Officials Levels


The ‘Introductory Officiating General Principles’ on-line course has been developed to assist officials in learning the basic skills they will need to officiate effectively.

This is not compulsory for Athletics officials but is strongly recommended.


Level 1 is the entry level (first athletics specifics level) of the new Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme.

What is It?

Candidates must complete online learning and pass a multiple-choice quiz. The learning and quiz will focus on ensuring the candidate has a basic understanding of the rules of the discipline they are attempting.


Level 2 is the next stage of the AAOES. It is targeted at Officials wishing to be appointed as a Chief or Referee at State level and a Chief at National level.

 What is it?

In Level 2, candidates will be required to complete practical requirements, attend seminars, complete online learning components and complete an exam. Rather than just testing the rules, candidates will be required to apply the rules and interpret certain situations.


Level 3 is the highest accreditation offered in Australia. This will include seminars, practical components and a written exam.

LEVEL 4 & 5

Level 4 & 5 are qualification delivered at the International Level. In most cases, achieving these levels will mean continued demonstration of high level of officiating within Australia, and being invited to attend.