Become a Member

All Coaches and Technical Officials working under the British Weight Lifting banner are required to maintain a valid licence. This includes anyone who coaches at a British Weight Lifting affiliated club or officiates at a BWL licensed competition or event.

The BWL Coach and Technical Official Licences, allows us to regulate the standards of coaching and officiating. It also means we are able to maintain the high level of coaching and officiating within our sport. Coaches and Technical Officials can also benefit from liability insurance.

Start your application today

Licences cost just £40 and are valid for 24 months. You can apply for your licence online using the BARS system – it takes just a few minutes.

Please be aware that you will need to be a British Weight Lifting member before you can apply for a licence. Click here to buy your membership.

If you already have a British Weight Lifting membership simply follow the instructions below.

Before you apply for your licence online...

Before starting your application please ensure you have the following:

  • A valid British Weight Lifting membership
  • A DBS processed through BWL (issued within the past 2 years)
  • Proof of your BWL-recognised coaching or officiating qualifications
  • A current passport photo

Follow these five simple steps to apply for your licence

  1. Log in to your BARS account by clicking here
  2. Once logged in, make sure that your BWL membership is valid by clicking on the ‘Memberships’ tab.

If you don’t have a valid membership, make sure you purchase this through BARS before going any further. Simply click the ‘Add Membership’ button while in the membership tab and follow the instructions.

  1. Now select on the ‘Licences’ tab from your profile and click the ‘Add Licence’ button on the right side of the page
  2. Complete the form, remembering to fill out all the fields marked with a red asterisk

Within this form you will need to upload evidence of your coaching/officiating certificate and a recent passport-style image as a minimum.

  1. Finally, tick the box to agree to the Code of Conduct and then click the ‘Add’ button

Your licence will have been added to your profile and appear in a ‘Pending Approval’ status. Our team will review your application and you will be notified by email once it has been approved.

Receiving your Licence

Once your licence has been approved you will receive a notification email that includes the details of your licence, as well as a link to download an e-licence to the Wallet App on your Apple or Android smartphone. 

If you have any questions, then get in touch. Click here to contact a member of our team to talk about your licence.

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