Becoming a licenced official

Becoming a licenced official

Whether your child is a member of your local athletics club, you are club member that has picked up an injury, even if the last time you wore a pair of trainers was in your school PE lesson you could become a valued athletics official. There are a number of options in what you may want to do as an official:

You can also read more about the Officials' Progression here

The first step is to attend an Officials' course. 

The first step is to attend one of the Officials' courses listed below.  Your local Education Coordinators manage and coordinate a comprehensive programme of officials courses.  Click here to find your nearest course.
Alternatively, you can register your interest by contacting your County Officials' Secretary; full contact details can be found at

Getting Started as a Track & Field Official

To become a qualified athletics track and field official you can start with an Assistant Official or an Officials' Level 1 (event specific) course. Most people opt to attend a Level 1 course.

Your Level 1 officials' licence will insure you to work under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official in a specific discipline with a view to becoming a qualified official.Within the Level 1 course you have the option to specialise in a specific event.  These events include:

  • Track
  • Field
  • Starter/Starter's Assistant
  • Timekeeping
  • Photofinish

It is a one day course, with no assessment.  After completing the Level 1 course you will have a knowledge and understanding of appropriate attire and 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), Health and Safety. Click here to find courses.

Getting Started as an Endurance Official

To become a licenced Endurance Official you will need to attend a Risk Awareness and Level 1 Officials' course.  Generally both courses are delivered alongside one another and when combined both courses are one day in duration.

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. Click here to find courses.

Other endurance courses, qualifications and resources

For road running there are also a number of other courses, qualifications and resources that are available.

  • Information on Event Adjudicators is available here
  • The runbritain Race Director's Club here
  • You can find out about the Race Organisers' portal to help you organise an event here. This website automatically produces a range of reports and maps for the race organiser to help them with their own planning. A number of the reports automatically generated are of the type and format required by people such as land owners or local authorities.
  • Road Traffic Management course - The 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.   Click here to read more and see right of page for downloads. 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. Click here for runbritain Race Director portal

Getting Started booklets

We have also produced a series of Getting Started booklets which you might fnd useful.

You can download them from the right hand side (or below if on phone/ tablet). 
Please note these were produced a few years ago and although the basic information is still relevant, the Levels information and possibly some of the COfSec contact details areout of date in these booklets and should be ignored.



Checklist to becoming a licenced offical

  • Attend course
  • Complete and submit your officiating experiences. 
  • Have you done your DBS check? Click here for more information
  • Have you sent a photo for your licence?

If you wish to access full instructions on keeping your profile, including your photograph, up to date, as well as ensuring your DBS check is current, click here to download our guide to using the portal (PDF 1.6MB).