The first step on your officiating pathway is becoming a trainee commissaire. This role allows you to grow your knowledge and understanding through online learning, classroom tutoring and practical first-hand supervised experience at events in your chosen discipline.
After you qualify as a regional commissaire, you will be able to operate as a member of the commissaire team at events without supervision. With sufficient experience you will be able to act as chief commissaire at regional events.
The next level up is 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, which is run by the UCI. You will need to have a minimum of two years’ experience as a national commissaire in order to apply for the training.
UCI commissaire is the highest level on the commissaire pathway. Commissaires are put forward for the course by their national federation e.g. British Cycling.
Trainee commissaire training
To enrol onto a trainee commissaire course, you must:
- hold a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Ride British Cycling membership
- have a good understanding of the rules regulating your chosen discipline.
- be IT literate to complete and submit administration and forms via the online commissaire dashboard
- have good communication skills to enable prompt exchanges, provide clear instructions and honest feedback
- have gained some experience of observing commissaires, or other event officiating or organisation experience.
Once you have booked onto a course you will be sent a link to the online learning module which you will need to complete prior to the course.
The online module needs to be completed before attending the trainee course and covers:
- qualities needed to be a commissaire
- safeguarding and child protection
- conflict resolution.
The online module is generic and covers all disciplines. It only needs to be completed once, and does not need to be completed again by commissaires who are training in additional disciplines.
The course itself is held over a full day and follows the journey of a commissaire through their role before, during, and after an event. The course is delivered in five modules; these 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 commissaire’s 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 qualified as a trainee commissaire. You will receive a logbook to record your practical experience. You can then attend events and complete a variety of roles gaining experience; the chief commissaire will provide you with feedback and complete your logbook at the end of the each event.
The onus is then on the trainee to find events and gain experience, but if you need any help finding suitable events your regional events officer can help. As your experience and confidence in the role develops, and once your logbook is satisfactorily completed, you can apply to be upgraded by submitting your logbook to the officials’ education team.
Interested in becoming a commissaire?
In the first instance please contact your regional events officer.
You can also contact us at:
Officials Education, British Cycling, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ
0161 274 2026