Club Judge Program

Club Judge Program

Club Judge Certification is for those individuals who seek to judge primarily at their own club and would like to have a stronger and more consistent rules knowledge. For further information, please refer to the Judge Qualifications found in Chapter 12 of The Judges Manual for 2013 – 2016.

Online Testing is a required part of all US Sailing judge courses. Anyone who takes a Club Judge course will receive credentials to take the online test. Initial certification involves a seminar and a test on The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). A practice test is available online. Judges Practice Test

Online Certification Forms
Applications for Club Judge must be completed online using the Apply to Be a Judge form. Initial certification involves a seminar and a test on The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). Renewal applications should use the same form.


New guidelines have been developed to create a corps of instructors for the Club Judge Program. The Club Judge Program Director (CJPD) will be responsible for the overall program of instructors, seminars and testing. Each Regional Area Judges (RAJ) will work closely with the instructors and the Program Director to establish Club Judge Seminars.

The Club Judge Program has been designed to support the education of Club Judges and Judges-in-Training within any given club or small area. Hosts for these seminars must be US Sailing member clubs or organizations and can request to host a seminar with the approval of the RAJ and the CJPD.

An instructor should be a US Sailing National Judge or a World Sailing International Judge (although an exception to this can be applied for) who is known as a person with leadership qualities and established teaching skills. Club Judge Instructor Guidelines provide additional information.  To apply, please fill out this online form. Please Note: Advanced Judge Seminar Instructors are certified by the Judges Education Training and Testing Subcommittee (JETTS) by invitation only.


Although everyone who seeks to become a judge either at the club level or higher would be in training as an official, US Sailing considers that those who have attended a seminar and taken the test to be truly Judges-in-Training (JIT).

Anyone who is interested in this learning path should contact their RAJ for a more detailed look at our program.

JIT names will be added to our data base to be available on the website’s “Find a Judge” report as persons actively working to become certified. Clubs seeking more experienced judges should use Find a Judge for JITs and Certified Judges.

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