Track & Field pathway

Select an option below to view more information about each pathway step.

The track and field pathway can begin at Assistant Official or Level 1. Assistant Official is not a pre-requisite for Level 1.

Attend

Collect

  • Attend a minimum of 2 athletics meetings (under supervision of a qualified level 1 or above official)
  • Complete a DBS (16 or over) or self declaration (aged 16 or under)

Submit

Attend

Collect

  • Officiate at a minimum of four athletics meetings (for Level 1 Starter – this must be four experiences as a starter AND four experiences as a starters assistant)
  • Complete a DBS check

Submit

Attend

Collect

  • Officiate at a minimum of six additional meetings (for Level 2 Starter – this must be six experiences as a starter AND six experiences as a starters assistant)
  • Obtain one positive report – contact your COfSec to arrange this
  • Show evidence of self reflection within Record of Experience (ROE)

Submit

Attend

  • Complete all steps at Level 2

Collect

  • Officiate at a minimum of 10 additional meetings (for Level 2 Starter – this must be 10 experiences as a starter AND 10 experiences as a starters assistant)
  • Obtain two positive reports (reporter must be level 4 or above). For level 3 Starter this must include one report as a starter and one report as a starters assistant. Contact your Tri-Regional Upgrading Secretary to arrange these
  • Show evidence of mentoring and self reflection within Record of Experience (ROE)

Submit

Attend

Collect

  • Show evidence of mentoring and self reflection within record of experience
  • Officiate at a minimum of 30 additional athletics meetings over two years (three years for photo-finish)
  • Obtain a minimum of six positive reports (Level 4 or above) – contact your Tri-Regional Upgrading Secretary to arrange these

Submit

Download the guidelines for presenting applications for Level 4.

County Officials’ Secretaries (Track & Field)

Your County Officials’ Secretary (COfSec) are a vital link between Officials in their county, meeting organisers and England Athletics. CofSecs provide invaluable support and guidance and form a very important relationship with officials from within their county. This includes:

  • Finding events to attend to gain experience
  • Advising and supporting Officials in their development including upgrading processes
  • Identifying/allocating experienced mentors to support new Officials’ development
  • Identify and arrange training courses that are required for clubs and counties
  • Encouraging and supporting individuals attending Assistant/Level 1 Officials courses to complete the process of attaining their Officials qualification
  • Maintain contact with local clubs in encouraging the recruitment and development of club members interested in becoming a Technical Official

Tri-Regional Groups

Tri-Regional Groups form a link between Officials within the multiple counties and the respective tri-regions (Northern Group, Midlands/South West Group and the Southern Group). They have an important role in coordinating and supporting the Officials at or working towards Levels 3 and 4 across all disciplines across England. For any Officials aspiring to become a level 3 or 4 official, these are the groups that will provide the support in attaining these qualifications.

Record of Experience

Completing your Record of Experience form is an excellent way to evidence the experience, skills and knowledge gained at the events you have attended. It can also assist the CofSec/Mentor/Tri-Region in supporting your development and progression as an athletics Official. The form can be used to record officiating at a competition, attendance at meetings or providing training as a tutor for both track/field and endurance experiences/events.

Your Record of Experience can be found via the myMembership section of myAthleticsPortal. For queries please contact Marc Ritchie, Technical Officials Development Manager at England Athletics: mritchie@englandathletics.org

  • Level 1 and 2 Officials ‘Record of Experience Forms’ are to be sent to their CofSec by 30 September each year
  • Level 3 and 4 Officials ‘Record of Experience Forms’ are to be sent to their Tri-Regional Secretary by 30 September each year