Assistant commissaire courses
This is the first step on the officiating pathway and will allow you to expand your knowledge in a classroom setting and discover officiating first hand through practical experience at events.
Prerequisites to the course include holding a British Cycling Membership (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Ride) and having a good understanding of the rules regulating your chosen discipline.
Once you have booked on a course you be sent a link to the online learning module which you will need to complete prior to the course.
This module is a pre-requisite of the course and covers the qualities needed to be a commissaire, safeguarding and child protection, anti-doping and conflict management. The online module is generic across all disciplines so only needs to be completed once for commissaires wanting to work across disciplines.
The course itself is held over a full day and follows the journey of a commissaire pre, during and post event.
The five modules are:
Pre event: this module covers anything a commissaire needs to know prior to the event day. This will include event information, equipment and communication with event organiser and chief commissaire.
Pre start: this covers everything from arriving at the venue until the start of the race. Dependent on the discipline topics include call up and gridding, equipment pit set up, risk management and event communication.
Race start to race finish: this module covers the start of the race until the finish of the race. Topics include starting the race, monitoring during the race and judging.
Race finish to departure: covers all aspects of a commissaires role post event, prior to departure from the event. Topics include: commissaire and event organiser debrief and levy forms.
Post event: the final module of the course includes anything a commissaire needs to complete post event including writing commissaire report forms.
Once you have completed both the online learning module and classroom course you will be classed as an assistant commissaire. On the course you should receive a logbook to record your practical experience. You can then attend events and work in a variety of roles getting your logbook signed off by the chief commissaire at the end of the each event. It will depend on your prior experience and confidence in the role but once you have your logbook signed off and you feel ready to be upgraded you submit your logbook to the officials education team.
A rough outline of the minimum events assistant commissaires need to complete is:
BMX - four events
Cyclo-cross - four events
MTB (DH/4X & XC) - three events
Road - six events
Track - six events
If you need any help finding suitable events the regional events officers are happy to help.
Interested in becoming a commissaire?
After you become a regional commissaire in your chosen discipline the next level up will be national commissaire. As a rough guide you will have a minimum of two seasons experience as a regional commissaire before you can apply for the national commissaire course. The national commissaire courses are made up of theory based learning and practical event experience.
National commissaires who are wanting to progress can move up to elite national commissaire status by passing the elite national commissaire course run by the UCI. You will need to have a minimum of two years as a national commissaire in order to apply for the training and selection will be made on merit. UCI commissaire is the highest level on the commissaire pathway and you will be put forward by British Cycling as the national federation.
Benefits of being a commissaire:
- Free British Cycling Bronze Membership for Regional Commissaires and above which entitles the commissaire to all member discounts
- Free clothing for regional commissaires and above
- Commissaire Matters Newsletter
- Free admission to inter-regional commissaire conferences
- Support from the Officials Education Team and regional events officers