Racing Officials Accreditation Program
Experience Criteria



FLAT RACING

(1) The minimum experience qualifications for Flat Racing Accreditation Level III (base level) are:
  • (a) At least 225 race days, within 10 years, of experience as a licensed racing official as defined by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, (i.e., steward, racing secretary, director of racing, assistant racing secretary, horse identifier, patrol judge, paddock judge, clerk of scales, starter, placing judge, official/regulatory veterinarian or other racing official as designated by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program). Graduates of the University of Louisville or University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in the Racetrack/Equine Industry Program shall receive credit for 100 days of experience and thus must complete only 125 additional days as a licensed racing official within 10 years. Participants in the ROAP Apprenticeship Program shall receive credit for up to 56 days of the apprentice program; or

  • (b) Experience in the pari-mutuel horse racing industry as a licensed trainer or jockey for (i) 5 years (average 200 starts per year for jockeys and 100 for trainers) and 150 days experience as a racing official; or (ii) 10 years (same starts requirements) and 100 days experience as a racing official; or (iii) 15 or more years (same starts requirements)and 50 days experience as a racing official or completion of the ROAP Apprenticeship Program.

  • If (a) or (b) is not applicable, a person may request (in writing) satisfaction of the minimum experience qualifications for Flat Racing Accreditation Level III pursuant to one or both of the following experience criteria and by providing documentation supporting that request.

  • (c) Presently employed as a Steward/Judge for a length of time in the opinion of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program to meet the requirements above; or

  • (d) Experience in the horse racing industry of a character and for a length of time sufficient, in the opinion of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, to meet the requirements above.
*Note: Days worked as a Steward to meet the minimum requirements under section (1) can be counted toward the 50 days required to achieve Flat Racing Accrediation Level II status.

(2)The minimum experience qualifications for Flat Racing Accrediation Level II are:
  • Has met the experience requirements of Flat Racing Accreditation Level III (a, b, c or d); and
  • Has worked at least 50 racing days as a Steward during the past three years, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.
(3)The minimum experience qualifications for Flat Racing Accrediation Level I are:
  • Has met the experience requirements of Flat Racing Accreditation Level III (a, b, c or d); and
  • Has at least five years experience AND 200 racing days as a Steward, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.
HARNESS RACING

(1)The minimum experience qualifications for Harness Racing Accreditation Level III (base level) are:
  • (a) At least 225 days, within 10 years, of experience as a licensed racing official as defined by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, (i.e., judge, racing secretary, director of racing, assistant racing secretary, horse identifier,patrol judge,paddock judge,clerk of course, charter, program director,starter,official/regulatory veterinarian or other racing official as designated by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program). Graduates of the University of Louisville or University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in the Racetrack/Equine Industry Program shall receive credit for 100 days of experience and thus must complete only 125 additional days as a licensed racing official within 10 years. Participants in the ROAP Apprenticeship Program shall receive credit for up to 56 days of the apprentice program; or

  • (b) Experience in the pari-mutuel horse racing industry as a licensed trainer or driver for (i) 5 years (average 200 starts per year for drivers and 100 for trainers) and 150 days experience as a racing official; or (ii) 10 years (same starts requirements) and 100 days experience as a racing official; or (iii) 15 or more years (same starts requirements) and 50 days experience as a racing official; and completion of Stewards or Judges Apprentice Program.

    If (a) or (b) is not applicable, a person may request (in writing) satisfaction of the minimum experience qualifications for Harness Racing Accreditation Level III pursuant to one or both of the following experience criteria and by providing documentation supporting that request.

  • (c) Presently employed as a Judge for the length of time in the opinion of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program to meet the requirements above; or

  • (d) Experience in the pari-mutuel racing industry of a character and for a length of time sufficient, in the opinion of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, to meet the requirements listed.

*Note: Days worked as a Judge to meet the minimum requirements under section (1) can be counted toward the 50 days required to achieve Harness Racing Accreditation Level II status.

(2)The minimum experience qualifications for Harness Racing Accreditation Level II are:
  • Has met the experience requirements of Harness Racing Accreditation Level III (a, b, c or d); and
  • Has worked at least 50 racing days as a Judge during the past three years, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.
(3)The minimum experience qualifications for Harness Racing Accreditation Level I are:
  • Has met the experience requirements of Harness Racing Accreditation Level III (a, b, c or d); and
  • Has at least five years experience AND 200 racing days as a Judge, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.
The USTA has additional educational opportunities and requirements such as those listed below. Please contact the USTA for additional information

The USTA will continue to license other officials and offer educational programs for these officials. Officials who wish to qualify for accreditation as stewards/judges must hold a valid USTA officials license thereby meeting all licensing requirements of the USTA in order to qualify for accreditation as a steward/judge.

Candidates for presiding steward/judge must have at least 150 days of experience as an associate judge as defined by the United States Trotting Association (USTA).

Candidates for associate steward/judge must have at least 150 days of experience as a licensed racing official as defined by the USTA (i.e.; racing secretary, identifier, clerk of course,program director, patrol judge, paddock judge or other racing official as determined by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program).

NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE ASSOCIATION:

(1)The minimum experience qualifications for NSA Accreditation Level III (base level) are:
  • Has passed all of the required exams, and
  • has observed for at least three meets in the Stewards’ Stand, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.

(2)The minimum qualifications for NSA Accreditation Level II are:
  • Has met the experience requirements of NSA Accreditation Level III, and
  • has worked a minimum of 3 NSA race meets as a Steward, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.

(3)The minimum qualifications for NSA Accreditation Level I* are:
  • Has met the experience requirements of NSA Accreditation Level III, and
  • Has at least 3 years of experience and has worked a total of 12 racing days as NSA Accreditation Level II, and
  • all continuing education requirements are current.

  • *This is the most experienced level of accreditation. This position is designated by NSA Steward Advisory Board yearly.