Officials are the unsung heroes of our sport – any sport, really. To become an Official, the first step is to register and take courses. (See the blue bar above!) Regularly, our Athletics Alberta Officials Committee reviews who has registered in our province and which course(s) they have taken. Once you have registered and/or taken the introductory course(s), they will be in touch with you directly and go from there.
Officials need to take Safe Sport training. It is FREE and is available here: Safe Sport Training. It is available in the Locker so if you don’t already have an account there, you will need to make one.
As sports in general become aware of Safe Sport principles, it’s important to reiterate over and over how important it is to understand what it means to have a safe sport.
The Coaching Association of Canada has a comprehensive list of those required to take Safe Sport training. From its website FAQ section is the list and we note it below.
As of April 1, 2020, anyone in any of the following roles within a Sport Canada-funded organization must be trained on conduct to prevent and address maltreatment:
- Senior staff
- High-performance directors
- Case managers
- Operational Board members
Those with direct athlete contact
- National team athletes
- Parents of junior athletes
- High-performance staff
- National training centre staff
- Nationally appointed coach Developers
- Integrated support team personnel (mental, strength and conditioning, nutrition, physio, massage, etc.)
Those with no direct athlete contact
- Organizing committee members
- Administration/finance staff
- Governance committee members
- Judicial board members
- Governance board members (no operational involvement)
- Event volunteers
- NSO office staff
The training is the first part in Safe Sport. Putting the training into practice is what’s paramount to our Athletes and our sport.
If you have any questions about the upgrading process, please contact officialschair@
For officials upgrading to level 1 you need 6 credits, with one credit in each event group (Horizontal jumps, Throws, Track, Vertical jumps)
For officials upgrading to level 2, you need 12 credits with 2 credits in each event group AND a mentor report And a in person clinic or the online clinic. You can submit for levels 1 and 2 if you have at least 18 credits and have completed one year of service.
For level 3 and above, you need to submit your card and all relevant evaluation reports and exams.
- Pathway for Upgrading Chart (Downloadable)
- Officials Grading Chart (April 2023)
- Officials Grading Chart (October 2022)
- Officials Grading Chart (Spring 2022)
- Upgrading Criteria and Forms Levels 1-2
- Officials Upgrading Criteria
Athletics Alberta Officials’ Newsletter
- Fall 2022 Bulletin
- June 2022 Bulletin
- October 2021 Bulletin
- Spring 2021 Bulletin
- May 2019 Bulletin
- January 2019 Bulletin
World Athletics Rules
National Officials’ Committee