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Officials Certification Process

Types of Officials
  • Ready Line Official (RLO)
  • Time and Penalties Official (TPO)
  • Head Contest Official (HCO) Certification as a Head Contest Official (HCO) is NOT available to new Officials as you must be certified and have been hired as TPO before you become eligible for certification as an HCO.
Components of Officials Certification

To prepare individuals as officials, we have developed a program that includes five separate components:

  • Classroom: Classroom instruction is offered primarily at the annual Fall Conference.
  • Practicum:  
    • RLO and TPO’s Practicum requirements are consider fulfilled when you have trained as an RLO or TPO.  On-site Practicum(s) will be assigned based on your availability, as well as contest availability. 
    • HCO’s:  Practicum requirements include onsite training with a certified HCO in every category and division for a full contest day.

While it is our goal to have you complete the practicum(s) in the timeliest manner possible, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to train in all divisions/categories as some contests only offer high school dance while others offer youth, flag and more condensed collegiate competition.  Additional practicum time may be required for those in need of additional training and will be determined on a case by case basis by the Head of Officials.

  • Online: TDI Knowledge Assessment: Officials must pass the Knowledge Assessment with a score of 80% or higher
  • Mentoring: Mentoring will be assigned based on both your availability, as well as contest availability. Mentor with a certified RLO for half a day. Mentor with a certified TPO for half a day
  • Internships: Internship involves being a paid judge (at partial pay base) for at least half of a contest day.
  • Continuing Ed: Once certified, we offer opportunities for continuing education and professional development. 

Levels of Officials Certification

  • Student Officials:  Students have either no officiating experience or who have officiated experience in other circuits, but have not been certified in the TDI method. ALL new Officials are expected to certify in the RLO position first and then can move to the TPO position next if they choose. Completion of classroom, practicum, mentoring, and internships is required. Academy may determine "testing out" of one or more requirements for those with extensive officials experience from other circuits.
  • Certified RLO and TPO:  Has passed certification requirement to become a certified  Ready Line Official (RLO) or Time & Penalty Official (TPO)
  • Certified HCO: To achieve Head Contest Official (HCO) certification, you must have been a certified RLO and TPO and have been hired as a TPO previously, and must have completed the requirements for HCO certification and been approved.
  • Officials Instructor: An Officials Master Instructor is an official who has been designated by the Academy as having demonstrated best practices as a TDI Official, as well as in instructional methods. Through their experiences as mentors, officials, and instructors they have demonstrated their abilities to successfully instruct others in all areas (RLO/TPO/HCO).

 4 Officials

  • Head Contest Official (HCO)
  • Time and Penalty Official (TPO)
  • Ready Line Official (RLO)
  • Tabulation Official (TAB)

Levels are designated by the Academy based on your previous experience and education within the TDI system. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Butikofer, Head of Officials at dana@teamdanceillinois.org

Tabulator Certification Process 

Components of Tabulator Certification 

To prepare individuals as tabulators, we have developed a program that includes two components:

  • Classroom: Classroom instruction is offered primarily at the Fall Conference.
  • Practicum: On-site training with a certified Tabulation Official for a full-day that must include the start and end of contest. Additional practicum time may be required for those in needs of additional training and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Tabulation Trainers.

Levels of Tabulator Certification

  • Student Tabulator: Student who have no tabulating experience in the TDI tabulation program. Our goal is to have a team of highly qualified tabulators available for hire. Completion of classroom and practicum is required.  Additional practicum time may be required for those in needs of additional training and will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Tabulation Trainers
  • Certified Tabulator: Has passed certification requirement to become a Certified Tabulator
  • Tabulator Instructor: A tabulator Instructor is a Certified Tabulator who has been designated by the Academy as having demonstrated best practices as a TDI Tabulator, as well as in instructional methods. Through their experiences as mentors, tabulators and instructors they have demonstrated their abilities to successfully instruct others in all areas of tabulation.

New information for the 2012 program will be posted here in August of 2012.  The information presented in these tabs is from the 2011 Fall Conference and serves as a reference.

Levels are designated by the Academy based on your previous experience and education within the TDI system. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Butikofer, Head of Officials at dana@teamdanceillinois.org

 

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