Become an Official


Licensing Process

  • Licensing for the 2019-20 school year is now open.
  • Licensing has closed for the 2018-19 school year. 
  • Submit the online licensing application and pay fees. To access the online application, go under the Officials and select Online Licensing. Note:  If you will be a high school student for the 2019-20 school year, you do not have to pay any licensing fees but you must license through your high school athletic director.
  • Once the application is received you will receive an email from the WIAA indicating that you need to complete the Authorization Form for a Background Check (there will be a link in the email to this form). If you completed the background check during the 2018-19 school year, you will not be required to completed one for 2019-20.  High school students are not required to completed the background check.
  • If a background check is needed, once the WIAA receives the background check results, the application will be processed. If no background check is needed, your application will be processed immediately.
  • Rules books and exam/video information will be sent about 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season.
  • Online rules exams and videos will be available on the WIAA website about 6-8 weeks prior to the start of the season.  In order to advance in classification, officials need to complete the exam by indicated date (and score the required percentage) and watch the rules video by indicated deadline date every year. In order to advance to L5 and Master officials need to have the required amount of varsity contests listed in their profile. 
  • A detailed description of all classification advancement requirements can be found in the Guide for Officials - click here to access the Guide.
  • An officials license is good from August 1 to July 31.  The renewal period for the next year starts May 1.  Renewal must be completed prior to the first Friday in June to avoid being charged a $30 late fee.
  • If there is an official's association in your area, it is highly recommend you join the association.
  • Officials are independent contractors and not employees of the WIAA or its member schools.

Licensing Information

Current and Former Members of the Armed Forces

The WIAA continues to offer individuals that have served or are still serving in the Armed Forces the opportunity to license as a WIAA sport official by waiving thebasic licensing fee and the sport fee for two years.

This offer is extended to those individuals that are licensing as a WIAA sport official for the first time or renewing their license for their second year. Please print the application below and send it to the address on the form along with some type of documentations verifying military service.

Military 2019-20 Licensing Application (printable copy) - for use only by individuals that have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and are licensing for their first or second year).


Thank you InCheck in joining our efforts to recruit current and former Armed Forces personnel to become involved in high school officiating by providing initial background checks at no cost. 



Guide for Officials
Supplemental Publications Order Form
Insurance Information

Training Resources
The National Association of Sports Officials -
NASO Referee Training Center - Click Here
NASO Association Advance Training Information for Officials Association - Click Here

Organization Listings
Officials Advisory Committee
Officials Associations
Conference Commissioners