How to Become a Certified Official
Requirements: Candidates must be at least 18 years old. Soccer officials may certify for junior varsity at age 16. We currently license officials in the following sports: baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.
Registration: Register to become an IHSAA official here.
*State Rules Clinic: All officials are required to attend a State Rules Clinic. At the Rules Clinic you’ll receive the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Rule Book. A list of rules clinics is available here.
Testing: All officials are required to take the Part II test that is administered online through the NFHS during a 14-day window. This is an open-book rules examination and can be retaken up to 5 times during the 14-day testing period. All new officials are non-varsity officials their first year. Non-varsity officials must receive a score of 70% or better on the current year test. In order to be a varsity official the following year, officials must receive a score of 80% or better on the Part II test the previous year, and current year.
Concussion Course: All new officials are required to take the St. Luke’s Concussion Course before officiating a regular season contest. Returning officials are required to review the St. Luke’s Concussion Course on even numbered years. The IHSAA statewide concussion review dates are 2016-17, 2018-19, 2020-21, tec. If you are a new official in an odd year, you must test in that year and then again on even numbered years. The IHSAA Board of Directors must approve alternative concussion courses or seminars. The concussion course is available here.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course: All coaches and officials must take the NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest course prior to the first day of practice. *All coaches and officials are required to review the NFHS Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course on even numbered years. IHSAA Statewide SCA Review dates: 2016-17, 2018-19, etc. Only courses completed after May 1 will be accepted. Access the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Course here.
Additional Information: For more information regarding certification and training of athletic officials, visit Officials Handbook on the Officials page. Contact our Officials Coordinator, Brynn Knudson, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
*Each district may have additional training