MTB Australia has a committment to support and encourage you in developing and contributing to our sport whether it be at a Club, State, National or International level.

To become an accredited Official/ Commissaire you will need to complete an education and training program to provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to officiate as a Commissaire.  Below is a brief outline of how you become a Commissaire.

Officiating courses are delivered under the guidelines of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS), an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) program, managed by the ASC’s Coaching & Officiating Unit.

There are two components to the officiating programs:

  1. A rules and knowledge test. Candidates are supplied a manual and a workbook to complete and return.
  2. Practical assessment.  Once a candidate has passed the rules test, a qualified assessor must assess them as they officiate at an event to ensure they know the rules and can apply them appropriately in competition.

All accredited officials are recognised as having met the standards under the NOAS, recognised by the Commonwealth and State/Territory governments. There are three levels of NOAS Commissaires:

Level 1– a course specifically targeted at the official who desires to assist in the conduct of club racing. The course requires candidates to complete the Online Level 1 Course

Level 2 – a course for the official who assists 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.

Level 3 – an advanced course 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.  To sit the course you must have had at least two years experience as an active Level 2 commissaire. The course is conducted by Mountain Bike Australia, further details can be obtained from


All NOAS accreditations are valid for four (4) years. At the end of this you must be able to show that you have been an active commissaire and have undertaken activities that will keep you current. To maintain your accreditation you must:

  1. Maintain membership with MTBA during the accreditation period. This will ensure the offical is covered by professional indemnity insurance.
  2. Maintain a current Working with Children Check relevant to the state or territory in which you will be working.
  3. Each year, undertake commissaire duties at three (3) events, at least one of which must be at State or regional level (for club/State commissaires) or at National level or above (for National level commissaires). The club level events can be of your choosing, but you will be appointed to the State level events and above by MTBA.

At the end of a 4 year accreditation period, you will be required to submit a log of your commisaire and officiating activities in order to re accredit.

2015 COMMISSAIRE APPOINTMENTS – Please click here (PDF)

Additional Resources

View the Commissaires Policy Here

View Commissaires Log

View Club Commissaires Manual

View Incident Report Form

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