How to Recertify (Referee Grades 7, 8, 9)

This "How To" will explain how to recertify for the following registration year if you are a Grade 7, 8, or 9 Referee in the State of Washington.

Please click on the below titles for information and instructions referred to by each title. For complete detailed Certification, Re-Certification and Upgrading Requirements by Referee Grade, click Here

Recertification Requirements (Summary)

- Click the title that applies to your last registration situation for applicable requirements.
- I was Last Certified in , or
If you were last certified in , you must recertify before July 01, . You may not officiate games unless you are certified for the current year.

If you were last certified in or , you must recertify between Nov 01, and July 01, to officiate in .

If you were last certified in or , you may recertify between July 01, and Oct 31, . This will certify you for and , however, you will need to pay the registration fees for both years plus any “late” administration fees WASRC may add. Once recertified for both years, you may referee immediately.

If you recertify after Oct 31, you may only recertify for the following calendar year. You may not officiate until Jan 01, 2018 and you have recertified.

You have completed recertification when all your requirements for your Referee Grade have been met.
  • Grade 9 has been discontinued in Washington state beginning in badge year 2016. All recertifying Grade 9 Referees will be required to attend a New Referee (Grade 8) Clinic or other program TBD.
  • Grade 8 Requirements:
    • Pay Registration Fee(s)
    • Sign up for 1 or more Grade 7/8 recertification clinics and attend at least one. If an "Online Only" recertification clinic is available, you may sign up for it. This clinic, if available, does not require you to physically attend a clinic.
    • Complete the Online Recertification training materials and embedded Recertification Test with a score of 80% or better

  • Grade 7 Requirements:
    • Pay Registration Fee(s)
    • Sign up for 1 or more Grade 7/8 recertification clinics and attend at least one. If an "Online Only" recertification clinic is available, you may sign up for it. This clinic, if available, does not require you to physically attend a clinic.
    • Complete the Online Recertification training materials and embedded Recertification Test with a score of 80% or better

  • Grade 7+ Requirements:
    • Same as Grade 7 above, plus a current (last 12 months) passing Fitness Test and Maintenance Assessment

    Note: Referees in Grades 8, 7 and 7+ - see the section "Requirements for Selection or Assignment" below.
- I was Last Certified before
If you were last certified before , you must start the certification process over by attending a New Referee Clinic. If you recertify after mid-June, you may not officate until January 1, .

Online Steps to Complete Recertification

The titles listed below will provide detailed instructions for completing your annual recertification. Click each title as needed.
Step 1: Log into WASRC Website
Click on "Login"

A) If you have an active account on WAReferees, enter your Username and Password and click "Login".

B) If you don't have an active account (i.e. you've never logged into before), then lookup your temporary username and password by entering your Last Name and your Birth Date in the Member Lookup section. Then click "Lookup".

You will then select yourself from the list of people presented by clicking "Select".

You will then be prompted to verify the email address that is on file. If it is correct an email will be sent to this email address which will contain your temporary username and password. If it is not correct, you will need to contact the WASRC office to get your temporary username and password.

If you still need help logging on, contact the WASRC office at or call 206-588-6051.
Step 2: Find a Clinic
Once you have logged onto the WAReferees website, scroll down until you find the "Clinic Reservation" section. Within this section you will see the clinics which you may reserve. Within the Recertification area, choose a clinic by clicking on the associated "Reserve Clinic" button.

Below is an example of a Grade 8 referee who lives in District 02-East King County. These are his recertification clinic options within East King County. By changing the "Clinic Location" drop down, he could see clinics in other parts of the state which he may attend.

Step 3: Pay Your Annual Registration Fee
Once a "Reserve Clinic" button has been clicked, the USSF Referee Registration Fee will appear in the Fee area. Click on "CHECKOUT: Click here to pay fees and complete your Reservation" to pay for your recertification and reserve you place at the clinic.

You may pay by credit card, debit card or by mailing in a check or money order.

Step 4: Take the Online Lessons
Once you've paid for your registration you will be able to take the Online Lessons required for recertification. You may complete the online lessons before or after the clinic. (Note: Grade 9 recertification only requires the Online Lessons. It does not require an in class clinic.)

On the Member Information page, scroll down to the Clinic Reservation section. There will be an "Online Lessons" button next to the clinic you reserved. Click this button to begin the Online Lessons. You may stop the lessons at any point between lessons and then pick up where you left off at a different time. It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the Online Lessons.

On a side note: If you need to transfer to a different clinic, simply click the "Transfer/Cancel Reservation" link next to the clinic you have reserved and you will be prompted to choose a different clinic.

There are a number of lessons that need to be completed. Click on the "Start the Lesson" button to watch a short video and answer questions about it. You may not skip through the video or you will not get credit for the lesson. If you miss any questions at the end of the video on the first try you will not get credit for the lesson. If you don't get credit, you will need to take the lesson over.

Please see the "Online Course Help" for more about taking the online lessons.

After each lesson click the "Push to Update Lesson List" button to refresh the page. If a lesson is completed correctly, it will say "completed". If it is not completed correctly, it will say "incomplete". To retake a lesson, click "Retake Lesson".

Known Problems with the Online Lessons and What to do About Them

 - "Complete" or "Incomplete" is not Displayed - Due to synchronization issues, the website may not get a status back from the USSF lesson module. In this case, "Status Pending (updated in 24-48 hours)" will appear after you complete a lesson. This synchronization problem will be cleared up each evening about 10PM when system synchronization is completed with USSF. If this problem doesn't clear itself up within 2 days, please contact and send in the confirmation email showing you completed the lesson.

 - Website Reports an Error at the End of a Lesson  - Lessons entitled "Law 5a - Concussion Awareness" and "Advice to New Referees Refresher" have a compatibility issue between older versions of Adobe's Flash Player and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. To fix this problem you can either download the latest version of Adobe's Flash Player from Adobe's website or use a different browser such as Google's Chrome or Firefox.

 - Taking Lessons Directly from USSF Website Will Not Work - If you don't use the WAReferees website to take the online lessons there is no guarantee you will get credit for taking the lessons.

Follow the Instructions

 - Read and follow the instructions or you may not get credit for the lesson.

Click "Remember Me" and your browser should be able to save you from entering this information for each lesson.

At the end of each lesson, a Green or Red message will tell you if you have completed the lesson. Be sure to wait for the Green message you won't get credit.
Lesson Completed

Lesson Incomplete

Completion of the Online Lessons

Once you have completed all the online lessons it will tell you so in the Clinic Reservation section of the Member Information page.
Step 5: Attend a Clinic (if required)
You must attend the clinic you've signed up for to get recertified, unless you signed up for an "Online Only" clinic.

You may attend the clinic before or after completing the Online Lessons.

Badges and Registration Cards

Badges will be mailed to you 4-6 weeks after you complete your recertification.

It is alright to use your badge until you receive your badge. It is only required that the WASRC website ( shows you are certified for . Everyone will agree it is nice to have the badge, though.

If you would like a USSF Registration Card, you can print one from USSF's website. Follow these instructions. It is rare in Washington State to need a USSF Registration Card.

Requirements for WASRC Selection or Assignment to State Cup Games, State Tournaments, etc.

Grade 7 and 8 Referees may be required to complete some or all of the requirements below in order to be selected for State Cup games, State Tournaments, Out of State events, etc.
  1. Attendance at one or more "Qualifying Events" such as:
    1. Referee Development Academy (RDA)
    2. Regional Training Seminar (RTS)
    3. Other WASRC Sponsored training events such as Advanced Clinic, Founders Cup, Big Boys Tournament, Referee Development Team and "By Invitation Only"
    4. Regional / National events such as Presidents Cup, Far West Regionals, Veterans Cup, Development Academy
  2. Fitness Test
  3. Practical Evaluation (Assessment)