Background Check

Effective January 1, 2014, the 3 steps outlined below must be fulfilled to be eligible to serve as a USTA Certified Official (“Applicant”). In an effort to protect all competitors, this procedure is now mandatory in most sports for all officials and for all of those who assist the athletes in competition.

Step 1:  Complete the online training module ( A detailed description regarding the training module can be found here:   You will be prompted to create an account. Depending on your knowledge and skill-set, the training will take you 90 to120 minutes to complete if you take the full version or 30 to 60 minutes for the condensed version. If you are unable to complete the training in one session, you can return and continue using the account you created.  YOU CAN COMPLETE THIS STEP AT ANY TIME BEFORE SUBMITTING TO A BACKGROUND CHECK IN AFTER OCTOBER 1, 2014.


Step 2: Review the USTA’s definitions of prohibited conduct and its procedures for reporting and responding.


Step 3Complete Your Background Screen Application.

The biennial background screening needs to be completed between October 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. At that time,  in order to submit the application, you will be required to certify and affirm that you have successfully completed (1) and (2) above.  The USTA has retained the services of an independent third party, the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), to conduct background screens of all Applicants. Please begin your background screen through NCSI:


a)       Once you have submitted your background screen information, results will be generated in approximately 10 business days.  Please be sure to add to your accepted email domain list. Watch for an email from in the days following your application; this will also contain your NCSI Applicant ID number which can be used to check the status of your application on NCSI’s website.

b)       NCSI may contact you within the 10 business day waiting period to request more information. You can confirm the legitimacy of the request by checking your status on NCSI’s website using the Applicant ID number; your status will note the same request for information. Please watch for communications from NCSI as these emails may end up  in your “spam” folder.

c)       When your screen is complete you will receive either a green or red light, based on the results of your application and the USTA’s criteria. If you receive a green light, you will be listed on the results page of If you received a red light, you will be notified by NCSI of your status, and you will not be eligible to be certified by the USTA or provide services for the USTA.


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For all questions related to the background screen system, please contact: The National Center for Safety Initiatives

Phone: (866) 833-7100


For all policy-related questions, please contact: United States Tennis Association