About Center Certification: The USBC Center Certification department is a service-driven team focused on providing centers with an unbiased assessment of their playing field. We serve USBC members by recording that USBC Approved Products are being used, and that the playing field meets the standard dimension required to be a certified tenpin bowling lane.

Mission Statement: To accurately assess playing fields across the industry and educate our stakeholders on the value of being a certified bowling center.

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Program Overview Handout

Previous Reports
In recent years, USBC set out to improve the center certification process. Several studies into the certification process have been conducted by the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team, and the results led to changes in the center certification process that were announced at the 2017 USBC Convention.

Click HERE to read the FAQ document on the tiered Center Certification program announcement.

Click HERE for the 2019 Center Certification Research Report.

Click HERE to see the report published in December 2018.

Click HERE to see the report published in April 2017.

Click HERE to learn about the changes announced during the 2017 USBC Convention regarding the lane inspection program.

For more information on the tiered Center Certification program or any questions, please email: