Please follow the instructions below to complete your Class A certification process. If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact Emily Bridgman at

Step 1 - Complete Your Forms

*Download and complete either the Adult 18+or the Minor Class A form, as well as the COVID waiver, and email it to
Minors are required to complete and submit these forms only. No additional steps are necessary.
*Adobe fillable forms work best when downloaded, not filled out via the web browser.

Step 2 - Run Your Background Check

Visit Sterling Volunteers to get started. After you register, be sure to enter the Good Deed code (un9a213), which verifies that your background check is being completed for Special Olympics Virginia.
Need help registering? Check out our easy help guide!

Step 3 - Complete the Online Trainings

Next, you'll need to register on the SO Learning Portal and complete the Protective Behaviors training. If you will be volunteering as a coach, you'll also need to complete Concussion Awareness training, which can be found in the same portal. No need to submit anything to us after your completion.
Need help registering? Check out our easy help guide!

Step 4 - Find Your Local Program

Find out what’s happening in your community and reach out to your Area Coordinator for more information.
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Volunteer Resources

Need a printable version of Protective Behaviors or Concussion Awareness training? We've got you covered! Check out these and various other volunteer resources.

Did you know?

All Class A volunteers are mandated reporters. Individuals 18 years and older who are associated with, employed or volunteer with a private sports organization or team are required to report suspected abuse and neglect as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after having a suspicion of a reportable offense.