Race Director Certification Program


USA Cycling sanctions over 3,000 events yearly. The majority of these events are managed by clubs and the number of events is increasing yearly. To provide race directors with the skills and knowledge to take their events to a higher level or to provide a base to manage their first race USA Cycling has created educational programs that include best practices and risk management. Race directors who complete these courses will receive certifications that will help to establish their credibility when they approach sponsors, partners, and civil authorities. 
Race director certification is a three tiered education program for new race directors and race directors putting on UCI level races. The program also provides continuing education in-person or online along with online networking and resources such as Convention and Visitor Bureau listings, member demographics, etc. for race directors outside of certification classes. By increasing positive member and non-member experiences at sanctioned events the program seeks to increase the number of racers participating in the sport. 
Level C certification is the introductory course for race directors. It is an online self-study course that will provide race directors with information and current best practices to reduce time spent on processes such as permitting an event with USAC, to give a base knowledge of organizing a bike event, and to prepare race directors for meeting with city officials. Level C certification will be available at no charge to anyone who wishes to complete it on August 1, 2014. Collegiate race directors will take a specific Level C collegiate certification to prepare them for the differences they will face organizing a collegiate race. All that is necessary is to log in or create a USA Cycling account and look under both account options. Level C certification will be awarded to individuals who pass the Level C exam with an 80% score.  

An important change for permitting in 2015, a Level C certification will be required for anyone permitting a competitive event with a sponsoring club. A Level C certification will be required to permit any type of event for individuals who have purchased a race director license. This policy will go into effect when the 2015 permit process opens. 
Level B certification is the mid-level certification for race directors looking to take event directing to the next level. It is a 10 webinar curriculum that will provide race directors with information to create better events through event design, by teaching solutions to recruit and retain volunteers needed to put on an event, and methods to increase sponsorship of events. The 10 webinars will be volunteer management, radio communications, RaceClean, stakeholders, course design, risk management, crisis management, medical planning, sponsorship, and business management. These webinars will be released starting on July 23, 2014 and can be found on this page. Please note the Level B webinars required for this certification will be titled Level B, there are several webinars on this page.
Nat/Int level certification is the highest level certification for race directors who are putting on national calendar and international level races. It is an invitational two-day in-person conference that will provide experienced race directors with information from industry experts to widen knowledge on crisis management and to increase non-cycling media coverage for events. The conference will also create opportunities for race directors to network with each other, USA Cycling staff, and outside experts to share knowledge and resources. The cost for the Nat/Int level certification is still being determined.  
A race director must start certification at Level C. Once they’ve obtained their Level C certification they can move to the Level B certification. Once they’ve obtained their Level B certification they can apply to be accepted into the Nat/Int level certification. 
Race director certification will be awarded to individuals who complete one of these curricula and pass the online exam with a grade of at least 80%. Certification will be good for two years and expire at the end of the second year. A certified race director must maintain a current race director license to be active in promoting events. 
At the end of two years certified race directors must recertify at current level or certify at a higher level or their certification will no longer be valid. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are required for maintaining certification. If certification lapses for two consecutive years certification class and exam must be re-taken with a passing exam. 
USA Cycling approves many seminars and clinics for CEU credit offered by third parties. One contact hour will count as 1.0 CEU (in general, USA Cycling reserves the right to value an activity as it sees fit). A list of approved CEUs is maintained here, but is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in attending a seminar for credit not listed here please email the race director certification manager for approval. The seminar must be approved for CEU’s or no credit will be given. Please note CEU’s will only be given for education related to event directing. 
To renew your Level C certificaiton race directors need to complete 5 CEU’s within two years and Level B and Nat/Int certified race directors must complete 10 CEU's as well as meet other continuing education criteria

If you are interested in obtaining a Level C certification you can find the manual and exam in your My USA Cycling account under the tools or account link beginning August 1, 2014.

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