Technical Official Categories

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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