Speech Adjudicator Training

Ensuring Constructive and Instructive Criticism

We have changed the certification process. Please read carefully!

Initial (First Time) Certification

Adjudication WorkshopWho:  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: $36.50. 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, 2½-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.


  • You must pre-register so we will have adequate resources for participants. Walk-ins are NOT allowed.
  • We require at least 2.5 hours of in-person attendance; if the timeframe doesn’t work, 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, assessment (online completion of an evaluation of a video student speech), and receipt of $6 fee, adjudicators receive a letter and digital certificate as proof of renewal.

There are no longer multiple choice tests.

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Adjudicator Certification Status

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