Certification & Recertification:
Referee/Assignor Certification & Risk Management
Register at www.michiganrefs.org. Click on the "CLASSES" then on the class required. The required class may be taken at any scheduled site in the state of Michigan. Times, dates and sites will be listed by geographical area. Requirments for recertification are also listed as a reminder. You are also encouraged to go to www.gvsoa.org for additional date/time/site information for the Grand Rapids and Lakeshore areas (as well as Fremont and near areas). Typically, Grand Rapids has scheduled a grade 9 recertification class. Contact John Corbett or Mike Wint for addtional information. Both are on the "CONTACT US" page.
"Certification classes" usually are scheduled in January and February. These are the grade 9 class for those not currently certified with USSF, and the grade 8 class (the bridge class) to move from grade 9 to grade 8. Registration for class and payment is on-line at www.michiganrefs.org. Attendance for the entire class time is mandatory.
IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR THE BRIDGE CLASS, THE GRADE 9 REFEREE MUST BE AT LEAST 14 YEARS OLD AS OF JANUARY 1, IN THE YEAR THE BRIDGE CLASS IS OFFERED.
"Recertification classes" are usually scheduled in November and December, following the conclusion of the fall soccer season. Referees MUST register for class and pay on-line at www.michiganreferee.org each fall. The referee must be present for the full class period. The referee remains at the same referee grade. The exam is taken on-line, and should be passed PRIOR TO the class. The referee may take the exam as many times as needed to pass. Arrive prepared. If the exam is not passed prior to class, attend the class. Bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope and give it to the instructor. When the instructor receives confirmation that the exam was passed, the badge will be mailed in the provided envelope.
Upgrade information is on the "Upgrade" tab above, and at www.michiganrefs.org -> tools -> upgrading.
To be eligible for game assignments in the Grand Valley Soccer Association, State Cup, Midwest Regional League, and the MSPSL, the referee must be currently certified by the USSF. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR GVSA ASSIGNMENTS, Referees must be a members in good standing of the Grand Valley Soccer Officials Association (GVSOA). A membership application is on the "About Us" tab above, following the statement.
The certification and recertification of assignors is scheduled in the same manner as the referees, but is held in late winter/early spring. Go to www.michiganrefs.org. Register for a class and pay on-line. People certifying must attend the class in person. Those recertifying MAY have an option to do so via a teleconference. Each class is held only on one day, and lasts four hours. Those certifying must attend the first half (for the new people) and the second half (with those recertifying). Those recertifying via class only need to attend the second half of the class. To be certified/recertified you must be present for your full class time.
Assignors for GVSA clubs must be members in good standing of the Grand Valley Soccer Officials Association. GVSOA assigns/re-assigns assignors to clubs. A list of assignors and their clubs are on the "CONTACT US" tab. A membership application is on the "About Us" tab above, following the statement.
Kid Safe and Risk Management
In the upper-right corner of the coach's ID card is the word "KIDSAFE". Underneath it is the date the card was issued. IT IS NOT THE EXPIRATION DATE OF THE RISK MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION. In order to determine the expiration date add 2 years to the date printed. For example: a date of 9-18-11 is the date the card was issued. The expiration date is really 9-18-13. (The RM card is valid for 2 years from the date of issue. That is why you must add 2 years to the printed date.)
Part of the certification/recertification procedure for referees, assignors, instructors and assessors with USSF is to pass a background check (risk management). When you apply to recertify or certify, the background check is automatically performed. If there is no problem when you apply, you take the tests, pass the tests, attend the class, and your USSF ID card is sent to you. If there is a problem, the system will not let you complete the registration procedure. YOU MUST CONTACT CARLOS FOLINO FOR ASSISTANCE/REVIEW.
High School and College Referees
To certify and recertify, go to www.mhsaa.com or www.nisoa.com respectively. You should also contact the West Michigan Soccer Officials Association (www.wmsoa.org). WMSOA is an approved association for high school and college referee training/testing. WMSOA membership in good standing is one of the requirements to be eligible for high school and college game assignments.