Become a Commissaire

Become a Commissaire

Volunteering as a commissaire is a valuable and rewarding way to give back to cycling. Without commissaires, racing simply doesn't happen.

At a race, commissaires are responsible for safety and sporting fairness by upholding the rules of cycling. They are like the referees or umpires for the sport of cycling.

As a side benefit, often, being a commissaire also means you get the best view of the race!

How to become a commissaire

In Australia, there are three levels of commissaire accreditation. You'll start from Level 1, where you'll learn to officiate smaller, local events. If you wish, you can increase your knowledge and skills and get accredited to officiate at state and national events.

To become an accredited commissaire, you'll need to complete a training course to give you the skills and knowledge to officiate. The course has theoretical and practical components. 

To register for a commissaire course, register at the link here.

Levels of Accreditation

AusCycling Regional Commissaire Course

The AusCycling Regional Commissaire course is aimed at officials who assist at   sanctioned AusCycling club and state level calendar events. This course deals more with the technical aspects of each discipline. After completing this level you will be qualified to officiate at State events.

A Regional Commissaire will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines: 

  • BMX
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road
  • Track

This course has both theory and practical components associated with it.  The course is undertaken as a discipline specific course.

The Level 2 course is for Level 1 commissaires who want to be trained to officiate at state level events, such as state championships. This course focuses more on the technical aspect of each discipline.

It is a correspondence course to be completed at your own pace. Cycling NSW will post out your pack which consists of a manual to read and a workbook to complete. Once the workbook has been submitted to Cycling NSW and a passing mark achieved, the marker will liaise with you to arrange a date for a practical assessment to be supervised by a Level 3 Commissaire.

Coursework is $20 payable in advance before the pack is posted out.

A Level 2 commissaire must officiate at a minimum of six events per year to maintain their accreditation. A minimum of three events must be on the state calendar.

The Regional Road Commissaire Course requires a multi-step accreditation to pursue the National Course. CA Level 1 Commissaires must undertake these additional practical requirements to be fully qualified to undertake the National Road Commissaire Course

AusCycling National Commissaire Course

The AusCycling National Commissaire Course an advanced course is for officials who want to officiate at National events and championships. The course is conducted in conjunction with National Championships and provides training and information on the finer points of officiating at the elite level.

A National Commissaire will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines: 

  • BMX
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road
  • Track

This course has both theory and practical components associated with it.  The course is undertaken as a discipline specific course. 

A minimum level of 2 years of experience as a Regional Commissaire including demonstrated experience acting as a Principal of the Commissaire Panel at State Level events and experience at National Level Events is required to apply to undertake this course.

UCI Elite National Commissaire Course

The UCI Elite National Commissaire course is a specialist advanced course by the UCI for Commissaires seeking to undertake the UCI course or gain appointment to domestic UCI events.

Individuals undertaking this course must have a minimum of 2 years experience as a National Commissaire.  Those undertaking this course should have undertaken roles at National and International events.

A UCI Elite National Commissaire will be able to become accredited in one or more of the following disciplines: 

  • BMX 
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road
  • Track

Qualified Commissaires will be notified when courses are scheduled.

UCI International Commissaire Course

The UCI International Commissaire Course is the pinnacle international course for officials for those who want to officiate at UCI events internationally.

Participants must be between 25-50 years of age and must be endorsed by AusCycling to undertake the course.

The International Commissaire Course is offered in the following disciplines:

  • BMX
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Mountain Bike
  • Road (inc Para-Cycling)
  • Track (inc Para-Cycling)
  • BMX Freestyle Judging

To undertake this course you must be an UCI Elite National Commissaire in the discipline of the course and have significant experience in National and International events as a Commissaire.

This course is a four day course conducted by the UCI in Switzerland.  Eligible Commissaires will be able to nominate themselves for consideration when the UCI opens nominations.