Become an Official


Licensing Process

  • Licensing for the 2019-20 school year is now open.
  • 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.
  • Once you are licensed you should contact your local high school athletic director and conference commissioner to let them know you are licensed with the WIAA and ready to be assigned contests.
  • 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
National Federation of State High School Associations - - Click Here

Note:  L0, L1, L2 and L3 officials will be allowed to advance two levels in classification per sport, per year, when credited for by completing a NFHS officials training video for the sport(s) official is licensed in. Official must meet all the criteria for the new level (maximum one clinic or video per sport/year). Note: Training video viewing does not eliminate the WIAA rules video requirement. L4, L5 and Master officials viewing a NFHS training video will be given credit for one varsity contest on their Schedule of Games. ALL criteria for advanced classification must be met.  See Pages 3-4 of the Guide for Officials (found on the Officials Center) for details regarding classification advancement requirement.

Organization Listings
Officials Advisory Committee
Officials Associations
Conference Commissioners