The SSC Officials Certification Program consists of five levels for referees and starters, three levels for competitor steward, meet coordinators, timers, finish line judges, announcers, recorders, and all other officials. Each level has specific technical, practical and performance requirements.
The technical requirements include attendance at a clinic of the appropriate level (please refer to specific certification requirements).
The practical requirements include officiating at the appropriate number of non-sanctioned and sanctioned competitions (please refer to specific certification requirements) as either an assistant or chief official.
The performance requirements include a satisfactory evaluation from the chief official or senior branch official, a documented recommendation from the Branch and a review and approval from the branch and/or SSC ODC.
In SSA, Level 1 certification is the responsibility of the club.
Level 2 certification is the responsibility of SSA. A Level 2 upgrade form needs to be completed and submitted to SSA by April 1st of each year. Upgrades are determined by the SSA ODC.
Level 3 certification is the responsibility of SSC. A Level 3 upgrade form needs to be completed and submitted to SSA by April 1st of each year. Once approved by the SSA ODC, the upgrade application is then sent to SSC by April 15th for consideration by the SSC ODC.