Initial (First Time) Certification
Who: New or experienced coaches and/or adjudicators (judges) can gain certification through this training program. There is a modest fee to cover cost of materials and trainer expenses: $38. You may pay online when registering, or send a check to the state office.
How it works: You enroll in an online course, which takes about two hours to complete. After successful completion, you will register for an in-person, 3-hour workshop, where a trainer will guide you through best practices of writing effective evaluations. At the end of the workshop, you will independently write evaluations of two performances, and these evaluations will be assessed for quality constructive and instructive feedback.
Workshop: Enroll and complete the online course at least a week ahead of a workshop you wish to attend; you must register through the online course; walk-ins are not allowed. We require at least 3 hours of in-person attendance; if the timeframe doesn’t work or you will be delayed in arriving, please find a different workshop.
Term of Certification & Renewal
Certification terms last three school years (inclusive of the one in which certification took place). The state office emails adjudicators when certification is due for renewal. Following successful completion of a “refresher” online course, receipt of $6 fee, and assessment (online completion of evaluation of a video student speech or attending an in-person workshop for an additional $15 fee in November, December, or January), adjudicators receive a letter and digital certificate as proof of renewal. There are no longer multiple choice tests.
A complete adjudicator certification roster is available on the training site linked below; you must create an account to view the roster (to prevent spam).