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Certification

How to Become a Certified Official

We currently certify officials in the following sports: baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

Age Requirements: All officials must be at least 18 years old.  Soccer officials may certify for non-varsity at age 16.  Softball officials may certify for non-varsity as high school seniors. 
 
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 I or Part II test that is administered online through the NFHS.  Part I is required for basketball and track; Part II is required for all other sports. The required test is an open-book rules examination and can be retaken up to five (5) times during the 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 required test the previous year, and current year.

NFHS Testing Dates for Idaho

Contact the NFHS Help Desk at 317-565-2023 with log-in issues 

     Basketball              Open                   Close

        *Part I               10/27/2017           11/26/2017

     Wrestling                Open                   Close

         Part I                10/10/2017           11/26/2017

       *Part II                11/27/2017           12/11/2017

Baseball/Softball         Open                  Close

         Part I                 2/10/2018            3/18/2018

       *Part II                 3/19/2018            4/2/2018

  Track & Field             Open                   Close

       *Part I                   2/17/2018            4/2/2018

                                                  *Required

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 2018-19, 2020-21, etc.  If you are a new official in an odd year, you must certify in that year and then again on even numbered years.  The IHSAA Board of Directors must approve alternative concussion courses or seminars.  Only courses completed after May 1 will be accepted. 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: 2018-19, 2020-21, 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 left margin of this page or click here.  Contact our Officials Coordinator, Brynn Knudson, at knudsonb@idhsaa.org with any further questions.

*Each district may have additional training

        

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