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Want to become an official? 

Here is how to get started!

  1. Create an account on OfficialsFirst, the USTA Officiating Database.

  2. Complete the Introduction to Officiating, Rules and Regulations modules, and Roving 1 to complete the testing requirement for Foundation 1 Prospect. Click here to access these courses.

  3. Be in compliance with USTA Safe Play. To get started:   
    • Click here to access the training and enter the Access Code: SSFD-CST3-95CL-QBN5 (please note that the letters are in CAPS). You will be prompted to create an account (USE THE EMAIL ADDRESS THE USTA HAS ON FILE FOR YOU) and will then have access to your learning dashboard. From your learning dashboard, there are three 30 minute training modules to complete:
      • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
      • Mandatory Reporting
      • Emotional and Physical Misconduct
    • Review the USTA Safe Play Conduct, Policies, and Guidelines found here
    • Complete the USTA Safe Play background screen application available here
    • We recommend using a desktop or laptop because the verification screens at the end of the application don't fully load on tablets or mobile devices. Once the background screening application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from with your NCSI Application ID number.
    • Results will be generated in approximately 10 business days. Wen your background screening is completed, you will receive either a green or red light based on the results of your application and the USTA's criteria.

  4. Be a USTA member. (To become a member: click here

  5. Submit to the USTA a physician's or an optometrist's statement attesting that the official has 20/20 visions, either corrected or uncorrected in each eye. Click here for the vision form. Please note that the vision form must be dated within the past 12 months. 

  6. Contact your State Chairperson Irma Brooks (click here) to set up two days of on-court training/shadowing. After the two days, you will show your knowledge of basic themes described in the training checklist (click here) with the Section Chairperson.

Helpful Links

USTA Officiating Page

USTA Officiating: Policies and Notices