Provincial Judges (PJ), Candidates (PJC) and Safety Officers (SO) must be current members of BC Archery in order for their certification to be recognized.

The role of a judge is to ensure safe and fair competition. Judges are there for the benefit of the archers and the integrity of the event.



"Don't just open the book to see if you can find a penalty to take away an archer's score,

look in the book to find a rule, if possible, to save the archer's score."

 - Morten B Wilmann, Sergio Font, Dion Buhagiar, from the WA Judge Guidebook

Click on the tabs below to see the criteria for each level of certification.

Making an arrow call

Provincial Judge certification is the minimum level of certification allowed to officiate a tournament registered with Archery Canada. See rule in Book 2 of the Rule Book.

In order for certification to be recognized, the Judge must be a current member of BC Archery. This is important so that the scores of the athletes are not jeopardized by an administration error.

A Provincial Judge may mentor a Judge Candidate. Information about the Candidate's abilities and recommendations for improvements should be sent to the Judge Chair at the end of any supervisory session. The mentoring Judge must remain alongside the Candidate throughout the tournament; the Judge may not compete at the same time he/she is mentoring. 

A Judge officiating a tournament may not also compete, unless there is opportunity for a second session (ie. 2 separate events held on the same day where the Judge officiates one session and another Judge officiates the other session).  

Once certified, a BC Provincial Judge will receive the following:

  • BC Judge shirt
  • bow measuring ring (122mm diameter ring for measuring barebows)
  • arrow gauge (for measuring maximum arrow diameter)
  • bow scale (spring-type)

In order to maintain Provincial Judge status, a judge must officiate at least one registered tournament every three years. Once status has lapsed, the designation will change from PJ to  PJX (provincial judge-lapsed): higher status than a PJC but indicating that a refresher may be required. If status has lapsed, the judge may be required to take a proficiency test and mentor with a certified judge in good standing at their next registered tournament.

There are two ways to become a Provincial Judge Candidate: attend a weekend clinic or take the home-study course. This will provide the foundation for the candidate to work towards full certification as a Provincial Judge.

The process of becoming certified requires experience in the various disciplines, mentoring under a certified judge . There is opportunity to be certified as a Provincial Judge in a specific discipline of Field, Indoor and Outdoor target, and/or 3D. Case studies must be completed within 6 months of starting the process, otherwise, you will need to start over and pay for the course again.

The individual fee for the weekend clinic is $100 or the home-study course is $75. Candidate status will be granted upon completion of several case studies and achieving a mark of at least 70% on the final exam.

In order to become certified, the Candidate must: 

  • Complete practical experience hours at registered tournaments (can be local) working alongside a qualified Provincial Judge. The practical hours are reported by the Provincial Judge to the Judge Chair. The candidate will be required to obtain practical hours at BC Provincial Championships. During these practical hours the Candidate should obtain experience performing equipment inspections, making arrow calls, running the timer, and applying the rules.
  • Target certification requires experience in Indoor and/or Outdoor Target competitions (ie BC Championships). Field certification requires experience at an AC registered Field event. 3D certification requires experience at a Provincial Outdoor 3D Championship. Obtaining any/all certifications requires working with a fully certified Provincial Judge at the events. The Provincial Judge shall report to the Judge Chair their satisfaction level of your performance at the event along with a recommendation whether further experience is required.
  • A Candidate is not allowed to officiate a registered tournament by themselves: the mentoring Provincial Judge must be present alongside the Candidate (may not be also competing; see Provincial Judge tab)
  • A Candidate may officiate club-level or social events (unregistered) and be a valuable resource for the athletes with regard to safety, rules and equipment.

A Safety Officer is the minimum required status for a club to meet membership requirements. Safety Officers ensure the safe set-up and operation of an archery range.

The training manual and exam can be found on the Archery Canada website.

The exam is offered for free, however your membership must be in good standing for the current year in order for your exam to be marked.

Confirmation of successful completion will be sent to you by Archery Canada.

Safety Officers are not qualified to officiate any tournaments; they are qualified to ensure the safe set-up and operation of the range.

National Judges are qualified to officiate at National events.

Certification is completed through Archery Canada.

The first step is for the Judge Chair to complete a recommendation form, with your help and input, and submit it to the Archery Canada Chair for Judge Certification for approval. Once approved you will be required to complete the criteria as set out by Archery Canada, which may include attending National Judge clinics normally coinciding with the annual outdoor Championships and mentoring at several National events.

After becoming a National Judge, you may wish to become certified as a Continental Judge (Americas) or an International Judge (World Archery).

Judging Philosophy

The function of an official at any tournament is to see that the tournament runs smoothly, so that each and every competitor can achieve her/his best performance.

- excerpt from the WA Judge Guidebook


Contact the Judge Chair:

  • to take a judge course 
  • to host a clinic at your club
  • if you have questions about the rules
  • if you have questions about your Judge status

Judging Clinic

September 28 & 29, 9am-5pm each day
New Totem Archery Club
Fort St John, BC

Contact the Executive Director to confirm space and register for the clinic. More information will be emailed to you once space has been confirmed.