Scorer Certification

Scorer Certification

The objectives of the PAVO Scorer Certification programs are to:

  • Increase the knowledge and competency of scorers, including assistant scores (formerly called libero trackers)
  • Increase recognition of scorers as professional members of the officiating team
  • Provide validation for scorer compensation
  • Build a database of certified scorers

Using the standards outlined below, PAVO affiliated boards (and other structures that establish a program meeting the minimum standards) have the authority to award and renew scorer certification.  Certified scorers will receive the certification, a "Certified Scorekeeper" patch and current year pin, liability insurance coverage, a subscription to the Official Word newsletter, PAVO member discounts on travel, events, and merchandise, and access to the NCAA Central Hub.  Current-year interpretation newsletters, messages from the NCAA National Coordinator, and other important seasonal information are only available on the Central Hub.  Names of certified scorers will be circulated through PAVO to conferences, NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc. 

Scorer Certification Standards

To be PAVO-certified, scorers must join a PAVO-affiliated local association (called a "board") as either a "Standard" member or an "Associate" member.  A list of PAVO-affiliated boards is available on the PAVO website (, click on "Local Chapters").  Annual dues of $20 are charged to Associate members, although local boards may charge a small additional fee for local programs.  Associate members are eligible for certification as a scorer &/or line judge.  Standard members ($110 dues) are eligible for certification as a referee, line judge, scorer, or any combination.  All PAVO members, including Scorer members, must accept the terms of the PAVO Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct, Conditions of Membership, General Waiver and Media Release.  These documents are electronically submitted during the online dues-payment process, or by contacting the PAVO central office ( Additional requirements:

  • Attend a training session where current-year materials developed by PAVO are used, conducted by an approved PAVO instructor.  Approved instructors include any PAVO State or National referee, any NCAA Division I conference assignor/coordinator, any individual who has been assigned as a scorer to a Division I NCAA Regional or Championship event in the last five years, and any USAV National Scorer with NCAA women's scoring experience.  Additional approved instructors may be listed at 
  • Submit to your local board chair by December 31: 
    • The current-year written PAVO scorer examination (included with the PAVO Scorer Training Manual). The exam must be corrected to 100% and signed by the PAVO training-session instructor.   
    • Three recommendation signatures from any approved PAVO instructor, based on scoring in women's college volleyball.  Signatures must be obtained from at least two different individuals. Recommendations must be from observations within 90 days of the start date of the term for which they apply, and an observation must be based on at least one complete 25-point set.  Recommendation forms are included in the Scorer Training Manual, or click here, or can be obtained from the PAVO Central office ( or 888-791-2074). 
  • Certification expires annually on June 1.


Renewal requirements

  • Attend an annual Scorer training session as described above.

  • Submit to your local board chair by December 31:

    • The current-year written PAVO Scorer examination, corrected to 100% and signed by the PAVO training-session instructor.

    • One written recommendation signature (see description above) annually.


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