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 aged 16+ who is interested in officiating the race walk events.

Under 16? Click here to find out more about the Assistant Track and Field Officials’ course

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