a variety of roles, and submit this to England Athletics. 
  • Undertake a DBS check. 

A Level 1 Club Endurance Officials Licence will then be issued. 

To progress to become a Level 2 Endurance Official you will need to submit a minimum of an additional six competition experiences and four level modules. 

To download a leaflet please click on the image to the right, or below if you are on a phone.


Other courses for Endurance Officials

Road Traffic Management (RTM) course

TESS groupThe marshalling of all types of open air events often necessitates the implementation of temporary traffic management measures and it is important to plan and carry this out safely, to minimising congestion, delay and inconvenience.   

Please note this course is not part of the Endurance Officials' Pathway but may be of interest to Endurance officials.

Race Directors' course

Run by UKA - includes: Working with Public Partners and Organisations, Race Rules, Understanding Legal and Administration Issues for the 21st Century Road Race, Medical, Making the most of IT in delivering a successful Road Race, Briefing Marshals/Stewards Best Practice, The key to Safe Race – Health and Safety. 

First Aid course for sports volunteers

England Athletics has worked with Tess Safe and Trained to create an accredited course for sports volunteers. The one-day course has been endorsed by the runbritain medical group and is suitable for all race organisers running events with UKA permits. It is also suitable for clubs and their members.

Event Adjudicators

To support the important work of race organisers, to help them to improve the standard of road races across England and ensure that they are being held in compliance of licensing conditions, Event Adjudicators are needed for all licenced road and multi-terrain races.