Level 1 Certification

Level 1 Race Director Certification is the first step to receiving access to certain USA Triathlon Partner Programs and gathering the latest information on risk management, insurance, course development and USAT sanction compliance. Any race director can sanction an event with USA Triathlon. However, only certified race directors can demonstrate and provide proof of thorough training by USA Triathlon to local permitting agencies, medical and law enforcement personnel and our insurance company.

The benefits to becoming a Certified Race Director Include:


Discount on sanction fees

Eligibility to host non-owned National Championships, regional championship and special qualifier events.

Complimentary USAT membership during each year certified.

Discounts on USAT marketing materials

Opportunity to have free Gatorade Sponsorship at your event



A race director's certification will only last two years with the expiration date always ending on 12/31 and not from the date of their certification. In order for a race director to continue their certification they must be in full compliance with all sanction guidelines and pre and post-race requirements. A race director must submit and pass a background check through NCSI and SafeSport training. To find out more information on how to recertify please click here.