This page will give you a brief overview of the changes coming to certification for the 2013-2016 Olympiad.
New officials, certifying for the first time, will be grandfathered into the 2013-2016 Olympiad starting on January 1, 2012. Existing officials will first see the new requirements and process when they recertify for 2013-2016 starting November 1, 2012.
New officials will now start off at the Apprentice level. We've designed the Apprentice level so that new officials can spend time learning a number of events and being exposed to many different areas of track & field. We want to make sure that we're doing all we can going forward to train well rounded officials.
To better differentiate certain disciplines, we're going split a few disciplines off from the main system of certification levels. These disciplines will be certified using an indeterminate number of grades, customized for each discipline. In additional, these disciplines will have custom requirements for certification. The following disciplines will shift to the grade system starting with the 2013-2016 Olympiad:
Over the coming weeks we'll be putting out more information in an easy to read manner, but for now feel free to read through the certification documents below: