Pathways to Becoming an Official

General Info

Overview

All athletics officials in Canada follow a certification program for development from beginner to expert. The program comprises five certification levels representing different levels of skills, experience and responsibility—the first two focusing on becoming an official familiar with all areas of officiating. The later three focus on specialization in specific areas. An illustration of the certification program can be found here 

 

Becoming an Official

BC Athletics members are invited to join the B.C. Officials Class of 2022 program. Registration is now open. The program includes the first two levels of the officials’ certification program. The pathways to these levels are listed and described in detail below.

  • Pathway to Level 1—for those who have not had exposure to the world of athletics and looking for a quick and easy way to try officiating. Those with prior experience in athletics (e.g., coach, athlete, parent) may proceed directly to the Pathway to Level 2. Information and Registration
  • Pathway to Level 2—provides the base line officiating knowledge and skills in the major events so you can participate in officiating teams and make some officiating decisions under supervision of an experienced official. Information and Registration

Timeline

Enclosed is a timeline for completing the pathway to levels 1 and 2. Timeframes will vary depending on the availability and access to meets for completing the experience component.

Advance as an Official

Officials who have achieved a minimum of Level 2 certification may specialize in specific areas, called disciplines, and progress to levels 3 and higher in the certification program. An illustration of the certification program can be found here 

Information on the various disciplines available for officials to pursue (e.g., starter, vertical jumps judge) and the advancement requirements can be found in the National Officials Committee Upgrading Criteria document available on the Upgrading and Certification tab.

Upgrading and Certification

Officials interested in upgrading to Levels 3 to 5 should complete the Upgrading Tracking Form on the Upgrading and Certification tab of this website. Questions should be forwarded to the B.C. Provincial Upgrading Coordinator listed under the Officials Committee tab.Upgrading Tracking Form

Pathway to Level 1 - Local Official

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pathway to Level 2 - Regional Official

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Pathway to Level 3 - Provincial Official

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Pathway to Level 4 - National Official

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Pathway to Level 5 - International Official

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Professional Development

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