As you all know, USA Powerlifting is run primarily by volunteers. Judging is one of the areas that we, as an organization, cannot do without. While the current core group of referees has always done a great job and gone above-and-beyond the call of duty to volunteer their time at our Local, State, Regional and National Meets, it is a large burden for so few to always carry, particularly in light of our unprecedented growth as an organization over the past couple of years.  

We are looking for interested members who will be committed to helping out at meets more than just once a year as the key to feeling confident on the platform is practice.

Our organization prides itself on fair and consistent judging. It is not enough to have the appropriate rules and procedures written in a rulebook. Those rules (all rules – the major ones AND the seemingly insignificant ones) must be applied in a consistent, fair, objective, and professional manner.

If you have an interest in becoming a Referee, the minimum requirements and certification process are as follows:

1. Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years of age. Candidates must be current members of USA Powerlifting.  (Current Membership Cards must be presented to the State Chair prior to test administration.)

2. Candidates must have approval of their State Chairman to take the test.

3. Candidates must be actively involved in the sport of powerlifting for a minimum time period of one year in one of the following capacities: Athlete, Meet Volunteer or Coach.

4. Candidates must pass the written and practical section of the state referee test. A minimum score of 80% is required on the written test and 90% on the practical portion of the test.   

The written exam consists of a 100 question open-book, online exam with questions covering the   USAPL-Rulebook-Version 2021.1 revised April 2021  and a practical exam in which you will sit with a National or higher level Referee during a meet and adjudicate 100 attempts (40 squats, 30 bench press and 30 deadlifts).

You should read the rulebook completely before taking the test. Although it is an open book test the 2 hours passes by quickly when you are hunting for each answer.  To pass the exam, the candidate must score at least 80% on the written portion and 90% on the practical portion.

5. Once you have passed both the written and practical portions of the test you will need to complete SafeSport training. This takes about 1.5 hours.   Upload your certificate to the national office.  

6. Lastly,  complete the Verified Volunteers background check.  

Congratulations, your credentials will be sent to you shortly!   You can find the referee polo at  USA Powerlifting E-Store – Referee Polos and you will need tan slacks and black shoes to complete the State Referee uniform.

When necessary, retest arrangements may be made after a minimum of six weeks following the previous test date.

Apply – 

Please fill out the application and submit it.   Application Form – Referee Test  

Questions, contact Rodney & Miryam Elm

Becoming a referee is a great way to give back to the sport and gain a wealth of knowledge. Your participation is much appreciated.  Thank you for your support of USA Powerlifting, Arizona.