Race Walking official

The level 1 Race Walking Official course is an entry level qualification on the UK Athletics Track & Field Officials pathway.

Who should go on this course?

Anyone who is interested in officiating the rce walk events. You should be 14 years old or above to attend and at least 16 years old to be licensed.

What will I learn?

  • Understand the difference between walking and running
  • Know the rules of race walking
  • Know what the judges’ paddles mean
  • Begin to gain confidence in picking out infringements
  • Understand the procedures for issuing cautions and red cards and recording these
  • Understand the purpose and importance of the posting board and when/how the chief judge will disqualify a competitor
  • Understand what makes a good Race Walking Judge

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. Candidates must have completed the Health & Safety course for Officials as well.

What do I do after the course?

  • It is essential you complete a DBS. For guidance on this please click here.
  • Ensure there is a passport quality photograph added to your myAthletics profile (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 officialsaccreditation@englandathletics.org
  • For more information on progressing through the Officials Pathway please click here.

Health & Safety Online

This FREE online course should be completed for anyone training to become a Race Walking 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.

Click here for more details on the Health & Safety module