Technical Officials

Technical Officials are the referees of the sport, providing valuable support at triathlon events. There are three Technical Official courses in the UK, two of which are delivered by Triathlon Scotland – Local and Regional Technical Official- and one which is delivered by British Triathlon – National Technical Official. We also provide a pathway for developing Motorcycle Technical Officials. You can read all about Motorcycle Officials here.

If you are new to officiating and are interested in finding out how to get started on the development pathway, check out our handy guide in the useful links below as well as information on expenses for your services.  You can also sign up to our annual training course.  To see what Technical Officials typically get up to at an event, you can watch our short video below.


Technical Official Training

We are now accepting registrations for our next Local Technical Official (LTO) training course. Officiating is a great way to get involved in the sport, and can be hugely rewarding. As an official you will play a vital role in the success of events and the development of the sport, as well as helping competitors enjoy events by promoting safe and fair racing.

Our technical officials have gone on to officiate at some of the sport’s biggest events, including the Olympics and Commonwealth Games!

Here is what one of last year’s candidates had to say about their experience of the training:

“The course really deepened my understanding and love of the sport. Great to see it from a different view point and really appreciate the depth and scale of organisation that goes into each event. The future pathway is very exciting to see and gives everyone a goal to aspire to.”

The training is made up of a full day course, an associated knowledge tester and the completion of four events shadowing qualified technical officials. Further information about the pathway can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.

Local Technical Official Course 2017

Date: Saturday 14th October
Time: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: Gannochy Sports Centre, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
Cost: £20
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The course is delivered by qualified National Technical Officials and focuses on the fundamentals of officiating, including the role of the technical official, communication, decision making and conflict management.

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