Navigation Certification Program

The Orienteering USA Navigation Certification Program was designed and implemented for the express purpose of involving Orienteering USA Certified Coaches by getting them to see the results of coaching those orienteers trying to improve their skills.

The initial program is designed with Juniors in mind. It can provide goals toward personal development, offering different certification levels depending on orienteering speed and course difficulty. The orienteer will need to finish a certified 'A'-level classic-length course (see Orienteering USA Rules: B.24.) with no assistance at an Orienteering USA 'A' or 'B' meet and his/her average minutes/kilometer should be faster than:

  • 15 min/k on Orange, Brown, Green, Red, or Blue course -- Navigator
  • 12 min/k on Brown, Green, Red, or Blue course -- Pathfinder
  • 10 min/k on Red or Blue -- Expert

Navigation Certificates may be requested for qualified athletes by their coach or any other individual who submits a request form and supporting documents to a certified coach willing to participate in this certification program. There is a small fee to cover certificate production.

See frequently asked questions about navigation certification.

We also anticipate this program will satisfy the needs of adventure racers who require navigation certification for team members.
-- Robert Turbyfill

Instructions to coaches verifying navigation certificates


Orienteering USA coaching manual -- Coaching Orienteering (158 pp), includes dozens of exercises for orienteers of all levels. To order, send your name, address, and a check for $14.50 ($12.00 + $2.50 shipping/handling) payable to United States Orienteering Federation (NOT Orienteering USA), c/o Mike Minium (mikeminium [at] aol [dot] com), 6797 Stillwell-Beckett Rd., Oxford, OH 45056-8870.

Note: The Orienteering USA Coaching Manual is NOT an introduction to orienteering. It is a reference for the coach who is trying to prepare his/her team for a higher level of orienteering competition.

Orienteering USA Coaching Committee Members

Bob Turbyfill, Chair -- (301) 705-7541 (bob.turbyfill [at] live [dot] com)
Janet Porter -- (215) 679-7829 (djporter2[at]verizon[dot]net)
Rick Worner -- (585) 581-2979 (wornerkohn[at]aol[dot]com)