Level 2 Race Director Recertification

To maintain an active certification status with USAT, each Certified Race Director must either become recertified or obtain a Level 2 Certification. In order to obtain Level 2 Race Director Certification the following criteria must be met. See below for details on each item.

**Current Level 2 Race Directors must meet the recertification requirements outlined below, with the exception of the exam, in order to maintain a Level 2 status.**

For a Level 2 Race Director Recertification worksheet, click here

  1. Online Background Check (policies and instructions)
  2. Safe Sport Program (select the free SafeSport option)
  3. Longevity – Two years in the program supported by directing a minimum of one USAT sanctioned event annually; one event for first-time directors.
  4. Sanction Compliance – Each USAT sanctioned event must be fully compliant with all sanction requirements, including pre- and post-event deadlines, fees and materials.
  5. Continuing Education – 15 hours of USAT approved education and/or experiential programs. Five (5) of the required units must be USAT approved or Business or Sport Management events (next item).
  6. Business or Sport Management Education/Experience – USAT RD Symposium, Running USA Conference, or NRPA Conference attendance, among other options OR business practices expertise-service provider specific to multisport. 
  7. Community Service to Multisport – Working as a USAT Official, hosting or participating in a USAT Ambassador program, volunteer support at a USAT sanctioned event or teaching a USAT CEU via web or in person are some examples.
  8. USA Triathlon Support – RDC service, USAT Task Force or Committee, National Championship key support role, Regional or National Board, etc.
  9. Mentoring program – Participation either as a mentor or being mentored,  depending upon experience.
  10. Exam – Completion of the Level 2 RD Certification Exam. 
  11. Updated Forms – Signed copy of USAT Certified RD Code of Ethics.

The above criteria must received by December 31 of the calendar year in which certification expires.

    Application Process

    USAT has moved to an online testing and recertification process. Please read through the step-by-step guide below for the instructions. If an incomplete application or an application that does not meet the minimum standards is submitted, the race director will be asked to resubmit all materials to complete the application. Necessary documents are below.

    Current Level 2 Certified Race Directors do not need to complete the exam but need to follow the Level 2 Recertification instructions in the step-by-step guide. Race directors applying to become Level 2 Certified Race Directors must complete the exam and follow the Level 2 Certification instructions.

    Certified Race directors must submit their Level 2 applications via the online system by their certification expiration date (see outline below). Please read all instructions carefully before submitting materials. Please email Todd Brewer with any questions.

    Race Directors completing a new, higher-level USAT certification (Level 2)  are automatically renewed for the next two year period as a result of completing the new certification. Race Directors must be current in their Level I certification in order to apply for Level 2 status.

    Continuing Education Requirements

    Fifteen (15) CEUs during the two (2) years following certification - five(5) must be USAT approved:

    • USAT Approved Courses
    • USAT Presented Seminars/Webinars
    • Official's Certification
    • USAT Race Director Symposium
    • NRPA Conference
    • Running USA Conference
    • Road Race Management RD Meeting
    • Other Approved USAT Race Director CEU Classes (Active Endurance, IEG, etc.) Please see Continuing Education Opportunities for suggestions.

    Non-USAT Courses:

    • Business/Professional Development
    • Formal Higher Education Courses
    • Business Classes
    • Professional Certifications
    • Reciprocal NGB Certifications

    * Must be relevant to event production or race directing

    USAT Approved Courses: 1 CEU per contact hour – maximum of 10 hours per class

    Non-USAT Courses: 1 CEU per contact hour – maximum of 4 hours per class

    USAT RD Symposium: 8 CEUs for attending one time and 15 CEUs for attending twice in 2 years.

    Formal Higher Education classes: Four CEUs will be provided for each academic credit earned with a maximum of 10 CEUs per course, i.e. 1 credit hour earns 4 CEUs, 2 credit hours earns 8 CEUs, and 3 credit hours earns 10 CEUs.

    CEU Opportunities presented by USAT can be found here.

    This is not a comprehensive list. Please email Todd Brewer to see if a class you are interested in taking or have already taken in will qualify!

    Community Service Requirements

    The following are examples of activities that meet the community service requirement. Please email Todd Brewer with questions about a specific activity that is not listed below as many will qualify!

    • Volunteer time working at sanctioned event that is not your own
    • Work as a USAT Certified Official at another sanctioned event (not your own)
    • Present at a USAT Certification course
    • Teach a USAT Approved CEU
    • Obtaining a governance position with USAT
    • USAT Ambassador Program (hosting or participating)
    • Hosting a USAT Official's Clinic

    USA Triathlon Support Requirements

    The following are some examples of items that meet the USAT Support Requirement.

    • Race Director Committee service
    • USAT Task Force or Committee
    • National Championship key support role
    • Regional or National Board

    Please email Todd Brewer with questions about a specific activity that is not listed above as many will qualify!

    Mentoring Program Requirements

    Participation in a mentoring relationship is a requirement of the Certification program. Based on the participant's experience level this can either be as a mentor or by being mentored by someone else. The intent of this requirement is twofold; to provide new race directors with an opportunity for hands-on learning and for experienced directors to pass their knowledge on.


    The password for the Level 2 Race Director Certification Exam can be obtained by emailing Todd Brewer. It will include experiential and scenario-based essay questions and must be submitted with the Level 2 Certification packet.

    Certification Expiration Dates

    Certified in 2016, expiration 12/31/2018 and 15 CEUs required
    Certified in 2017, expiration 12/31/2019 and 15 CEUs required
    Certified in 2018, expiration 12/31/2020 and 15 CEUs required

    Recertification must be submitted before December 31 of the calendar year in which your certification expires.

    Level 2 Certification criteria must be received by December 31 of the calendar year in which certification expires.

    2018 Late Recertification Policy

    Race directors shall base there late recertification on the following dates:

    • Completed Packets Postmarked January 1 - March 31: A $50 late fee is required to be reinstated as current. Certification is not extended, original expiration dates are used.
    • Completed Packets Postmarked April 1 - December 31: Race Director must retake the race director certification exam (I or II depending on the race director’s level) and pay a $100 exam processing fee. The certification exam retake is in addition to the regular CEU requirements (8 for Level I, 15 for Level II). The $50 late fee is required as well.
    • Completed Packets Postmarked after December 31: Race Director must retake the Level I or II Clinic and corresponding exam to be reinstated as current.


    • Recertification Due: 12/31/18
      • Materials Complete by 12/31/18: Current Through 12/31/20
      • Materials Complete on 1/1/19 - 3/31/19: $50 Late Fee Required; Current Through 12/31/20  
      • Materials Complete on 4/1/19 through 12/31/19: $50 Late Fee,  Level I or II Exam Required with $100 Exam Processing Fee; Current Through 12/31/20
      • Materials Complete 1/1/20 or later: Race Director must retake the Level I or II Clinic and Exam to be reinstated as current.