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Want to become an official? 

Here is how to get started!

  1. Successfully complete the Safe Play course online

  2. Apply for a background check through the USTA

  3. Complete the Five (5) online training modules to learn the rules and procedures (Intro to Officiating, Rules/Regs 1,2,3 and Roving 1.)

  4. Complete and submit a Vision Form after receiving an eye exam. This is for new officials who started the online courses in January 2017.

  5. Contact your State Chair, Al Marshall ( or USTA staff contact, James Tart ( to complete your certification and gain access to Nucula, our officiating database. You are not certified to work until your Nucula account is approved.

  6. Build your knowledge! As an official, you never stop learning. Read the Friend at Court. Continue to work events and gain experience.

Helpful Links

USTA Officiating Page

Friend at Court: Handbook of Tennis Rules and Regulations

USTA Officiating: Policies and Notices