Certification Requirements

The table below shows the 2013 requirements for each certification and what is necessary to move to a new certification.
The table is available for download as a PDF document in the Files section at the bottom of the page.

Current
Certification

To Move to
New
Certification

Work Requirement

USTA

School
&
Tests

Evaluations

Provisional Umpires

Provisional
Umpire

Sectional
Umpire

Work 5 days as a rover, line or chair umpire. Pass the USTA Official's test.

USTA

Sectional
Chairman

None

Provisional
ITA

ITA
Official

Officiate 5 days or more at ITA events as a rover, chair umpire or referee.

USTA
&
ITA

Sectional
Chairman

None

Roving Umpires

Sectional Umpire

USTA
Roving
Umpire

Served as a Roving Umpire for at least 15 days, and attend a Referee school

USTA
&
Referee

Sectional
Chairman

None

Line Umpires

Sectional
Umpire

USTA
Line

Work 10 days work as a Line Umpire

USTA

Sectional Chairman

Line evaluations average of 2.7 or above from Sectional or National TE's.

USTA
Line

National
Line

Officiate 20 days as a Line Umpire at USTA National Championships, Intercollegiate National Championships, ITF International Championships, or professional tournament with prize money of at least $10k. At least 10 days shall be at USTA, ITF, ATP or WTA tournament with prize money of at least $50k. Been certified at USTA Line or higher within the previous two years

USTA

Sectional
&
National
Chairmen

Receive a minimum of 3 evaluations of 3.8 or higher (at least one on baseline), from 2 different National TE's. Not more than 10 percent below average (3.2 or below) evaluations. With fewer than 10 evaluations, 1 below average is permitted. Have an overall average of 3.65

National
Line

Professional
Line

Officiate 50 days as a Line Umpire in professional tournaments with prize money of at least $50k. 30 days shall be at USTA, ITF, ATP or WTA tournament with prize money of at least $150k. Been certified as National line or higher within the previous two years

Depends
on other
Certs

Sectional
&
National
Chairmen

Receive a minimum of 3 evaluations of 4.8 1 or higher on 2 baselines (or 1 base and 1 serve) and 1 on long lines from 2 different National TE's. Not more than 10 percent below average (4.2 or below) evaluations (with fewer than 10 evaluations, 1 below average is permitted). Have an overall average of 4.65. Have at least 1 evaluation on service line of 4.4 or higher
Chair Umpires

Provisional Umpire

Sectional
Chair

Chair 5 matches

USTA

Sectional
Chairman

None

Sectional Chair

USTA
Chair

Chair 10 matches

USTA

Sectional
Chairman

Average of 2.7 or above chair evaluation(s) from National or Sectional TE's

USTA
Chair

National Chair

Officiate 20 matches at USTA National Championships, Intercollegiate National Championships, ITF International Championships, or professional tournament with prize money of at least $10k. No more than 8 Matches shall have been Intercollegiate matches. Been certified as USTA Chair or higher within the previous two years

USTA

Sectional
&
National
Chairmen

Receive 2 evaluations of 3.7 or higher (1 of which must be 3.8 or higher) from 2 different National TE's. Not receive more than 1 evaluation of 3.2 or lower

National
Chair

Professional
Chair

Officiate 40 matches at professional tournaments with prize money of at least $50k. At least 25 shall be at USTA, ITF, ATP or WTA tournament with prize money of at least $150k. Been certified as National Chair or higher within the previous two years

Depends
on other
Certs

Sectional
&
National
Chairmen

Been certified at the National Level within the last 2 years.

Referees

Provisional
Umpire

Sectional
Referee

Serve as Referee or Deputy Referee for an entire tournament

USTA
&
Referee

Sectional
Chairman

Line evaluations average of 2.7 or above from Sectional or National TE's.

Sectional
Referee

USTA
Referee

Serve as Referee for 3 entire tournaments, one of which may have been as Deputy Referee

USTA
&
Referee

Sectional
Chairmen

None

USTA
Referee

National
Referee

Referee in 4 entire tournaments two of which shall have Championships, ITA National Championships or professional tournaments with prize money of at least $10k

USTA
&
Referee

Sectional
&
National
Chairmen

None

National
Referee

Professional
Referee

Referee in 5 tournaments all of which shall have been in USTA National Championships, ITF International Champion­ships, Intercollegiate National Championships or professional tournaments with prize money of at least $10k. At least 3 of these shall have prize money of at least $10k

Depends
on other
Certs

Sectional
& National
Chairmen

None

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Allan Thompson,
Nov 23, 2013, 7:59 AM
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