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In Weightlifting there are five levels of Technical Officials (TOs):

4 The first level of officiating is the BCWA Provincial Level 4 Technical Official. BCWA Level 4 TOs may officiate at all BCWA hosted competitions, excluding National events.

3The second level of officiating is the Canadian Weightlifting Federation Haltérophile Canadienne (CWFHC) National Level 3 Technical Official. In addition to the above competitions, CWFHC Level 3 TOs may officiate at all levels of national competitions.

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The third level of officiating is the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Category 2 Technical Official. In addition to the above competitions, an IWF Category 2 TO may officiate at all levels of international Events, excluding Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, World Championships and Universiades.

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The fourth and most prestigious level of officiating is the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Category 1 Technical Official. In addition to the above competitions, an IWF Category 1 TO may officiate at all levels of international Events, including Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, World Championships and Universiades.

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The newly established International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Certificate of Duty makes up the fifth category of officiating. The IWF Certificate of Duty TO is eligible to assist in all levels of international Events, including Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, World Championships and Universiades; except in positions where an IWF Category 1 or 2 TO is required according to IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations. (This is an exceptional category and distributed at the discretion of the IWF.)

BCWA Provincial Level 4 TO
To become a BCWA Level 4 TO, one must:

  • Be a current BCWA member
  • Attend an Officiating Clinic conducted by an CWFHC Level 3 (or higher) TO
  • Pass the 50-question theory exam - conducted by a CWFHC Level 3 (or higher) TO.
    • Passing grade is 85%.
  • Referee a session while being adjudicated by a CWFHC Level 3 (or higher) TO.
    • The session must have at least 8 athletes, and must consist of the weigh-in
  • Participate at a weigh-in as a referee for one session
  • Act as marshal for one session
  • Act as Technical Controller for one session
BCWA Level 4 TO adjudication may be arranged with the BCWA VP Technical or assigned designate at either a club, or provincial competition.

Upon successful completion of the above the BCWA VP Technical or assigned designate ensures the BCWA TO database is updated with relevant TO information: name, contact information, level, date received.

CWFHC National Level 3 TO
To become a CWFHC Level 3 TO, one must:

  • Be a current BCWA member
  • Be an active BCWA Level 4 TO for at least one year
  • Pass the IWF Technical Official Examination – conducted by a CWFHC Level 3 (or higher) TO.
    • Passing grade is 85%
  • Referee at least 100 lifts while being adjudicated as a referee at a BCWA sanctioned Provincial or National level competition by a Jury consisting of IWF Category 1 and/or 2 TOs.
    • The 100 lifts must be done within one competition and must consist of the weigh-in
  • Referee at least six BCWA sanctioned provincial competitions
  • Act as Technical Controller for a minimum of 3 of the 6 BCWA sanctioned provincial competitions
  • Act as a Speaker or Speakers Assistant at a minimum of 3 of 6 BCWA sanctioned provincial competitions
CWFHC Level 3 TO adjudication may be arranged with the BCWA VP Technical or assigned designate at either a provincial or national competition.

Upon successful completion of the above the BCWA VP Technical or assigned designate ensures the BCWA TO database is updated with relevant TO information: name, contact information, level, date received and submitted to the CWFHC VP Technical.

IWF International Category 2 TO
To become an IWF Category 2 TO, one must:

  • Be a current BCWA member
  • Must be a provincially active TO for at least five years; as required by the IWF
  • Submit an application to the CWFHC VP Technical via the BCWA VP Technical to take the IWF Category 2 TO examination at a National level competition
  • Pass the IWF Category 2 Technical Official exam, both practical and theory, as required and noted in the 2013-2016 IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations

Upon successful completion of the above the applicant provides the required payment for both the IWF Category 2 TO license and new IWF card to the BCWA VP Technical. The relevant fees are noted every quadrennial in the IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations handbook. The BCWA will forward the payment to the IWF via the CWFHC VP Technical or authorized designate and send the IWF TO card to the applicant.

IWF International Category 1 TO
To become an IWF Category I Referee, one must:

  • Be a current BCWA member
  • Have been an IWF Category 2 TO for at least two years; as required by the IWF
  • Submit an application the CWFHC VP Technical via the BCWA VP Technical to take the IWF Category 1 TO exam at a national level competition
  • Pass the IWF Category 2 Technical Official exam (both practical and theory) as required and noted in the 2013-2016 IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations

Upon successful completion of the above the applicant provides the required payment for the IWF Category 1 TO license to the BCWA VP Technical. The relevant fee is noted every quadrennial in the IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations handbook. The BCWA will forward the payment to the IWF via the CWFHC VP Technical or authorized designate and send the IWF TO license to the applicant.

Validation of Technical Officials

BCWA Provincial Level 4 TO
A BCWA Level 4 TO certification remains valid for the duration of the individual’s lifetime.

CWFHC National Level 3 TO
A CWFHC Level 3 TO certification remains valid for the duration of the individual’s valid BCWA membership.

IWF International Category 1 and 2 TO & Certificate of Duty
An IWF TO license must be renewed each quadrennial (Olympic cycle) as noted the relevant IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations handbook.

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