The IAAF nominated the first Race Walking Committee in 1926 with the purpose of educating specialised judges to conduct and oversee international race walking competitions.
However, it was only in 1996 that the IAAF created an educational system called RWJECS with the purpose of providing participants with the theoretical and practical training required to make them capable of officiating at international competitions.
All TOECS Level I Technical Officials are entitled to officiate Race Walking Competitions at National Level.
The objective of the Level II Course is to provide participants with the theoretical and practical training required to make them capable of officiating at international competitions up to Area level.
Level II Courses are organised by the IAAF and the Area Associations. The Level II Course also identifies potential candidates for the position of Area Race Walking Judges ARWJ. Participants who successfully complete the course receive an IAAF Level II Race Walking Officiating Diploma.
Level III (IRWJ)
International Race Walking Judges (IRWJs) is an evaluation through which the top Race Walking Officials in the world are selected for appointment as IRWJs.
IRWJs are appointed by the IAAF to judge the major race walking competitions including the World Race Walking Team Championships, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. Every four years (in the second year following an Olympic Games, i.e. 2018 – 2022 etc.), the IAAF organises and conducts an IRWJ Evaluation. Participants who successfully complete the course are placed on the IRWJs Panel making them eligible for an IRWJ position.