USA Cycling Officials' Continuing Education Program

  
  


Beginning in 2014, USA Cycling will be implementing a mandatory education program for all officials. This new education program will be rolled out in a tiered process, allowing members to aclimitize themselves to the process.

Purpose and Goals.
  1. To assure that all working race officials are current on USA Cycling (USAC) Rules, policies, and procedures.
  2. To enhance officiating skills within the corps of officials.
  3. To assure national uniformity in the application of USAC rules, policies and procedures.
  4. To increase the level of professionalism within the corps of officials.
Application and Effective Date.
This continuing education (“CE”) program shall be mandatory for all USAC licensed officials, effective immediately.

Minimum CE Requirements.
The minimum CE requirements imposed on officials’ increases during the initial three years of the program to allow development of the necessary programmatic materials and supporting infrastructure to successfully administrate the CE program. The initial requirements are:
  1. 2014. To renew a USAC Official’s license in 2014 and beyond, the renewing official must have attended the annual seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies.  This course will be offered by way of a local meeting in most areas. For the renewing official who is unable to attend a local meeting, the same program will be offered on-line.
  2. 2015. To renew a USAC Official’s license in 2015, the renewing official must have attended the annual seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies, and must have completed at least one (1) additional hour of continuing education.
  3. 2016 and Subsequent Years. To renew a USAC Official’s license in 2016 and any subsequent year, the renewing official must have attended the annual seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies.  In addition, each renewing official must have completed at least three (3) additional hours of continuing education before renewal. One of these additional hours can be certified self-study.
 
Officials Catagories
All members holding an Officials License shall be subject to the minimum requirements with the following exceptions:
 
Level C Officials. Level C officials shall only be required to complete the annual  seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies in order to fulfill their continuing education requirement.
 
Annual Seminar on New Rules, Procedures, and Policies.
There will be an annual program created each year addressing rule changes, new or modified procedures applicable to officials, and any new policies affecting officials or officiating.

This program will be developed and updated annually by USAC staff. The program outline, script, lesson plan, and any accompanying materials such as a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and other program materials, will be made available to the RTCs, Regional Coordinators (RCs) and Local Associations (LAs) as early as practical.  The program will be presented in as many localities at local officials’ meetings as possible. The program will also be available on the USAC website for any official unable to attend a local meeting at which the program is presented.

Subject to logical and necessary variation from year to year, the program will be approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour in length.

Annual completion of this program is mandatory for all officials.
 
Development of Program Materials and Infrastructure.
Responsibility for program development shall be with USAC staff.
 
Presentation of Program Materials.
Program materials and seminars will be presented in two manners.

First, they will be made available to designated instructors selected by the RTC and approved by the NTC and Technical Director. These instructors will present seminars at selected locations within their respective Regions.

Second, sufficient seminars to fulfill the CE requirement will be made available without charge to any licensed official via the USAC website.  The attendance of the individual officials will be recorded by the website.

Continuing Development of Program Materials.
The continued development of program materials shall be the responsibility of USAC staff.

Certified Self Study.
Certified self study consists of any activity relating to the duties and obligations of a licensed official reasonably calculated to improve or enhance the individual official’s officiating skills.
 
Additional Ways to Satisfy Requirements.
Continuing education credits may be obtained in several manners other than attendance at USAC or UCI in-person seminars or through webinars.
  • These include by way of example: attendance at corporate or employer sponsored programs, or programs of professional societies or association which are directly relevant to officiating such as programs on elimination of bias, or management and supervision of difficult employees; attendance at programs presented by other sports officiating entities, such as a Little League or Pop Warner referees program on dealing with difficult parents; or a red cross or other program granting a certificate in CPR or First Aid.
  • Full continuing education credit will be given for service on any UCI or USAC board, commission, or committee, including a RTC, or functioning as a local assigner.
  • Continuing education credit will be given for attendance at any “officials summit” conducted by USAC. This full credit will satisfy an official’s continuing education requirement for both the year of attendance and the following calendar year.
  • Continuing education credit will be given for attendance at any upgrade clinic or seminar conducted by USAC. Passing the course and upgrading will satisfy the official’s continuing education requirement for both the year of attendance and the  following calendar year.
  • Continuing education credit will be given for successfully completing and upgrading via on-line modules. This upgrade will satisfy the official’s continuing education requirement for both the year of completing of the modules and upgrading and the  following calendar year.
  • Full continuing education credit will be given for teaching a USAC seminar, developing a USAC continuing education program, or authoring any published work on an officiating-related topic published in a journal or magazine of general circulation to sports officials.

Selection of Instructors.
Instructors may be nominated by an LA, by a RC, or by any member of the RTC or NTC. Instructors must be A level or above and must be approved by the RTC and the Technical Director or NTC and TD. An instructor must have demonstrated a detailed understanding of the subject upon which they will conduct a seminar. Instructors will follow the lesson plan or outline provided for the seminar, subject, of course, to natural deviations generated by student questions and/or class discussion.
 

Officials Continuing Education Frequently Asked Questions
 
The intent of this program is to make the material readily available for little to no cost.  The official will be required to cover costs associated with travel to any seminars.  The web-based material necessary to fulfill an annual requirement will be available for no cost to licensed officials.  Of course there may be a cost associated to certain programs, but it is possible to complete all program requirements at essentially no out-of-pocket expense.
No, you have the choice of what program(s) you want take.  You can tailor your continuing education to meet your specific needs.
Yes, if there is a reasonable time period between the courses.  No credit will be given for the material or same course year after year, but credit for the same course a few years later will be accepted.
  1. 2014.  To renew your license in 2014 and beyond, you must have attended the annual one-hour seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies.  This course will be offered by way of a local meeting in most areas.  If you are unable to attend your local meeting, the same program will be offered on-line.
  2. 2015.  If you are category B or above, to renew your license in 2015, you must have attended an annual one-hour seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies.  In addition, you will be required to have completed at least one (1) additional hour of continuing education before renewal.
  3. 2016 and Subsequent Years. If you are category B or above, to renew your license in 2016 and beyond, you must have attended an annual one-hour seminar on new rules, procedures, and policies.  In addition, you will be required to have completed at least three (3) additional hours of continuing education before renewal.  One of these additional hours can be certified self-study.
Your basic introductory (category C) course is your education for your first year of officiating.  When you renew for the first time, you will be required to attended the annual new rules seminar.  Completion of the annual rules seminar is the only CE requirement for as long as you remain a category C official.
The requirement increases as we develop programs, materials and train instructors. 
Almost anything that relates to officiating and skills needed for officiating.  These include, but are not strictly limited to, programs offered by other sports sanctioning bodies that directly relate to general officiating skills, programs offered by a corporate employer that are related to the skill and professionalism of you as a cycling official.  Examples include a Little League or Pop Warner seminar on handling difficult parents; an NASO seminar on professionalism in officiating; a corporate employers program on managing difficult employees, or elimination of bias; or a Red Cross program on CPR or First Aid.  To be certain the program you intend to attend will qualify, contact the Technical Director before the start of the program.
You will not be issued an Officials license and will not be given any officiating assignments until you are in compliance with the policy.  However, there is a body of materials available for study and compliance.
No.  As general rule, the more senior officials won’t be going to the introductory programs.  All officials must complete the annual seminar on new rules, policies, and procedures. 
Yes, attending and successfully completing an upgrade seminar with promotion to any new category will fulfill your CE requirements for the year of attendance/upgrade and for the following year, except for the annual new rules requirement.  You must upgrade in order for the upgrade classes to count toward CE.
Yes.  Just as with a formal class upgrade, upgrade through approved modules will fulfill your continuing education requirement for the year of actual promotion and the subsequent year.
Yes, attending a national officials’ summit will fulfill your Continuing Education requirements for the year of attendance and for the following year,  except for the annual new rules requirement.
An hour of CE is considered to be contact time of approximately one hour in an approved USAC seminar.  Self-study must be continued throughout the year and will count for a maximum of one hour. 
An official is allowed to count one hour per year for self-study as approved by USAC staff. 
No, except in the case of an official attending the ‘USAC Officials Summit’ or upgrading in category.  In both of these cases, the official will be exempt from CE requirements for the year following attendance or upgrading.  However, they are still required to meet the annual rules seminar requirement.


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