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Officials Certification 

Training and certification of officials is central to USATF's goal of ensuring fair and safe competitive opportunities for athletes. The training and certification processes promote a serious and professional approach to officiating and demonstrate an official's commitment to excellence. As an official gains experience, exposure to correct officiating practices, and additional training, USATF recognizes this skill development through progressive levels of certification:  Apprentice to National to Master.

Certification Requirements

1. Be a current year member of USATF. Click HERE for the online application and              payment
2. Complete a New Officials Certification, or Recertification Application Form.
3. Meet the certification requirements established below, including a passing score on an open-book rules review.
4. Make payment of the certification fee established by the Association.
5. Complete US Olympic Committee's SafeSport training course.
6. Complete the USATF required Background Check 
7. Provide a current photo
8. Complete any additional requirements established by the association

Note:  a current USATF membership number is required in order to receive credit for the SafeSport Training and the background check.

Certification Levels, Grades and Criteria
Certification Process


Click HERE for the current Certification Regulation


Certification Forms and Rules Reviews

Click HERE for a complete list of Rules Reviews along with the application form for new certifications and recertifications.

Procedures for Certification or Recertification


Certification Chair

For questions about certification, including how to get certified and the status of your certification, contact Rod Larsen, Certification Chair.