AMA Recreation Officials are volunteers who ensure satisfaction and safety in AMA sanctioned recreation events and are present in all levels of motor vehicle and personal watercraft activities and operate across all disciplines. 

As discussed in the AMA General Events Code, Recreation events or pleasure driving/ riding events are the activities normally associated with recreational driving/ riding of registered motor vehicles, towables, PWC and their associated activities.

There are two primary officials in an AMA Recreation event:

  • Trip Leader; and
  • Trip Sweep.

Depending on the size of a recreation group, the Trip Leader may recruit additional volunteers known as Mid Sweeps to assit with the management of a trip. 

Trip Leaders are responsible for the planning and leading of AMA recreational driving or riding events whether for single day or multi day with overnight stays.

Overview of Trip Leader Responsibilities

  • Oversee and approve pre-event planning and documentation
  • Check risk assessments
  • Ensure clear communication with organisers and participants
  • Hold briefings and debriefings
  • Demonstrate a duty of care
  • Promote responsibility of fair and safe conduct during activities
  • Approve results, levy and complete reports post event.

Bebefits of being a Trip Leader/ Sweep

  • Voluntary workers insurance cover
  • Protector Liability insurance cover
  • Volunteers newsletter
  • Free recreation officials training
  • Support from officials support team and regional events officers


The AMA's trainer assessor supervises and supports trainee and certified leaders/ sweeps and their events at all levels, to enable growth, development and ensure sustainability.

Recreation Officials should be IT literate, in order to complete administration and submit forms online. Strong communication skills are needed in order to enable prompt exchanges, provide clear instructions and give honest feedback.

How to get involved?

The AMA always needs new Recreation Officials. We rely on a workforce of leaders and sweeps who ensure all AMA recreational driving and riding events are conducted in a fair and safe manner and that they follow the spirit of the principles of AMA Outdoors.

With the many AMA events held every year there is something for everyone. Please Note: AMA certified leaders are required to have an active AMA Club Membership. You can not apply for leader/ sweep certification unless you are a current financial member. 

Find out further information below on Leader Qualifications or for information about local opportunities you can Contact Us.

To become a certified AMA Trip Leader/ Sweep you will need to either:

  1. prove your past or current Trip Leader/ Sweep or equivalent qualifications obtained from other organisations; or
  2. gain experience and knowldege by working with experienced Leaders/ Sweeps to enable you to become qualified.

Below is a brief outline of how you become an AMA Trip Leader/ Sweep.

1. We can Recognise your Prior Learning (RPL) whether that be classroom and or on ground experience. You will need to provide details of your experience as a Trip Leader/ Sweep in the AMA Officials Duty Log. Once verified you may apply for an AMA Trip Leader/ Sweeep Level 1 Certification. During the application you will be asked to upload copies of qualifications, licences and other evidence to support your application.  

2. If you don't have any experience or qualifications then you can register as a Trainee Leader/ Sweep. A Trainee Leader/ Sweep is a person that does not hold any Recreation Leader/ Sweep or equivalent qualifications from the AMA or other organisation or have any Leader/ Sweep experience. A Trainee Leader/ Sweep may only 'Assist' an AMA-certified leader/ sweep and must keep a duty log of all officiating activities. In the event that an AMA-certified leader/ sweep is unable to perform his/ her duties at an event for health or other reasons and the Trainee Leader/ Sweep is confident in his/ her abilities to Lead/ Sweep, the Trainee Leader/ Sweep may become the Acting Leader/ Sweep under supervision of the AMA national events manager, to ensure continuity of the event. Once the Trainee Leader/ Sweep has successfully completed and logged a nominal amount of endorsed hours by the Supervising Leader/ Sweep, the AMA national trainer aassessor will verify the endorsement and upon approval, the Trainee Leader/ Sweep may apply for an AMA Leader/ Sweeep Level 1 Certification.

There are two levels of AMA Recreation Leader/ Sweep:

Level 1 Urban Recreation Leader/ Sweep

If you already have previous or existing Recreation Leader/ Sweep officials qualifications with other organisations, the AMA will recognise those qualifications as sufficient and the official may immediately apply for an AMA Recreation Leader/ Sweep Level 1 accreditation.

Level 2 Remote Recreation Leader/ Sweep

To obtain an AMA Level 2 Remote Recreation Leader/ Sweep accreditation, you must have had at least two years of experience as an active Urban Leader with the AMA or hold an equivalent qualification with another organisation.

Leader/ Sweep Accreditation Requirements

To maintain your accreditation you must:

  1. Maintain Recreation Leader/ Sweep authorisation with AMA during the accreditation period. This will ensure the recreation offical is covered by professional indemnity insurance.
  2. If required, maintain a current Working with Children Check relevant to the state or territory in which you will be working.
  3. Each year, undertake leader/ sweep duties at a minimum of three (3) events.
  4. You will be required to submit a duty log of your leader/ sweep activities.


AMA Leaders/ Sweeps Duty Log

AMA Recreation Events Code

AMA Code of Conduct