Roller Derby Certification Program for Officials

Certification Structure

The Roller Derby Certification Program for Officials supports the training and recognition of performance for all flat track roller derby officials. This new system includes a new Recognized certification and three certification levels, corresponding to proven performance in officiating at different levels of gameplay:

  • Recognized
  • Level 1 – Other/Regulation Play
  • Level 2 – Regulation/Sanctioned Play
  • Level 3 – Sanctioned/Playoffs/Championships Play

To attain all levels of certification, officials must complete a set of online training courses and a test. For levels 1-3, officials must also prove their performance over a minimum number of games and provide peer assessments of their officiating. Game requirements may include sanctioned and regulation play in order to promote easier access to the certification system. Evaluations and feedback are not required, and may be submitted for Certified Officials only.

Legacy Officials

“Legacy” officials are officials who held certification under the old system have the opportunity to apply to the equivalent level in the current system. To apply for legacy certification, they must complete the required online courses in rules and risk management. Legacy officials have until May 15, 2019 to apply for certification under the new system.


The cost charged by the online learning system for access to coursework and tests, which is required for all levels and Legacy certification, is $30 US (payable in the WFTDA Learning Management System via PayPal). This fee is necessary to cover the cost of the online learning program and includes:

  • Online learning subscription for all courses for the certification level, for the duration of one’s certification level;
  • The appropriate online test for the certification level;
  • One certification patch, including worldwide shipping;
  • Once certification is achieved, access to membership forums.

Other benefits and courses may be added to the subscription in the future.

Dual-Certified Officials

Officials may pursue Skating and Non-Skating Official certification concurrently, and are not required to pay a second fee. Any course that is required for both tracks (such as “Rules” and “Risk Management”) only needs to be completed once. All positional classes and tests will need to be passed, and all game and peer review requirements met separately for each type of certification.

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