How Certification Works #
Interscholastic Speech contests involve subjective and standards-based evaluation of students across more than a dozen contest categories. Schools are responsible for providing adjudicators based on a ratio of number of participating entries. Coaches and/or adjudicators (judges) gain certification through training, and can report time spent as professional development.
High School #
Initially, you pay for and enroll in an online course that takes about 2 hours, followed by a 3-hour live online workshop, culminating with an assessed evaluation of a student presentation. Provided the assessment has been completed successfully, certification lasts 3 years, inclusive of the school year of enrollment.
Certification can be renewed upon successful completion of a brief renewal course (~30 minutes), plus an assessed evaluation of a student presentation. Anyone whose certification lapsed since 2008 may enroll in the Renewal course. If it was earlier than 2008, please enroll in the Initial Training course.
Middle Level #
We offer an entirely online course for individuals adjudicating just Middle Level Speech Contests (the high school course will cover most of what individuals need to know to adjudicate middle level Speech contests). Inclusive of asynchronous practice evaluation tutorials and assessed evaluation, this course will take about 3 hours to complete. Individuals who complete this course will receive a certificate of professional development certifying time spent on the course.