Levels of officiating

If you decide after helping at some meetings that you would like to become a licensed official, it will be necessary for you attend a UKA course and obtain some experience. Here you have two choices:

  • Level 1 - Assistant Official: this is a general course, covering the basic elements of both track and field judging. It will help you to gain a basic understanding of athletics officiating and to decide whether Field Judging is your preferred discipline. Once you reach Level 1, you will be registered with UKA and your details held on the UKA officials’ database, but you are not licensed - you will only be insured by UKA when working under the supervision of a licensed official. So, you may choose (there is no requirement to obtain Level 1 first) to go straight to:
  • Level 2 – Discipline-Specific Official: this requires you to choose the discipline in which you wish to specialise and is the first level at which a UKA Licence is granted. To reach Level 2, you will be required to complete an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check: you may be familiar with this process from performing another role with your club or from other volunteer activities.  As well as attending a L2 course, you are required to provide evidence of having judged (for Level 2a - Club) at a minimum of four meetings, following which you will receive your Licence from UKA and be covered by UKA insurance.  Further experience and reports lead you to Level 2b (County) and 2c (Region - e.g. South).  Click here to see where L2 courses are being held.
  • Level 3: This is the highest UK Level of Technical Official, which covers national and international meetings. Level 2 officials can take a generic Level 3 module and discipline specific modules. These include Starter/Marksman, Track, Field, Timekeeping, EDM L3, Photofinish L3.  Attending courses, providing evidence of suitable experience, gaining reports from senior officials help an official attain Level 3.  Officials who make themselves available for appropriate competitions, and receive sufficient positive assessments, become eligible for invitation to join the relevant International Officials Group (IOG) who provide the core of officiating teams for televised meetings.
  • Level 4:  Essentially associated with Meeting Management, rather than technical officiating, while the latter will include only the handful of UK officials who have IAAF ITO or ATO status.  Officials who attend appropriate Level 4 course modules and receive positive assessments in relevant areas are eligible for progression to Level 4.  Level 4 officials who are on the IOG and who make themselves available, as required, become eligible for invitation to join the International Chief Officials Group (ICOG). 
  • Level 5: Officials in Level 4 with sufficient experience and proven ability and knowledge will be invited to attend Level 5 courses.  Officials who have attended the relevant Level 5 courses and are successful in an advanced examination, based on the IAAF format, are eligible for progression to Level 5.

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