Referee and Technical Official Advancement Requirements

REFEREE TESTING APPLICATION 

Current Covid-19 Adjustments: The following adjustments are made to the requirements for testing for National, IWF Category 2, and IWF Category 1 Technical Officials for the year ending on December 31, 2021.

National Referee

  • WSO Referee for a minimum of 2 years prior to testing
  • Officiated at 5 competitions within the previous 3 calendar years prior to application.
  • Minimum sessions officiated i n the 3 years prior to testing i s 10.

IWF Category 2

In the 36 months prior to application:

  • Ranked as National Referee for a minimum of 36 months In the 24 months prior to application:
  • Minimum of 12 competitions worked inclusive of 8 USAW national competitions.
  • May use 2 of the postponed or canceled National events to reach the minimum of 8
    National Competitions.

IWF Category 1

In the 24 months prior to application:

  • Ranked as a Category 2 for a minimum of 24 months
  • Total of 6 competitions worked inclusive of 4 USAW national events.
  • May use 2 of the postponed or canceled national events to reach the minimum of 4 national competitions.

 

Weightlifting referees are classified into 4 categories:

1.USA Weightlifting Local (WSO) Referee: may referee at any USA Weightlifting sanctioned local competition and when (specified), USAW national competitions

To become a Local referee, one must:

  • Be a current USA Weightlifting member, 18 years or older. Results for those who attempt to take the online test without a USA Weightlifting membership will not be processed.
  • Other than the cost of USAW membership renewal, there are no costs or fees associated with becoming a USA Weightlifting Local (WSO) referee.
  • View the online clinic at: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Referees/Referee-Clinic-Video
  • Pass the online test. Instructions on how to access the test can be found at the end of the clinic.
  • If you do not pass the online test, there is a 30-day waiting period before it may be attempted a second time.
  • A USAW Local Referee license remains valid as long as the holder remains a current USAW member.

2. USA Weightlifting National Referee

A USAW National Referee may: officiate at any USA Weightlifting sanctioned local competition and all USAW national competitions.

To become a National Referee, one must:

  • Submit an USAW Referee Test Application to take the written and practical examinations.
  • Attend the online candidate rules seminar and pass the written test with a minimum score of 85%.
  • Attend a USAW national event for the practical test and pass with a minimum score of 90%.
  • USA Weightlifting background check i n good standing.
  • USA Weightlifting SafeSport education i n good standing

Upon successful completion of the above:

  • The National Office will issue a USA Weightlifting National Referee license and USA Weightlifting National Referee patch to the successful applicant.
  • Other than USAW membership renewal, there are no costs or fees associated with becoming a USA Weightlifting National Referee.
  • A USAW National Referee license remains valid as long as the holder maintains a current USAW membership.

3. International Weightlifting Federation Category 2 International Technical Official

An IWF Category 2 ITO may:

  • Officiate at all local USAW sanctioned events, international tournaments, regional games, and continental championships.

To become an IWF Category 2 Technical Official, one must:

  • Be a current member of USAW i n good standing.
  • Minimum of 5 years total experience as a referee, including at l east 36 months at National Referee ranking.
  • Within the 24 months prior to application, officiate at a minimum of 12 total competitions, 8 of which must be USAW national competitions.
  • Submit a USAW Referee Test Application to take the IWF Category 2 written and practical tests.
  • Attend the online candidate rules seminar and pass the written test with a minimum score of 85%.
  • Attend a USAW national event for the practical test and pass with a minimum score of 90%.
  • USA Weightlifting background check in good standing.
  • USA Weightlifting SafeSport education i n good standing.

Upon successful completion of the above:

  • The applicant must provide the payment for the cost of an IWF Category 2 ITO License to USAW. See the IWF rules for the current cost of an IWF Category 2 ITO License.
  • USAW will forward this payment to the IWF; and obtain an IWF Category 2 ITO License for the successful applicant.

4. International Weightlifting Federation Category 1 International Technical Official

An IWF Category 2 ITO may:

  • Officiate at all local USAW sanctioned events, international tournaments, regional games, and continental championships, World Championships, and the Olympic Games.

To become an IWF Category 1 Technical Official, one must:

  • Be a current USAW member i n good standing.
  • Minimum of two years as an IWF Category 2 Technical Official.
  • Within the 24 calendar months to the application, the applicant must have officiated at an minimum of 8 total competitions, 4 of which must be USAW national competitions.
  • Submit a USAW Referee Test Application to take the IWF Category 1 written and practical tests.
  • Attend the online candidate rules seminar and pass the written test with a minimum score of 90%.
  • Attend a USAW national event for the practical test and pass with a minimum score of 95%.
  • USA Weightlifting background check i n good standing.
  • USA Weightlifting SafeSport education i n good standing.

Upon successful completion of the above:

  • The applicant must provide payment for the cost of an IWF Category 1 ITO License to USAW. See the IWF rules for the current cost of an IWF Category 1 ITO License.
  • USAW will forward this payment to the IWF and obtain an IWF Category 1 ITO License for the successful applicant.
  • An IWF ITO License must be renewed with the IWF every Olympic period (four years).
  • See the IWF rules for current costs and fees for the renewal of an IWF Category 1 or IWF Category 2 ITO License.