Adjudicator Certification

2021-2022 Certification Opportunities

***More details for the certification opportunities are coming soon.

Dates Location Information and Application Link
Fall 2021 TBA Virtual Adjudicator Training/Certification
Spring 2022 TBA Virtual Adjudicator Training/Certification
May 2022 TBA Virtual Adjudicator Training/Certification


TTAO currently offers 2 certification events throughout the school year in different geographic areas.

Eligible judges should NOT be involved in the direction of an official UIL One-Act play entry at any level (high school or middle school).

All potential judges must submit an application to be approved for participation. Potential judges should possess the following:

Undergraduate degree in theatre AND at least one of the following:
• 3 or more years of post-degree professional theatre experience
• and/or 3 or more years of educational theatre experience
• and/or advanced degree in theatre

Potential adjudicators who do not possess an undergraduate degree in theatre but who have VERY significant educational theatre experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

All participants in certification workshops must be pre-approved by completing an online application usually available six weeks prior to each workshop opportunity.

There is no fee to participate in the certification workshop, however, candidates must complete their certification by paying annual dues during our renewal period (May 1-June 1).


Each workshop spans two days.

The first day is usually a half day (5pm-9:00pm) of classroom time devoted to the ABC’s of UIL and Judging Logistics from Certification to Contest as well as ethical considerations.

The second day is a full contest day where the future adjudicator will participate and watch every part of a contest from the directors meeting, all the shows, awards, and critiques with a chance to chat with current adjudicators at the end.   They will fill out all forms and rank plays as if they were judging that day.*

*The structure of the training may change depending on the contest.  Always consult the information and application link for specific times.


Q: How does the Virtual training work?
A: For both days of the training, we will use Zoom. On Friday, we will do a “classroom” type training, and on Saturday, we will replicate an actual contest (as best we can virtually). The Saturday session will have trainees go through a mock contest–including attending a director’s meeting, watching and evaluating plays, and giving a critique.

Q: Can I miss part of the workshop and still certify?
A: No, you must attend all parts of the certification workshop to certify. No exceptions.

Q: When are workshops held?
A: We usually hold 1 in the fall, 1 in early spring, and 1 at the UIL OAP State Meet, always check for current dates.

Q: Who is eligible to certify?
A: Anyone who is not directing an official UIL OAP at the high school or middle school level this year and has a theatre background (as described above) may apply to certify.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: Adjudicators will be required to pay a TTAO $50 membership fee (due June 1st) to activate their membership

Q: I can’t attend this workshop are there other opportunities?
A: Yes, we try to hold 3 certification workshops throughout the year.

Q: If I have questions who do I contact?
A: Craig Hertel at