Technical Official Training Courses

The organisation and delivery of triathlon events are the backbone of our sport’s success, and the quality of these events is vital to the continuing growth and development of the fast growing, dynamic and modern sport.  Technical Officials (TOs) support our event organisers so that events in Scotland, and across Great Britain, are safe and fair, and Technical Officials do this by ensuring that competitors uphold the rules of the sport.

Technical Official Training Courses are ran regularly according to demand. If you are interested in becoming a TO please read through the below information about upcoming courses. We are also always recruiting for Motorcycle Officials, who are able to start their officiating journey at any point. For more information about motorcycle officials please click here.


Local Technical Official (LTO) Training Course

This qualification is aimed at individuals who are interested in becoming a volunteer Technical Official and has been designed to provide attendees with the knowledge required to begin officiating, as well as covering the soft skills needed to develop as an Official.

The training is made up of:

  • A full day course
  • An associated knowledge tester
  • The completion of four shadows of qualified Officials

Date: Saturday 19th January 2019

Time: 9.30am-5.00pm

Venue: University of Stirling

Price: £25



Regional Technical Official (RTO) Training Course

The RTO course is the next step on the officiating pathway and builds upon the skills and knowledge gained during the course of training and operating as an LTO, and further develops these whilst adding to them. To attend the course candidates must have fully completed the LTO qualification and have been the Chief Official at a minimum of two events, or assisted at a minimum of four events, since qualifying as an LTO.

The training consists of:

  • A half day course
  • An associated knowledge tester
  • The completion of two shadows of qualified Officials at two open water events

Date: Saturday 20th October 2018

Time: 9.30am-5.00pm

Venue: Airthrey Castle, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Price: £20

Sign Up: by invite only.


National Technical Official (NTO) Training Course

NTO courses are run by British Triathlon and are designed to enable Officials to progress from being part of the officiating team at a British Triathlon or Home Nations Major Event to become the Chief Official for one of these events. The course also covers the information required to be eligible to begin officiating as part of the technical team at ITU and ETU events.

The training for this level consists of:

  • Attending a full day course
  • An associated knowledge tester
  • Being part of the officiating team at a British Triathlon or Home Nations Major Event
  • OPTIONAL: being part of the officiating team at an ITU or ETU event

In order to be considered for NTO, officials should have the following pre-requisites:

  • Minimum 2 years as an RTO
  • attendance at an event held under ITU rules
  • minimum of 6 events as Chief TO
  • part of the officiating team at a minimum of 4 HN/BT Major Events

The next NTO course is expected to run in 2019. Officials wishing to apply to the course should submit their officiating CV and statement of interest to


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