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!
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. Level 1 and Level 2 courses are completed by correspondence at your own pace.
To register for a commissaire course, contact Emily Wilson at (02) 9738 5850 or email: email@example.com.
The Level 1 (Club) Commissaire Course 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 2 Commissaire.
Coursework costs $60 payable in advance before the pack is posted out. Clubs are responsible for course fees for their members undertaking the program. Cycling NSW encourages you to approach your club for a reimbursement.
Each Level 1 Commissiare is required to officiate at a minimum of five events per year to maintain their accreditation. An "eligible event" is any event that does not appear on the state or national cycling events calendar.
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 Level 3 course is an advanced course for officials who want to officiate at national events, such as national championships. The course is conducted in conjunction with National Championships and provides training on the finer points of officiating at the elite level. To sit the course you must have had at least two years experience as an active Level 2 commissaire and be nominated by your State Association.
If you wish to obtain a Level 3 accreditation, please contact Cycling NSW for the next opportunity.