Licensed Officials Program

About our Licensed Officials Program

The Licensed Officials Program document defines the USAWE requirements for Judge and Technical Delegate licensure and continuing education. The Licensed Officials Committee (LOC) is here to support you in your goal to become a licensed official. Please contact us at any time with questions:

Starting the Process of Becoming a Licensed Official

If you would like to become a USAWE licensed Judge or Technical Delegate, the first step in the process is letting the Licensed Officials Committee (LOC)  know that you are interested. Click on the button below to go to an online form where you can provide us with your contact information. The LOC will use this information to provide you with information about learning opportunities and to add you to our email list.

To complete the process of initiating your application to become a licensed official, please also click on the button to request a PayPal invoice for $25. You will receive a PayPal invoice from USAWE, which you can pay with a debit or credit card, or with PayPal if you have an account. Once you have filled out the form and paid the $25 invoice, a member of the LOC will reach out to you by email.



For Our Visiting Foreign Judges

Working Equitation judges from WAWE-recognized countries and WAWE-licensed judges may apply for a one-time Visiting Foreign Judge License. Please refer to the LOC Program document for more information. The application can be found on this page in the list of Downloadable Forms.

Continuing Education for Licensed Officials

All Licensed Officials are required to meet continuing education requirements. These requirements are detailed in the Licensed Officials Program PDF at the top of the page. Download and track your Continuing Education credits using the relevant forms in the “Downloads” section below.

Payment Information for Offerings Hosted by the LOC

If you are submitting a license application or signing up for an LOC-hosted event that has a charge, please click on the button, below, to request that an invoice be sent to you. Once your application has been approved, you will be sent an invoice from the USAWE PayPal account. Invoices can be paid by PayPal or credit/debit card.


In-Person Judge Seminars

In 2022, the USAWE Licensed Officials Committee organized and hosted two in-person Judge Seminars: one in Tennessee and the other in California. Both were well-attended and gave participants the opportunity to participate in lectures taught by experienced WE judges as well as to experience hands-on judging at a licensed competition. The LOC plans to offer additional in-person seminars in the future, as an important complement to our online learning opportunities. 

Downloadable Forms and Documents

Important WE Licensed Officials forms that can be downloaded in both PDF and Word doc when available.


Type of download
Application – Learner “L” Judge PDF Word Doc
Application – Recorded “r” Judge PDF Word Doc
Application – Registered “R” Judge PDF Word Doc
Application – Senior “S” Judge PDF Word Doc
Application – International Guest Judge PDF Word Doc
Application – Technical Delegate PDF Word Doc
Continuing Education Log – Judge PDF Word Doc
Continuing Education Log – Technical Delegate PDF Word Doc
Judging Assessment Form PDF Word Doc
Shadow Log (Judge) PDF Word Doc
Shadow/Volunteer Log (TD) PDF Word Doc
Reference Form PDF Word Doc
Technical Delegate Handbook PDF No Word Doc

Code of Ethics – Licensed Officials

All USAWE Licensed Officials agree to adhere to the following Code of Ethics.

Download the Official Document HERE

In providing a service to the working equitation community, I recognize the need to do so in a professional manner, interacting with the public and colleagues with the highest degree of integrity. By accepting licensing, I understand that the equine industry and clients expect the highest standard of conduct from those who hold this recognition. I agree to continually uphold my character and reputation.

I will adhere to the following creed:

  1. I will execute my duties without bias or prejudice.
  2. I will ensure that every horse present at an event where I am officiating will at all times be treated humanely, maintaining the welfare of the horse as paramount.
  3. I will adhere to all relevant policies/procedures of USA Working Equitation (USAWE) while upholding the U.S. Rules for Working Equitation.
  4. I will conduct business in a manner that will enhance the image of USAWE and the sport of working equitation.
  5. I will avoid conflicts of interest, either real or perceived, whenever possible, and disclose conflicts of interest whenever they exist and cannot be avoided.
  6. I will uphold the highest standard of professional behavior, recognizing that even the appearance of misconduct or impropriety can be very damaging to the reputation of USAWE as well as to my own reputation.

I understand and agree that USAWE has the right to investigate complaint(s) regarding a licensed official’s alleged conduct. I will participate in the due process proceedings of the Ethics Committee.  I have a right to review all information, documents, photographs, or other evidence used to evaluate my performance in my official duty. I will abide by the decision of the Ethics Committee or Appeals Committee once all avenues of due process have been exhausted.

I recognize that the licensing body has no binding relationship in the business relationship between a licensed official and show management.

I understand that in order to maintain licensure I must maintain membership with USAWE and provide proof of continuing education as outlined in the Licensed Officials Program.

I agree to abide by the Social Media Policy.

By signing this document, I agree to uphold this Code of Ethics and the Licensed Officials Program policies. I understand that failure to do so could result in suspension and/or loss of USAWE licensure.


This Social Media Policy governs the commentary via social media by Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches when acting as a USA Working Equitation (USAWE) official or can be perceived as acting as a USAWE official. For the purposes of this policy, social media means any tool for online publication and commentary, including but not limited to blogs, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and any other new media.

This Social Media Policy does not limit a person’s right to post their opinions as an individual, when not acting as an Officer, Director, Licensed Official, or Coach.

Statement of Policy

Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches may use social media as a conduit for conveying their activities in the WE environment. All uses of social media must follow the same ethical standards as outlined in the Code of Conduct (Officers and Directors) or Code of Ethics (Licensed Officials and Coaches).

Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches may not represent themselves as an authority for the organization on social media.

Following the Policy

Officers, Directors, Licensed Officials, and Coaches must make every effort to consider all options within the context of appropriate civil behavior when responding to comments on social media, including the option of no response. It is best to err on the side of caution. When in doubt, do not post, comment, or engage. If you are unsure whether or not something is appropriate to post on social media, contact the Ethics Committee before making the post live. If you, for whatever reason, take an action that is in conflict with this policy, you may be contacted by the Ethics Committee to resolve the situation and may be asked to withdraw, correct, or revise the posting. Failure to adhere to this policy or to the resolution determined by the Ethics Committee may result in suspension of membership or licensure.

What You Should Do

  • Disclose your affiliation. If you talk about USAWE matters that are within your role as an Officer, Director, Licensed Official, or Coach, you must disclose your affiliation with USAWE.
  • State that it is your opinion. Unless authorized to speak for USAWE, you must state that the views are your own. No one should speak on behalf of USAWE without express permission.
  • Keep your comments respectful, professional, and helpful. Respectful discussions are a way for the sport and the organization to grow.
  • Protect yourself. Be careful about what personal information you share online.
  • Act responsibly and ethically. Do not misrepresent yourself.
  • Honor our differences. USAWE will not tolerate discriminatory comments of any kind (including age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability, or marital status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances).

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not publish, post, or release information that is considered confidential.
  • Do not discuss anything to do with a legal issue.
  • Do not use the USAWE logo unless expressly permitted.
  • Licensed Officials:
    • Do not use your personal cell phone, computer, tablet, or any other similar device for social media while officiating. Do not post photos of horses or riders taken during the event, including during awards, until the show has ended.
    • Do not disclose specific details of actions taken during a competition, either by you or that you are aware of by virtue of being a Licensed Official. Reference can be made in a general way to actions of competitors or decisions by officials as long as individuals are not identified.
    • Do not share discussions regarding officiating that occurred during a competition.
    • Do not discuss specific horses, competitors, or licensed officials related to a competition on social media.

Code of Conduct – Licensed Officials

All USAWE Licensed Officials agree to adhere to the following Code of Conduct.

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