Class Types

Entry Grade 9
This is the Entry class. This class is for people that want to obtain Referee Certification for the first time. This class will qualify you as a Recreational Referee with a Grade 9. Grade 9 classes include 8 hours of instructions, usually over two days. ​Must be 11 years old to take this class.

The Entry class can also be taken by current Grade 9 referees that missed the November-December-January recertification window and wish to maintain their certification for the upcoming year.

Bridge Grade 8
The Bridge class is for grade 9 Referees who want to upgrade to grade 8. Referees must be certified for one season before registering for this class. This qualifies you to be a competitive Referee.   The Grade 8 class includes 8 hours of instructions, usually over two days. To take this class, Referees must be 14 years old. This class includes Recertification for the upcoming year.

The Bridge class is also for those referees that missed the November-December-January recertification window and wish to maintain their certification for the upcoming year.

​The Bridge class is also required to reinstate Referees that have not recently certified. Contact the Registrar for details.

This class is also for referees that were never USSF certified but have referee experience with other organizations (High School, AYSO or other). Please contact the Registrar to receive approval to take the Bridge class without taking an Entry class.

This class is also for those that wish a refresh of all the laws of the game and can be taken in lieu of a Recertification class.

Recertification Classes
These classes are required every year to maintain your current referee grade. This class is for for grade 9, 8 and 7 that wish to recertify for the following year at the same grade level. This class focuses on specific aspects of the game and provides updates to the Laws of the Game.  The class lasts 4 hours.

Note1: if you took a Summer class, you do not need to recertify until the end of the following year. In fact you should have received the following year’s badge.

Note2: Grade 9 will take a different recertification exam than grade 8 and 7.

Note3: in Mid-Michigan and Upper Michigan, all classes may last longer because they coincide with local referee meetings.

State Recertification Class
This class is only offered once a year usually in the first weekend of December. This class is 5 hours in one day.
It is for:
– State Referees grades 6 and 5 that wish to recertify at the same grade level
– for State Referees grade 6 that wish to upgrade to grade 5
– for Referees grade 8 that wish to upgrade to 7
– for Referees grade 7 that wish to upgrade to State Referee grade 6.

Note: to upgrade to grades 7, 6 and 5 you must apply before March 15 of the same year – see Upgrading