Officials Information -
Becoming an Official
Officials are an important part of every ski race – Alpine or Nordic. They help the athletes register, run the timing, make sure the rules of the race are followed, and finish up with awards and making sure the race results get in the right hands at the completion of an event. Officials ensure the events are run safely and in the spirit of fair and fun competition.
Official Certification is overseen nationally by the US Ski and Snowboard Alpine and Nordic Officials Working Group. This group works closely with FIS to ensure that rules of competition have consistency and are age appropriate as athletes move through the ranks. PNW handles Officials Training and Testing each fall based on nationally established guidelines.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Official Certifications offered:
Technical Delegate Referee Jury Adviser
Chief of Race Chief of Course Race Administration
Timing and Calculations
Certified Alpine Officials Must attend an Update Clinic every 2 years to maintain certification
The Technical Delegate is the only member of a Nordic race crew who attains certification.
A Nordic Technical Delegate can attain 3 levels of certification:
Level I – In Training
Level II – National TD
Level III – FIS TD
Requirements for Becoming an official
- Become a US Ski and Snowboard Member with an Officials License
- Take a certification clinic
- Take the test
- Work a race in your chosen officials area
- Attend an Update Clinic every 2 years to maintain certification