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Become an Official

There are many benefits to becoming an official for interscholastic athletics. You are making a difference in the lives of students everywhere, encouraging exercise through competition, and establishing life long fundamentals of fairness. The job is not for the faint of heart. It challenges you athletically, requires cool and decisive thinking, and means "sticking to your guns", but the rewards are great.

What do I do to become an official?

The following steps can get you started...

  1. Read up on some Frequently Asked Questions
    There are a few things you may need to know about officiating sports in Pennsylvania. This guide will fill you in on the details.
  2. Fill out the downloadable Application Form
    Download the application form and print it out. Fill in the blanks to tell us a bit about yourself. This requires the Adobe Acrobat Viewer.
  3. Mail us your application with a $30 check
    Mail the application with a $30.00 non-refundable application fee to:
    PIAA
    550 Gettysburg Road
    P.O. Box 2008
    Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-0708
  4. Read up on Rules of Competition
    Before you take the test, you may want to freshen up on the sports you wish to officiate.
  5. Pass the PIAA Officials' Examination
    We test your knowledge to make sure you know the rules! Be sure to click above to get a list of tests around the state that you can attend.