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Technical Officials are invaluable to our sport and our competitions. They are the Referees that adjudicate lifts; the Speakers who drive competitions along and the Marshals who manage the teams and lifters.

As a qualified Technical Official you will become part of a national team that have the opportunity to work throughout the country, officiating at national and regional competitions. We work in partnership with Focus Awards (regulated awarding body) to accredit our qualifications.

Technical Officials 

We have 4 Technical Official Courses:

  • Level 2 course for British Weight Lifting Technical Officials
  • Level 3 course for British Weight Lifting Technical Officials
  • Level 4 award for British Weight Lifting Technical Officials
  • Level 4 advanced award for British Weight Lifting Technical Officials

Technical Officials (Olympic Weightlifting) 

  • Certification: Level 2 Technical Official (Olympic Weightlifting)
  • Length of course: 3-4 hours E-learning
  • Cost: £60 (save £10 if you become a member and receive a discount code)

This course is the first on the Technical Officials Pathway. It will teach and then test your knowledge and skills as a Weight Lifting Technical Official.  Following the successful completion of this course you will be able to start officiating at competitions across the UK.

The Course

The course is designed to teach you all the rules and regulations for the sport of Weight Lifting. The BWL Level 2 Course for Technical Officials has been written by British Weight Lifting, the National Governing Body for the sport within the UK. 

The course has been designed to both teach and test your skills and knowledge as a Weight Lifting Referee, and will be completed solely on a distance learning taught basis with online support offered throughout the learning process.

It consists of 8 different sections which will cover all aspects of the competition, ensuring that our referees are some of the most skilled and knowledgeable in the world. 

This course has been designed to be completed in a single session. Please ensure that you set aside a maximum of 3-4 hours to complete this course, as there are timed elements. Once you have logged in and started the course, please do not log out and leave the course as these timed elements could expire.

This award has been designed and written in conjunction with the IWF and BWL Technical Competition Rules & Regulations.

Modules include:

  • The competition - The Technical Officials' Roles and Responsibilities; The Weigh In; Competition Structure; Bodyweight Categories; National Age Group Guide; National Qualification Totals; Technical Officials at Competitions
  • The Snatch - Technical aspects to the lift; What makes a "Good Lift"; What makes a "No Lift"
  • The Clean & Jerk - Technical aspects to the lift; What makes a "Good Lift"; What makes a "No Lift"
  • General rules – during the lift; Lifting attire and equipment; Deciding a competition winner

This exam constitutes the final 50% of your overall course mark. This is completed by a mix of multiple choice questions and number of lifts for you to adjudicate via the online platform.

Course Prerequisites 

  • Entry level course
  • Be at least 16 years of age on the day of purchase
  • Have some experience of the sport and competition

What Will I Be Qualified To Do?

Upon successful completion of this award you will be qualified to officiate at a host of events across the UK. Holding a Level 2 qualification you will be able to officiate at Tier 1, 2 and 3 events, all roles will be selected dependant on experience. 

In order to allow you to start gaining event officiating experience as soon as possible, all qualified Technical Officials will be contacted by competition staff regarding officiating duties.

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Technical Officials (Olympic Weightlifting) 

  • Certification: Level 3 Technical Official (Olympic Weightlifting)
  • Length of course: 1 hour E-learning / Invigilation at a competition
  • Cost: £15

The Course 

The course is designed to test your knowledge as BWL Technical Official (Olympic Weightlifting), allowing you to progress up the pathway as a higher qualified Technical Official. 

The course will cover a mixture of questions designed to test your knowledge and experience as a Technical Official in Olympic Weightlifting. The course will also ask you to submit a signed code of conduct.

Following this section of the course, you will need to complete 2 invigilated groups at a competition to complete the course.  

Prerequisites

  • Hold a level 2 Technical Officials certificate
  • Completed 4 x tier 3 competitions and 2 x tier 2 competitions

What Will I Be Qualified To Do?

Upon successful completion of this award you will be qualified to officiate at a host of events across the UK. Holding a Level 3 award you will be able to officiate at Tier 1, 2 and 3 events, all roles will be selected dependant on experience. Please note in order to complete this section of the course, you will need to hold a valid BWL Technical Officials licence. 

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Level 4 Technical Officials Award and Level 4 Advanced Technical Official Pathway 

More information about the Level 4 and Level 4 advanced Technical Official pathway can be found in our Resource Centre 

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