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National Cheer Judges Certification

If you love cheerleading, then the National Cheer Judges Certification is for you. There are many advantages to earning your certification.

  • Enjoy opportunities to earn extra money doing something you love. (You can become eligible to judge local, regional and national competitions, which you can arrange on your own – or possibly receive some assignments through Cheer Ltd’s booking service.)
  • Learn to think like a judge and know what judges look for in a routine (an added bonus for your team in competition)
  • Enhance your overall knowledge of cheerleading
  • Be involved with cheerleading on a whole new level

Two Options
Cheer Ltd’s National Cheer Judges Certification (NCJC) clinics are offered in two formats - an on-demand course offered via the web OR a live, full day course. Both certification types include approximately 7 hours of training with a practical dvd training where attendees put their knowledge and experience to the test!

Taught by highly qualified instructors with National Elite Judging Certification, NCJC clinics allow you to obtain one of four levels of certification, depending on your existing experience and performance during the clinic:

Intern Certification suggests you should experience more judging alongside nationally trained judges as well as more training in order to be a successful judge

Intermediate Certification suggests you judge at the local level

Standard Certification suggests you judge at local, state, and regional levels

Full Certification means you have the experience and skills to judge at all levels including national and international competitions

Please Note:
Certifications are valid for three years.
You must be 18 years of age to earn your certification.
Certification levels are strictly a suggestion by the instructor based on a set of criteria; they are used by Cheer Ltd when booking judges to place you in the most successful judging situations.

Program Goals & Objectives
Our goal at Cheer Ltd is to make available to the cheerleading public a group of nationally certified cheer judges who are capable of providing fair and standardized judging at any cheerleading event. We believe we can accomplish this by enabling judges to learn and implement a precise and proven method of judging.

Objectives for course participants include:

  • To gain the concepts of professionalism and proper judging protocol
  • To understand the psychology of judging and professional responsibilities
  • To become knowledgeable on cheerleading terminology and theory
  • To recognize fundamental and specialized cheerleading skills
  • To gauge the level of performance of cheerleading routines
  • To be able to apply knowledge gained to any judging or instructional setting
  • To be able to ballot systematically and consistently utilizing scoring grids, trends, experience, and guidelines
Live Full-Day Course Outline

8:30 - 9:00 am

Onsite Registration / Check In
9:00 - 9:25 am Course Introduction
9:25 am Trial Judging
9:30 am - 12 pm Lecture, Exercises, Group Discussion
12 - 12:45 pm Lunch Break
1 - 2:30 pm Lecture, Exercises, Q & A
2:30 - 3:15 pm Written Exam
3:15 - 4:55 pm Practical Evaluation (judging)
4:55 pm Wrap Up
5:00 pm Dismissal


On-Demand Course Outline

Step One

Read through entire judging packet - manual, rules, guidelines, grids
Step Two PART ONE recorded instruction & quiz (~ 2 hours)
Step Three PART TWO recorded instruction & test (~ 2.5 hours)
Step Four DVD Practical (~ 2 hours)

Coming to a Location Near You
Cheer Ltd is conducting National Cheer Judges Certification (NCJC) clinics throughout the country. Click on Schedule & Locations for a listing of scheduled events.

Note: If you don’t see a specific event near you, but are interested in attending, just contact us.

Hold Your Own
We can also arrange a National Cheer Judges Certification (NCJC) clinic for your group, by special request, any time of the year. Call Cheer Ltd today at 1-800-477-8868 - or email Darren at darrent@cheerltd.com - to learn more about having an instructor come to you with a low minimum attendance requirement.

Be a Host
If you’re interested in hosting a certification clinic at your facility, call Cheer Ltd 1-800-477-8868 for more information.

Request Additional Information
If you would like additional information on a location near you, submit our request form.
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