The need for licensed sports officials has never been stronger, and the process to get certified has been streamlined and simplified for those looking to get back into the game.
The WIAA offers the following information on how to get licensed:
- Licensing for the 2020-21 school year opened May 1, 2020.
- Submit the online licensing application and pay fees. To access the online application, go under Officials and select Online Licensing. Note: If you will be a high school student for the 2020-21 school year, you do not have to pay any licensing fees but you must license through your high school athletic director.
- Once the application is received you will receive an email from the WIAA indicating that,if you you need to complete the Authorization Form for a Background Check (there will be a link in the email to this form). If you completed the background check during the 2018-19 or 2019-20 school year, you will not be required to completed one for 2020-21.A s High school students are not required to completed the background check.
- If a background check is needed, once the WIAA receives the background check results, the application will be processed. If no background check is needed, your application will be processed immediately.
- Rules books and exam/video information will be sent about 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season.
- Online rules exams and videos will be available on the WIAA website about 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season. In order to advance in classification, officials need to complete the exam by indicated date (and score the required percentage) and watch the rules video by indicated deadline date every year. In order to advance to L5 and Master officials need to have the required amount of varsity contests listed in their profile.
- A detailed description of all classification advancement requirements can be found in the Guide for Officials – click here to access the Guide.
- An officials license is good from August 1 to July 31. The renewal period for the next year starts May 1.
- The WIAA does not assign officials to regular season contests; that is done by either the high school athletic director or the conference commissioner. Contact your local high school athletic director to let them know you are licensed and ready for assignments.
- If there is an official’s association in your area, it is highly recommended you join the association. Being a member of an association is very beneficial as they oftentimes provide additional training and can help in getting you game assignments.
- Officials are independent contractors and not employees of the WIAA or its member schools.
- Become An Official Brochure
- Licensing Information (please read before completing application process)
- 2020-21 Licensing Application (printable copy) – Note if you were licensed in baseball, softball and track & field for the 2019-20 school year, you do not have to pay the $15 sport fee indicated on the application. Also, you will not be getting any new rules books for 2020-21 for baseball, softball and track & field, you will be using your 2019-20 rules books. New officials in these sports will have to pay the $15 sport fee and will be sent the 2019-20 rules books.
- Reciprocity Info. for WI Residents
- 2020-21 Reciprocity Application (printable copy)
The National Association of Sports Officials – naso.org
NASO Referee Training Center – Click Here
NASO Association Advance Training Information for Officials Association – Click Here
National Federation of State High School Associations – NFHSlearn.com – Click Here
Note: L0, L1, L2 and L3 officials will be allowed to advance two levels in classification per sport, per year, when credited for by completing a NFHS officials training video for the sport(s) official is licensed in. Official must meet all the criteria for the new level (maximum one clinic or video per sport/year). Note: Training video viewing does not eliminate the WIAA rules video requirement. L4, L5 and Master officials viewing a NFHS training video will be given credit for one varsity contest on their Schedule of Games. ALL criteria for advanced classification must be met. See Pages 3-4 of the Guide for Officials (found on the Officials Center) for details regarding classification advancement requirement.
Area Officials Associations Contact Information
941 Wisconsin Valley Officials Association
2070 5th Street South – Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
715-421-2575 [email protected]
BA – BK – FB – SB – VB
973 North Central Soccer Referee Unit
3313 Linwood Springs. – Stevens Point, WI 54481
1004 North Central Officials Association
N2875 Whispering Pines Lane
Medford, WI 54451
503 Fox Cities Soccer Referee Unit
1611 Pond View Ct. – Neenah, WI 54956
920-209-7899 or [email protected]
953 Central WI Hockey Officials Assn.
Jim T. Brown
1505 Golden Meadow St. – Wausau, WI 5
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