Six steps! See below for detailed description of each step.

  1. Create (or claim) an Officiating Identity
  2. Create a WFTDA Online Learning account: Take the required courses, and pass the required test(s)
  3. Officiate games: The required number and type differ by level of Cert.
  4. Decide who will write Overviews of your Officiating Skill
  5. (Optional) Evaluations and Feedback
  6. Fill out the application form

The levels and basic requirements are as follows:

Certification Level Online Training Requirements Game
Number of
Peer Reviews (OOS)
Eligible to
Receive Evaluations
(Not Required)
Recognized 5 basic lessons and test No 3 No
Level 1 5 basic lessons and test Yes 3 Yes
Level 2 Advanced lessons and test Yes 4 Yes
Level 3 Advanced lessons and test Yes 4 Yes

For helpful information and tips on how to pursue Roller Derby Certification for Officials, see our Certification Learning Guide.

1. Your Officiating Identity

Officials seeking certification must first register in the WFTDA Google-Apps-based system.

Uncertified officials, including legacy officials who did not attain Legacy Certification, should use this form to create a brand new officiating identity.

Why create an identity? The identity enables the official to:

Officials who want to update or change their identity can use this form.

2. Complete Online Learning and Payment

Each certification level has required online courses to complete as a part of the certification process as well as an online test on rules and procedures. To register and pay for online learning go to the WFTDA Certification LMS page.

Course requirements are as follows:

  • All officials applying for any level of certification must complete the “Risk Management” and “Rules” courses.
  • “Basic” position-specific courses include all courses in the official’s channel: All on-skates courses, or all off-skates courses, based on the Official’s application.
  • “Advanced” position-specific courses include all advanced courses, both on and off skates, regardless of the Official’s application.
Certification Level Rules Risk
Position-Specific Classes Rules and Procedures Test
(80% to Pass)
Recognized X X Basic Basic
Level 1 X X Basic Basic
Level 2 X X Advanced Advanced
Level 3 X X Advanced Advanced

If an official takes and fails any test, they may re-take it after 30 days.

3. Complete Game Requirements

The following game requirements must be met for each level. Game requirements for certification meet the definitions listed in, and will be reviewed via submission of the WFTDA Officiating History Document located on the Officiating Standards, Procedures, and Resources page, but see also this manual on how to fill it out correctly—its rules apply to all versions of the officiating history).

Level Applying For Total Number of Games Regulation* Games Sanctioned** Games Within Time Period of Application
Recognized N/A N/A N/A N/A
Level 1 10 N/A N/A 12 months
Level 2 30 20 N/A 24 months
Level 3 30 N/A 15 24 months

*Games are Regulation if they meet the WFTDA or MRDA requirements for Regulation games, or are Sanctioned** games.
****Games are Sanctioned if they are sanctioned by the WFTDA, JRDA (at Level 3), or MRDA. This includes games played at WFTDA or JRDA Playoffs (including Continental Cups) or Championships. Games sanctioned by the MRDA and played on or after 2020-01-01 must also be played at a WFTDA Recognized Tournament in order to count as Sanctioned for this purpose.

Note: Officials from geographically isolated areas can file a request for an exception to be allowed to apply for certification prior to completing the game requirements. This form asks them to provide an explanation of their situation and why requirements were not met, for consideration by Certification. For example, if you are geographically isolated so there are rarely “games,” but your league has frequent scrimmages where your mentors and peers are watching you officiate, this could qualify. Or if you do not have access to sanctioned games but you are still officiating in high-pressure contexts where there are many viewers and high stakes, such as a National tournament or World Cup, this could also qualify. Our goal is not to exclude people, our goal is to be sure that we have enough information to make a good decision. If the exception is not granted, they will not be considered as having been “denied” certification, but will need to complete the requirements before reapplying.

4. Meet Peer Review – Overview of Officiating Skill (OOS)

The Overview of Officiating Skill (OOS) is an online peer assessment form used to assess an official’s strengths, challenges, and areas for growth. Each certification level has different requirements for the required number of OOSes and who may submit an OOS. As these recommendations need to be relevant, OOSes do not expire, but we recommend that they be written as close as possible to your application so that they paint the most up-to-date picture of your officiating. Send this form to your overviewers, or click here to provide an overview:

For instructions on how to choose an assessor, and also instructions for assessors on how to submit an effective OOS, see our How to Review an Official page.

Level Applying For Total Number Source
Recognized 3
  • 1 from any roller derby league
  • 1 from a Head Official
  • 1 from any additional official
Level 1 3
  • 1 from any roller derby league
  • 1 from a Head Official
  • 1 from any additional official
Level 2 4
  • 1 from any roller derby league
  • 1 from a Head Official
  • 2 from any additional officials
Level 3 4
  • 1 from any roller derby league
  • 1 from a Head Official
  • 1 “experienced official”, defined as:
    • A Level 3 Certified Official
    • An official who has worked WFTDA Continental Cups, Playoffs, or Championships, or
    • A THO of a National Federation tournament
  • 1 from any additional official

To see who has filled out evaluations and OOSes for you, use this form:

5. (Optional) Evaluations and Feedback

Evaluations are only available to Certified Officials and are not required as part of the certification process. Officials must “opt in” to receive evaluations via the Certification process. However, Officials must be “opted in” for at least one year prior to applying for Level 2 or Level 3 Certification.

6. Complete Application and Code of Conduct

Once all the requirements for certification are completed, all applicants will be required to:

  • Apply for Initial Certification. Form links will be posted when online learning courses for new certification are available.
  • Applicants will be asked to agree to the terms of the WFTDA Code of Conduct and the WFTDA Privacy Policy in the above application; you can just print a copy, sign it, and then upload a picture of the signature page as part of your application.

Anyone involved in a game with a Certified Official may submit an evaluation, and an official may even submit a self-evaluation. While evaluations will be reviewed in a certification review and are vital for Certification to be able to establish Proven Performance for Level 2 and Level 3, there is no requirement to receive a minimum level of evaluations for any certification level. Evaluations and feedback expire two years after they are written.

Officials seeking certification at Level 1 may opt in to receive evaluations as part of that process. For those who do not, if they later decide to apply to a higher level, they must register 12 months prior to applying for advanced certification, so that evaluations may be reviewed, but there is no minimum number of evaluations required in order to apply. As part of this registration process, Certified Officials must opt to enable others to evaluate them. Officials should review the “Upgrades and Renewals” section to ensure that this process is completed in time for their upgrade eligibility date.

Certification will review the old-format evaluations for officials seeking certification as long as the evaluation was written within two years of the official’s review date. Legacy evaluations will not be accepted for games officiated after the date that applications open for Recognized/Level 1 certification.

For information on how to submit an effective evaluation, see our How To Review An Official page.

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