World Athletics 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 World Athletics 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 World Athletics 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 a World Athletics 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 World Athletics 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.), World Athletics 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.