About the ORC Annual Concussion Training Requirements

As of 2014, Oregon law requires that referees must “receive annual training to learn how to recognize the symptoms of a concussion and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion.” You can read the laws here.

Assignors cannot assign referees who have not completed one of the approved training courses.


In order to register with the ORC and officiate games in Oregon, follow these three steps:


Step 1

You must complete one of the approved concussion training modules annually.

CDC Heads Up or
NFHS Concussions in Sports


Step 2

Submit a certificate of completion to the ORC with your annual registration form.

Assignors may also require to see proof of concussion training.


Step 3

Retain a copy of the certificate of completion for your records in case an assignor, tournament organizer, or any other authority ask for proof of compliance.

Please Note

Both courses are available at no cost and offer a “certificate of completion” upon successful passage.

The courses may seem directed at coaches, however, we assure you that they are relevant to you as a referee. Print a copy of this certificate for submission to the ORC with your registration materials AND retain a copy for yourself!

This law applies to games officiated in Oregon and does not apply to games officiated in other states; however, other states may have similar laws. We suggest that you check with your assignor(s) directly regarding your specific responsibilities when working out of state games/events.

If you have any questions, please contact the ORC.

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Approved Concussion Courses

The Oregon Referee Committee currently accepts either of the following approved online concussion training courses to satisfy this annual requirement:

Instructions for completing the concussion training.