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After all three workshops have been offered, a USDF Pre-Certification may be offered. This mock testing, conducted with Examiners, is designed to offer participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Testing Certification format.

A Pre-Certification is basically a dress rehearsal of an actual testing. The Examiner assesses the level of practical skill and theoretical knowledge of the participants. The participant receives numerical score sheets with comments at the end of the two days. There are no lectures or demonstrations. There is limited dialogue between examiner and participant during the sessions. The purpose of the Pre-certification is to familiarize the participant with the format and for USDF to determine the participants' readiness to undertake an actual Certification Testing.

Attending a USDF Pre-Certification is not required for certification, however, they are strongly recommended. Those people who have participated in this program have demonstrated a higher success rate at Certification Testings.

For guidelines and other important documents, see our forms & documents page.

If you have any further questions, contact the Instructor/Trainer Program Liaison at (859) 971-2277 or