The Australian Athletics Officials’ Education Scheme (AAOES) is a joint initiative of Athletics Australia and Little Athletics and provides a seamless and transparent education pathway for athletics Officials.

The scheme has the Australian Sport Commission endorsement and follows best industry practice, with online learning coupled with face-to-face delivery. The aim of the Scheme is to ensure an effective and efficient education framework is provided that will guarantee Australian Officials remain world leaders in event delivery at all levels of athletic competition.

The following information outlines the process for Officials to engage with Officials’ education in Australia.

What is the AAOES?

The emphasis of the AAOES is on knowledge and competency. The Scheme is aimed at being widely accessible and encourages a greater number of people to be provided with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge to conduct athletics competitions at all levels.

The athletics specific levels of this scheme delivered within Australia are:

Club/Centre/School Official – AAOES Level 1

State Level Official – AAOES Level 2

National Level Official – AAOES Level 3


This Scheme is complemented by two grading’s delivered at Oceania and international level (IAAF), for Officials to advance their education past that of Australian gradings. These levels are generally completed by invitation.

The scheme consists of the following levels:

Level O

Introduction to Officiating (an Australian Sports Commission course)

Click here for Level 0 Introduction to Officiating

              Level 1

Club/Centre/School Official

Basic Grading – aimed at officials wishing to officiate at a local/ club/centre/school level

 Click here for Level 1 Information

              Level 2

State Official

Aimed at officials wishing to be appointed as a Chief or Referee at State level and a Chief at National level

Click here to Level 2 Information

              Level 3

National Official

Aimed at Officials wishing to be appointed as a Chief or Referee or Competition Management at a National level

Click here for Level 3 Information

              Level 4

IAAF Technical Officials Education Certification Scheme TOECS Level 2(Diploma) conducted by the Oceania Regional Development Centre

Eligible to be appointed as an Area Technical Official (ATO) – Oceania)

Click here for Level 4 Information

      Level 5

IAAF Technical Officials Education Certification Scheme TOECS Level 3(Diploma) conducted by the IAAF

Eligible to be appointed as an International Technical Official (ITO)

Click here for Level 5 Information



Easily, click on the links in the e-learning box at the top of this page. Complete the Level 0 requirements and then move onto the Level 1. Once you have started completing the level 1 requirements, we encourage you to contact your local association and they direct you to the best method to start your officiating.


E-Learning Quick Links

Australian Sports Commission- Introduction to Officiating Course (Level 0)

Australian Athletics Officials E-Learning (Levels 1 & 2)


More Information

Both new and existing officials should read the detailed explanation of the Education Pathway.

Overview of the new scheme

Overview for existing Officials