Race Officer Qualification Requirements

 

RYA qualifications for race officers are Regional Race Officer and National Race Officer. The International Race Officer qualification is awarded by World Sailing. 

All RYA qualifications (NRO and RRO) are held for four years, after which time an application for renewal must be made.  Applicants must be:

  • members of the RYA
  • age 18 or over for both National and Regional qualification
  • an experienced racing sailor
  • an email user with internet access
  • UK passport holder (or have principal residence in the UK). 

The table below provides a summary of the Race Officer qualification requirements. For all qualification requirements in more detail, please view our competency document.

Requirement

Regional Race Officer

National Race Officer

 

Initial

Renewal

Initial

Renewal

Course

RRO

Not required

NRO

Not required

 

Examination

RRO Exam (min 70%)

 

Not required

NRO Exam (min 70%)

 

Not required

 

 

 

 

 

Experience

4 events as FRO or CRO

4 major events as FRO or CRO

3 events as FRO or CRO &

1 Nationals or WS Principal Events as RMT

 

3 major events as FRO or CRO &

2 WS Principal Events as ARO

2 events as FRO or CRO &

2 Nationals or WS Principal Events as ARO

 

2 major events as FRO or CRO &

2 WS Principal Event as DRO

References

1

Not required

2

Not required

VHF

Certificate

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Powerboat Qualification

 

Not required

 

Not required

 

PB2

 

PB2

Conference

Not required

Yes

Not required

Yes

 

References must be from the events given on the application form.

Candidates for the National qualification are also required to show additional experience such as an ability to work with a variety of course configurations, in waters outside of their home area and with several senior race officers.  A 'major event' is deliberately not defined as there are many factors to be taken into consideration when assessing this. 

The Race Officer application form and reference form can be found here