Roles and Promotion of Technical Officials

In Weightlifting, there are five levels of Technical Officials:

The first level of officiating is the Ontario Weightlifting Association Provincial Category 4 Technical Official. OWA Category 4 TOs may officiate at provincial club, inter-club and open competitions, including Elite competitions. An OWA Category 4 TO certification remains valid for the duration of the individual’s valid OWA membership.

The second level of officiating is the Canadian Weightlifting Federation Haltérophile Canadienne (CWFHC) National Category 3 Technical Official. In addition to the above competitions, CWFHC Category 3 TOs may officiate at all levels of national competitions. A CWFHC Category 3 TO certification remains valid for the duration of the individual’s valid OWA membership.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

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.)

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Category 4
Technical Officials
Examination

2019

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Category 4 
Technical Officials Examination
Answer Sheet

2019

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Category 3 Technical Officials Examination

2019

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Category 3 Technical Officials Examination
Answer Sheet

2019

OWA Technical Official Certification

Provincial Category 4 Technical Official

  • Be a current OWA member.

  • Job shadow a CWFHC Category 3 (or higher) TO at a competition and/or attend an Officiating Clinic conducted by an IWF Category 1 or 2 TO.

  • Pass the 60 question theory exam conducted by an OWA Category 4 (or higher) TO. The passing grade is 75%.

  • Referee 65 lifts while being adjudicated by a CWFHC Category 3 (or higher) TO. The 65 lifts must be done within one competition and must consist of the weigh-in.

  • Participate at a weigh-in for one session.

  • Act in the following roles for one session: Technical Controller, timekeeper and scorekeeper.

OWA Category 4 TO adjudication may be arranged with the OWA VP Technical or assigned designate at either a club, interclub or open competition. Upon successful completion of the above, the OWA VP Technical or assigned designate ensures the OWA TO database is updated with relevant TO information: name, contact information, category, date received.

 

CWFHC National Category 3 Technical Official

  • Be a current OWA Member.

  • Be active as a Category 4 TO for at least one year.

  • Attend an Officiating Clinic conducted by an IWF Category 1 or 2 TO (optional).

  • Pass the CWFHC Technical Official Examination conducted by a Category 3 (or higher) TO. The passing grade is 85%

  • Referee at least 100 lifts while being adjudicated at an OWA-sanctioned open or National level competition by a Jury consisting of IWF Category 1 and/or 2 TOs (the lifts must be done within one competition and must consist of the weigh-in; passing grade is 85%)

  • Referee at least 6 OWA-sanctioned open competitions (may include one inter-club meet but does not include club meets)

  • Act as a Technical Controller and Speaker or Marshal for at least 3 OWA-sanctioned open competitions.

CWFHC Category 3 TO adjudication may be arranged with the OWA VP Technical or assigned designate at either a provincial or national competition. Upon successful completion of the above, the OWA VP Technical or assigned designate ensures the OWA TO database is updated with relevant TO information: name, contact information, category, date received and submitted to the CWFHC VP Technical.

IWF Category 2 Technical Official - International

  • Be a current OWA member.

  • Nationally active TO for at least 5 years, as required by the IWF

  • Submit an application to the CWFHC VP Technical via the OWA 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 and Regulations

Upon successful completion of the above the applicant provides the required payment for both the IWF Category 2 TO licence and new IWF card to the OWA VP Technical. The relevant fees are noted every quadrennial in the IWF Technical and Competition Rules & Regulations handbook. The OWA 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 Category 1 Technical Official - International

  • Be a current OWA member

  • Active as an IWF Category 2 TO for at least 2 years, as required by the IWF

  • Submit an application to the CWFHC VP Technical via the OWA VP Technical to take the IWF Category 1 TO examination at a National level competition

  • Pass the IWF Category 1 Technical Official exam (both practical and theory) as required and noted in the 2013-2016 IWF Technical and Competition Rules and Regulation

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

 

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