2018 Re-certification has closed. Appeals for re-certification closed Feb. 1, 2018. This page will be updated for 2019 Re-certification in Sept. 2019.

Thank you, 

The USTA Officiating Team

Tennis officials receive annual certification at various levels through a combination of training, testing and work experience. The USTA is responsible for certifying tennis officials.  The 2017 re-certification process is described below. New officials, please view our New Officials Pathway  or the USTA Officials website to learn more.

2017 Recertification

The annual re-certification time is upon us!  This will be the last year this process will be completed thru Nucula and the first year that classes and tests will be given online only.  Below is important information and steps we all must take to ensure our 2016 certifications rollover properly at year end:
1). Complete the following webinar classes through the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center:

  • Introduction to Officiating
  • Rules and Regulations 1, 2 & 3
  • Level One Roving Umpire and Referee courses will be released in June for any one wanting to retain or become certified in those disciplines.

Webinars must be completed by October 1st. More information on the Online Learning Center can be found below.

2). Review your 2016 work record in Nucula:  Ensure all of the events you work up to November 15th, 2016 are entered.  If you applied and were hired to work an event thru Nucula, thosework records should already be in your work history.  Please take a moment to check if the days worked are accurate and each work record is complete.  Confirm the USTA school(s) you attended are reflected.  If you do not know how to add work records, instructions can be found at the bottom of this email.

Only enter events you work up to November 15th, 2016.  Do not enter events you are planning to work after November 15th and before the end of the year.  If you work an event after November 15th that makes a difference in your certification level for 2017, you will need to file an appeal on January 1st to get your certification change.  This is by request of Sandi Pardon, our National Chairman of Officials.

3). Vision Forms:   All on court officials (excluding provisional officials) must complete and submit a Vision Form to the USTA by December 1st 2016.  If you do not submit your Vision form by the deadline, you will not be certified in 2017.  Visions forms can be found here and on the Nucula home page.   If you are an ITF Official, you may send the USTA the ITF Eye Test Form in place of the Vision Form.

4). All officials must click on the Re-certification Request on your certification screen in Nucula by  November 15th.  As shown in the example below, the Re-certification Request is directly above Current Certifications. 


Thank you in advance for your cooperation and attention in completing your Re-certification Request by the deadline.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Anne Burrell-Smith (anneburrellsmith@gmail.com)

Entering a manual work record (MWR):

1)      log on to Nucula

2)      click New MWR

3)     Fields denoted with a red “†” are required and a value must be entered.

4)      Each event should have a separate MWR.  Make sure the days relate with the specific function you performed.  For example if you roved 3 days, be sure the 3 is under rover days, not line days, etc.

5)      The type refers to either Professional Event – lines or chairs, ITA – rover or chairs, or the sanctioning for your tournament event – National, Sectional, Other (High School, Charity event

6)   Once all the info is entered, click on ADD WORK RECORD

About the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center

  • Click here to access the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center.
    • We recommend you bookmark the web address: http://lrc.learn.com/ustaofficiating
    • The videos in the courses are currently not compatible with Mozilla Firefox. The courses will work on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari.
  • Click here for the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center User Guide.
  • Every official or potential official will create a log-in for the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center when they first arrive at the site using their email address and selecting a password.
    • If you already have a LRC account with the USTA, please email ustalrc@usta.com to activate your account.
  • Once they are logged in, the Official can visit the Officiating Disciplines page to select which Discipline’s Learning Plan they want to add to their account.
    • Officials should choose the learning plan(s) that coincide with certification(s). Those who are not yet certified should choose “Getting Started”.
    • Each Discipline’s Learning Plan is comprised of courses that need to be completed.
    • Most courses have a 20 question assessment at the end, which must be completed at 90% to successfully pass the course.
      • Users can take the assessment as many times as needed to pass.
  • The deadline for completing these courses and their assessments is October 1, 2016.

If you have any questions about the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center, please email officiating@usta.com. If you have any technical issues, please email ustalrc@usta.com.


The USTA Officiating Team

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