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

This 3 hour, practical course will introduce candidates to the key roles and responsibilities of a Timekeeper, including appropriate equipment to use, and how to correctly record and report race times.

Who should go on this course?

Anyone aged 16+ who is interested in timing the track events, including sprints, relays and distance events.

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

What will I learn?

  • Bring appropriate equipment and clothing to a meeting
  • Take appropriate times accurately and understand some of the reasons for inaccuracy
  • Understand how to report times to chief timekeeper
  • Understand what additional duties may be required
  • Understand how a timekeeper works as part of a team

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 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.

For more details on the Health & Safety module please click here