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Officials Certification, Recertification and Upgrades


Becoming a New USATF Official

BECOME A USATF MEMBER: To become a USATF-certified official, you must first become a member of USATF. You must renew your USATF membership each year, unless you obtain a multi-year membership. (Please visit the USATF website to learn about an array of membership benefits, including secondary insurance.) Certification as an official is a separate process and is for a four-year period between Olympiads. The current certification period is 2013-2016.

DOWNLOAD FORMS: To apply for certification, download the New Officials Application Form and the Rules Review (test) for the Apprentice level in your field of interest -- track and field, long-distance running, or race walking. (All new officials are certified at the Apprentice level.)

SUBMIT FORMS, CHECK, PHOTO: Complete the application form and the test and mail them to me at the address below with a $65 application fee made out to USATF Mid-Atlantic. You should also send me a digital headshot photograph at the email address below, to be used on your officials identification card.

RULES REVIEW: You should use the online rulebook to take the Rules Review test. All tests for officials, from Apprentice to Master, are "open book" tests. The general idea is that officials should learn how to utilize the rulebook. After you pay the application fee, you will receive your own copy of the rulebook.

MORE INFORMATION: The USATF national officials website has more information about officials certification.

If you have questions, email me at the address below or call me in the evenings.

Earl Edwards
USATF Officials Chair
1209 Painters Crossing
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Phone: 302-494-7805
Email: ebiggeazzy@aol.com


Upgrade Applications for Officials

USATF Mid-Atlantic officials who wish to seek an upgrade in their level of certification may now submit applications. The application form includes a list of the requirements under the new four-level certification system. A separate form should be used by officials who recommend upgrades.

New officials are all initially given the first level, Apprentice Certification, and then may progress to higher and more responsible levels if qualified. Click here for more information on the progression.

An official must have obtained the national or master level to apply for an officiating position at a national meet. If you have never worked a national-level meet, we encourage you to apply. You will enjoy the experience, especially working with other officials from around the country. If you aren’t a national- or master-level official, we encourage you to look into upgrading if you are eligible.


Recertification for the 2013-2016 Olympiad

USATF has mandated that all certified officials must be recertified for the 2013-2016 Olympiad. If you have not yet recertified, a recertification fee of $65 along with a current USATF membership, recertification application and discipline test(s) are needed to complete the recertification process. Here is the step-by-step procedure for recertification:

USATF MEMBERSHIP: A current USATF membership number is required for me to enter recertifications on the national database. You must renew your membership each year unless you have a multi-year membership. (Please visit the USATF website to learn about an array of membership benefits, including secondary insurance.)

RECERTIFICATION APPLICATION AND TESTS: To become recertified for the 2013-2016 Olympiad, current officials should download the Officials Recertification Form and the Rules Review test for your level. Complete the forms and mail them to me at the address below with a $65 application fee made out to USATF Mid-Atlantic. Be sure to sign the application. If you choose, you may also submit a new digital headshot photograph by emailing it to me at the address below.

RULE BOOK: As in the past, you will get a rule book after paying the recertification application fee. Rule books will be sent out after the new 2013 edition is released, which is tentatively scheduled for March. A copy of the current 2012 rulebook is posted on the USATF national website.

UPGRADES: You may file a request to upgrade your level at any time (provided that all national requirements are met for that level), not just at recertification.

STAY CURRENT: It is important to let me know when you have a new membership number in order to maintain your insurance and not be viewed as not current with certification.

If you have questions, email me at the address below or call me in the evenings.

Earl Edwards
USATF Officials Chair
1209 Painters Crossing
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Phone: 302-494-7805
Email: ebiggeazzy@aol.com