What is SafeSport?

Critical information to help keep every program safe: Athletes will perform better, soar higher, and get more from sport if they feel safe. Misconduct threatens that safety, and it can happen in every sport and at every competitive level. This SafeSport online training program teaches you about the nature of misconduct in sport: how to recognize it, how to prevent it and how to take action. The information in this course will help to keep sport a positive experience for every athlete, coach and volunteer. (Credit:


While anyone is welcome to take the SafeSport online training course, the following are required to take it to remain credentialed.

  • National Team Coaches
  • National Team Assistant Coaches
  • National Team Managers
  • Senior National Coaches
  • Senior International Coaches
  • Parents who want coaching credentials
  • Referees
  • Meet Directors


  • USA Powerlifting Membership
  • Background Screen – every 2 years
  • Safe Sport Training – Completion immediately upon certification and then every 4 years of the Olympiad
  • Agreement with the policies in the Safe Sport Handbook


Certified Officials Background Screen

Background Screen

The Certified Officials Background Screen application process includes: (1) a current USA Powerlifting Membership, (2) a background screen through VerifiedVolunteers, (3) completion of USOC SafeSport course, and (4) agreement with the policies in the Safe Sport Handbook.

Background Screen Provider Verified Volunteers
Screening Criteria See Below
Screen Length 2 Years
Expiration All screens expire two years from the date the screen was passed.
Applicable to All USA Powerlifting certified officials must submit a background check through VerifiedVolunteers.

VerifiedVolunteers provides a comprehensive search with the assurance of the highest quality information available, and they work confidentially with each client. The following are included in the comprehensive search:

  1. Identity verification
  2. National Criminal database search
  3. OFAC terrorist database search
  4. Sex Offender registry search of all available states
  5. County search of residency within the last five years

Screening Criteria

Convictions for, disclosures of convictions for, and pending dispositions for any of the following crimes, and registrations or sanctions, or disclosures for any listed registrations or sanctions, will prompt a determination that an applicant ‘does not meet’ the criminal background screening criteria:

  1. Any felony including an element of violence or of a sexual nature regardless of the amount of time since the offense, and any non-violent felony within the past five (5) years (felony defined as any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year).
    1. Defined on the basis of exposure to the offense for which the defendant was convicted, pled guilty or pled nolo contendere. If pled down, then the crime to which the defendant ultimately pled.
    2. Defined by all crimes punishable by greater than one year in jail or prison, regardless of how characterized by jurisdiction. If range, alternate sentencing, or indeterminate sentencing, outer range greater than one year.
  2. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person within the last ten (10) years.
  3. Any lesser crime in which sexual relations is an element, including “victimless” crimes of a sexual nature (including but not limited to pornography, lewd conduct, and indecent exposure) regardless of the time since the offense.
  4. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances (not paraphernalia or alcohol) within the last five (5) years.
  5. Any lesser crime involving cruelty to animals within the last ten (10) years.
  6. Any criminal offense which causes harm to a child regardless of the amount of time since the offense.
  7. Any sex offender registrant.
  8. Any individual that is not in good standing (sanctioned) with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), International Powerlifting or USA Powerlifting (As monitored by USAPL)

Questions?  Please contact the USA Powerlifting National Office