Technical Officials are essential for delivering Capital Athletics' competitions. Technical Officials ensure athletics events are conducted fairly, safely and for the enjoyment of all involved. Athletes seeking to progress to national events must achieve qualifying performances at events conducted by Technical Officials. Capital Athletics seeks to provide high quality competitions to enable athletes to achieve their goals and relies on volunteer Technical Officials to conduct these competitions.

Officiating at Capital Athletics' competitions is flexible. Officials can attend as many or as few events based on their circumstances. Even if you are only able to come to one or two events per year or help out once a month, there is an opportunity for you to be a part of the Capital Athletics community.


  • The opportunity to remain involved in athletics if a person is unable to compete

  • An opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals

  • The ability to be involved in, and give back to, a community focused organisation

  • Assist athletes to perform at their best and achieve their goals and dreams

  • The opportunity to officiate at National Athletics Events and Championships

  • The ability to progress to International competition such as the Olympic Games for those with greater ambitions


Capital Athletics now have a defined pathway for those wanting to become a qualified Technical Official in the ACT.

Please note that these levels are only relevent at Capital Athletics Competitions.

There are certain eligibility requirements needed. People must be 16 years of age and over, hold a current Working With Vulerable People (WWVP) card and, once you have completed your learning, register as a qualified Technical Official here.

See Capital Athletics Level B & A Technical Official pathway below.

*Equivalent Technical Officials are those who have completed AAOES level 1* You will not have to complete this level.

By completing this course you will be eligible to officiate at club/centre level, school events, and at Capital Athletics' state events. 

Please follow the steps below to complete this level:

  1. Complete the Capital Athletics Age Manager Course; OR
  2. Complete the Event Group Modules from the World Athletics Apprentice Series; 
  3. Complete TWO practical sessions performing the role of an official under the supervision of a Capital Athletics level A (or equivalent) Technical Official, be signed off; AND
  4. Complete a multiple choice exam based on the general principles of officiating. 

Capital Athletics Age Manager Course

This short course will guide current and future Age Group Managers through basic officiating, coaching and safety for each Little Athletics event, in order to give parents the confidence to take on Age Group Managers roles at their Centre.

To access and complete this course click here

World Athletics Apprentice Series

The Apprentice series is a great resource to use for those people wanting to learn about event groups and officiating requirements.

Under the Capital Athletics requirements, people must complete one (at the least) of the following modules:

  1. Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin and Hammer); OR
  2. Jumps (Long/Triple, High Jump and Pole Vault); OR
  3. Track (The Start, The Race, The Finish, Hurdles/Steeplechase and Relays)

To access these modules click here. You will need to first create an account. 


To complete practical sessions for the Level B course, please follow the steps below:

  • Print out your respective competency card here
  • Attend a Capital Athletics Event
  • Approach a Chief/Umpire/Referee PRIOR to the event and ask them to supervise you. They will then need to sign you off at the conclusion of the event. 

Multiple Choice Exam

Following the completion of the Level B Technical Official learning and practical sessions, you will be required to complete a 20 question general Multiple Choice Exam. You will need to achieve XXX to pass this exam. 

If you completed the Age Manager Course click here to access the exam.

If you completedthe World Athletics Apprentice Cource click here to access the exam.

Once you have completed this course, please register yourself as a qualified technical official here.

If you have any questions, please email

*Equivalent Technical Officials are those who have completed AAOES Level 2 (or above)* You will not have to complete this level

By completing this course (must have completed the Level B TO course first) you will be eligible to Chief/Referee at Capital Athletics' state events. 

A Capital Athletics Level A Technical Official will need to choose a specialty (Track, Jumps, Throws) and complete the following World Athletics Level 1 modules below that align with that specialty:

  • Throws - Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer & Combined Event 
  • Jumps - Long/Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault & Combined Event 
  • Track - The Start, The Race, The Finish, Hurdles/Steeplechase, Relays & Combined Event 

Following the completion of your specialty, please complete the corresponding multiple choice exam below:


Once you have passed your multiple choice exam, you are then required to complete 15 sessions under the supervision of a level A (or equivalent) Technical Official.


If you have any questions, please email

Uniform is available for those who complete the centre/club level Technical Official course.

The following items are FREE:

  • Long sleeve OTG officials polo
  • Name badge

Please email Kiarna at to arrange for both a shirt and name badge.

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