For certification specific questions: please contact Meg Weagley.
What are the benefits of becoming a certified RD?
Race Director Certification is the first step to receiving access to certain USA Triathlon Partner Programs and gathering the latest information on risk management, insurance, course development and USAT sanction compliance. Any race director can sanction an event with USA Triathlon. However, only certified race directors can demonstrate and provide proof of thorough training by USA Triathlon to local permitting agencies, medical and law enforcement personnel and our insurance company. In 2016, Certified RDs will enjoy a discount on sanction fees as well as being eligible to host regional championship and special qualifier events.Certified RDs also have access to a complimentary USAT membership during each year certified.
When will the next certification class be held?
Classes are held throughout the year, in different regions of the country. Registration, class locations and dates are posted on the Education page when they are confirmed and available.
Will becoming a certified race director have any effect on my sanctioned races?
Certified Race Directors have greater access to major USA Triathlon partner programs, lower sanction fees and the ability to bid on Championship status events. Athletes will also be able to recognize that you have training in race management and you will also be able to display the USA Triathlon Certified Race Director logo on your race materials and website.
Additionally, certified race directors can provide proof of thorough training by USA Triathlon to local permitting agencies, medical and law enforcement personnel and our insurance company.
What are the course hours for the program?
There will be approximately 16 hours of coursework to achieve certification. Download a sample of the full Race Director Certification Schedule.
Are there any Prerequisites to taking the certification course?
Yes. Race Directors who currently sanction events with USA Triathlon must be in full compliance with all sanction guidelines and pre- and post-race requirements before consideration for certification is allowed. Potential attendees who have not yet sanctioned an event with USA Triathlon will be expected to meet all requirements once they sanction an event and will be monitored for compliance along with all other certified race directors. USA Triathlon reserves the right to refuse attendance to a RD Certification class based on the above criteria.
What is the cost to attend?
The cost of the class is $450 plus online processing fees and includes all course materials. This cost includes snacks, beverages and all RD Certification materials necessary for the two-day course.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the Certification Program?
Nothing! Come with an open mind, a stack of business cards and be ready to listen and learn!
How long is my certification valid and will I have to be recertified later on?
Your original certification will be valid for two (2) years. After that point, there will be the option to proceed to either higher levels of certification or recertification - these levels will require further course work. Please visit our Level 2 and Recertification Overview page for more information on these requirements.
Will I have to take a test to get my certification?
Yes, there will be a take-home final exam; all the information you need to pass will have been provided to you over the course of the weekend and in the RD Certification Guide provided to you.
What is the refund/cancellation policy if I cannot make it to the clinic?
A full refund of the class fee ($450) will be issued outside of 5 weeks before the first day of the course.
A 50% refund of the class fee ($225) will be issued 3-5 weeks prior to the class.
A 25% refund of the class fee ($112.50) will be issued within 2-3 weeks of the class.
No refund will be offered if a cancellation occurs within 2 weeks of the class.
If USA Triathlon decides to cancel the class, a full refund will be issued.
Contact Meg Weagley with questions about this policy.
How do I get on the wait list for a class that has filled?
Email Meg Weagley to be added to the wait list. If a spot becomes available, people on the wait list will be contacted in the order they were added.