Posted by cearna, October 9, 2018

The Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) Commissaire Accreditation Program was initially introduced in October 2007.

With no major review of this program conducted since inception, the need for a review was identified and has now been completed.
 The main changes to the program are summarised below:

  • The previous three level system has been aligned with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the SportAust’s (formerly the Australian Sports Commission) two-tiered accreditation;
  • The MTBA National Level Commissaire program has been modernised by the use of an E-Learning Module combined with practical exercises and workbooks at selected events;
  • The continuous education and improvement of commissaires will be addressed through E-Learning and active involvement at MTBA events;
  • Flexible delivery of training.

The aim of these changes is to streamline the commissaires framework, improve efficiency and learning outcomes whilst encouraging members to embark on the rewarding path to becoming a motivated and educated commissaire.

The current Level 1 and 3 commissaire accreditations have been re-named Club/Regional and National Commissaire. Commissaires with either a Level 1 or Level 3 accreditation have automatically had their records updated to the new titles and are required to maintain a current Working with Children Check and to renew their accreditation every four years. 
A current Level 2 Commissaire will be encouraged to take the steps to transition to a National Level Commissaire within six months of the new structure being released. If they choose not to, they will revert to a Club/Regional Commissaire. Level 2 Commissaires will receive communication from MTBA shortly making them aware of this change.

MTBA is planning to deliver National Level Commissaire courses in the following locations:

 Gravity Enduro National Championship  Fox Creek, South Australia  October 2018
 Event to be confirmed  Victoria  November 2018
 XCO/DHI/OT National Championship  Bright, Victoria  April 2019

If you are interested in attending a National Level Commissaire Course, please register your interest at the link below.

The National Commissaire Accreditation is delivered through a mix of E-Learning and activity-based workbooks that are expected to be completed while officiating at approved MTBA events. Participants are required to:

  • be actively participating as a Club/Regional Commissaire at MTB events for at least two years and submit an activity log to MTBA;
  • review the latest version of the National Technical Regulations, UCI Regulations Part I: General organisation of cycling as a sport and Part IV: Mountain Bike;
  • complete the National Online E-Learning module and achieve over 80% correct;
  • hold a positive Working with Children (or state/territory equivalent) accreditation which is provided to MTBA;
  • sign the MTBA Code of Conduct form.

Commissaire Expression of Interest Link


MTBA Technical Regulations and Other Associated Commissaire Documents

In July 2018, MTBA released updated versions of the Technical Regulations for Club/Regional and National Events to keep up to date of the sports evolution and development in line with industry best practice and the UCI Regulations. Information that was updated is highlighted in red text for ease of identification.
To ensure consistency across all publications and frameworks including the role of the Commissaire and the Technical Regulations, the Commissaire manual has been reviewed and updated. The commissaire manual covers a broad range of areas including commissaire and rider code of conduct, discipline, specific race day information, 80% rule information and a variety of forms regularly used by commissaires.
These documents are available between the Publications and Commissaire pages of the MTBA website.

MTBA Technical Regulations and Commissaire Forms

Commissaire Webpage

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