The level 1 Field Official course is an entry level qualification on the UK Athletics Track & Field Officials’ pathway.
This 4 hour, practical course will introduce candidates to the key roles, responsibilities and duties of a field official, including how to follow a duty sheet, complete a results card, application of the rules in field events and how to provide a safe environment for athletes to compete.
Who should go on this course?
Anyone aged 16+ who is interested in officiating the field events:
- Shot (including seated throws for disabled athletes)
- Discus (including seated throws for disabled athletes)
- Javelin (including seated throws for disabled athletes)
- Club Throw
- High Jump
- Long Jump
- Triple Jump
- Pole Vault
Under 16? Click to find out more about the Assistant Track and Field Officials’ course
What will I learn?
- Follow a duty sheet
- Be able to list field events and the various roles covered
- Understand and describe Health and Safety issues in Field Officiating
- Application of the rules surrounding field officiating
- Ability to present the result card accurately
Is there an assessment?
There isn’t an assessment but after the course candidates need to complete at least 4 competition experiences to become licensed. The experiences must cover both horizontal and vertical jumps and both shot and long throws. This may require candidates doing more than 4 experiences. Candidates must have completed the Health & Safety course for Officials.
What do I do after the course?
It is essential you complete a DBS. Click for guidance on this.
- Ensure there is a passport quality photograph saved to your profile in the myAthletics portal (head shot on a white background).
- Complete a minimum of 4 experiences for Level 1.
- Complete the Level 1 Application for Accreditation.
- Send your completed Level 1 Application for Accreditation to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Click for more information on progressing through the Officials’ Pathway
Health & Safety Online
This FREE online course should be completed for anyone training to become a Track and Field Athletics Official. The course will need to be completed before a licence can be issued at Level 1. The course will need to be undertaken by officials every three years.
Duration: The course will typically take around 90 minutes to complete with a multi choice assessment exercise upon competition. Note: To complete the course candidates will need to achieve a pass mark of 75% or above.