There are many types of certifications that an Official can strive for, each requiring different levels of experience and knowledge.
An in-training referee has met all the requirements (membership, background screen, training, etc.) and is eligible to be assigned to matches in the Evergreen Region. This stage focuses on the development of basic refereeing and scorekeeping skills through match experience. A referee remains at this level until the Officials Chair determines they can advance (approximately 6-12 months).
The majority of Evergreen Region officials have reached and maintained this level of certification. A Provisional Referee has demonstrated and successfully applied volleyball rules and refereeing mechanics. This is a development level, but can be permanent if an individual chooses not to advance further.
After serving a minimum of one year as a Provisional Referee, one may begin working toward their Regional certification. A Regional Referee may officiate any match at any age level within the Region. A Regional Referee must have a working knowledge of volleyball rules and mechanics, have good reffing mechanics, be familiar with the USAV score sheet, know how to transition to the R2 position, show awareness in rotational faults and show back row awareness.
A Junior National Referee is certified to officiate any and all USA Volleyball-sanctioned junior competition in any of the 40 regions of USA Volleyball. This includes all USA Volleyball Junior National Championships. While reffing at a USA Volleyball-sanctioned junior competition, a Junior National Referee is qualified to wear the official USA Volleyball Junior National Referee patch on their officials uniform.
A National Referee is eligible to work at ALL USA Volleyball-sanctioned competitions, including the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships and the USA Volleyball Adult Open National Championships. A National-certified referee may wear the official USA Volleyball National Referee patch on their officials uniform at any USA-Volleyball.