Officials Certification and Education Program (OCEP) Summary
The OSAA/OAOA Officials Certification and Education Program (OCEP) is designed to ensure that Oregon officials statewide are trained in a consistent and standardized manner. There are two components - the Principles of Officiating Course and Playoff Certification Clinics.
Principles of Officiating Course assists new officials in more general concepts such as officiating philosophy, conflict management, officiating ethics and personal development. Your association should conduct classes annually - check with your Commissioner. The complimentary NFHS Interscholastic Officiating Course is an alternative to the association course and can be accessed by clicking this link - Interscholastic Officiating Course.
Playoff Certification Clinics are sport specific covering rules, interpretations and mechanics. OAOA sponsors several certification clinics in all sports throughout the year. A listing of upcoming clinics is on the home page. Sport Committees can apply for non OAOA clinics to be approved using the Application for OCEP Clinic Approval form.
Idaho and Washington associations who service Oregon schools are exempt from OCEP as they must comply with their respective states' training and certification requirements. Soccer officials who have obtained USSF Level 8 certification have fulfilled this requirement and are exempt from the 5 year recertification requirement.
OSAA/OAOA OCEP Requirements
- Principles of Officiating: Within their first three years of officiating new officials must complete a course or clinic approved by the OAOA Executive Board on basic Principles of Officiating or complete the NFHS Interscholastic Officiating Course which can be accessed by clicking this link - NFHS Interscholastic Course. This requirement does not apply to officials certified by the OSAA in 2005-06 or prior; or any transfer official previously licensed or certified by a State High School governing body. Each local association should annually conduct certifying Principles Classes. Click Here for course delivery instructions and course materials.
- Playoff Certification: To officiate any OSAA State Championship or Playoff event the official meet the following requirements (click here for OSAA specifics):
- 3 years of varsity experience.
- OCEP Principles of Officiating certified.
- OCEP Playoff certified.
- score 90 or better on the NFHS Rules test.
- Playoff Five Year Recertification Requirement:
Beginning with school year 2011-12 officials must recertify by attending an OCEP Playoff Certification Clinic every five years. If you were certified prior to 2011-12, your 5 year period starts over again effective 2011-12.
Your new 5 year deadline is July 2016.
OCEP Status Check: To determine your OCEP certification status and expiration date simply go to the OAOA website at http://www.oreofficials.org/ocep.php and click on your sport.
OSAA Gold Card Available
Officials completing either the Principles or Playoff requirements can purchase an OSAA Gold Card allowing free admission to all OSAA Championship/playoff events (not regular season) at the same price as OSAA offers to certified coaches – currently $15.