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Major Changes to British Swimming J1 Training Course

18th February 2019

KCASA have just been made aware of major changes being made to the way the J1 Course is to be delivered, and the timetable for the end of J1 training and assessment in its current form.

Although, the dates are well over a year away, everyone must ensure that they plan enough time to complete their training AND assessment.  Course Leaders need to act and warn all existing trainees at their next session, as well as inform future applicants for courses starting later this year.

The last date to start the current J1 training, and the final date for the last J1 assessment that can be carried out under the current system, are non-negotiable.

  • No Judge Level 1 (J1) courses can be started after 1 November 2019
  • Final J1 assessment must be made before 31 July 2020

Enforcement of this requirement will be up to all of us, in the first instance. However, there are actions that British Swimming and Membership Services will be putting in place to ensure those who think they can bend the rules/dates, will not be able to do so.

The British Swimming time line is as follows;

  • Embargo on New J1 courses under existing system - 1st November 2019
  • Changes & Final Approval of new system - December 2019
  • New J1 Training system, Go Live - 1st January 2020
  • Cessation of old J1 qualification assessments - 31st July 2020. 
  • All candidates currently on the J1 course, need to have passed their assessment by this date. There will be no movement of this date.

At the present time, we do not have any information from British Swimming on what the new course will look like. Swim England and we, at County level, are simply required to act on British Swimming’s requirements for the delivery of training to all Swimming Technical Officials.

Future Changes

The changes made to the Judge Level 1 training method and the cessation of the old style will also be adopted for Judge Level 2 and J2S, after the new J1 system is running successfully. There is no plan that I am aware of at present, to change the Referee training methods.

Malcolm Keysell 

KCASA Swimming Officials Manager 

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