Starting the Learner Application Process
All new ADS officials begin the process by applying to become an ADS Learner Official. ADS learner candidates are expected to have competitive driving knowledge and experience and the desire to learn the duties specific to the license they are seeking. The specific criteria to receive a Learner license are listed in the ADS Rulebook
In general, to become a Learner you must demonstrate competence in five areas:
- As a volunteer, as you will be working with volunteers;
- As a driving competitor, to be able to evaluate driving;
- In horse show management, as you will be assisting organizers and other officials;
- In the knowledge of the ADS Rules, as you will need a working expertise of the rules; and
- Have the character and temperament to be an official to manage situations, exhibit leadership and work with others in a professional and ethical manner.
Checklist for Completing the Required Criteria
Refer to the current ADS Rulebook Section LO - Rules of ADS-Licensed Driving Officials for greater details on the requirements for being a licensed official.
- The LOC will give greater weight to Learner experiences with ADS Registered Officials
- All Learner and recorded experience must be within 5 years of the application for licensing or promotion
- You will only receive credit for one experience with an official or at a single location
- You must attend a clinic within 1 year of your application to be a Learner or prior to your first Learner experience
- All submissions to the LOC including evaluations are confidential.
- Each Learner License: $30
- Learner License extensions for each additional year: $10 per license
- Resubmission fee, if application is incomplete: $10
- Senior ("S") Recorded ("r") and Registered ("R") yearly fee for first license: $40 ($20 per additional license)
- Application for Promotion: $10
Please see the Application Process page for details.