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Accreditation and Pathways

The Process



Step 1 - General Principles

Prior to undertaking an Officiating Course, all prospective officials must complete the Australian Sports Commission Introductory Level Officiating General Principles online couse - which is free of charge.  


Please note: You will have to create a Logon / Password for the ASC Website to access the course.

All TO's are also required to apply for the following prior to the Course:


Step 2 - Accreditation Modules

Prospective Officials then have a broad range of choices for their first Accreditation Module.

Officiating Courses are generally run every few months, and include between 3 - 4 modules which vary from Course to Course.

Upcoming Courses & Modules are listed on the SWA Website here.




Step 3 - Practical Experience

After completing the Accreditation Modules, Trainee Technical Officials are invited to attend SWA Meets to gain practical experience in the relevant positions from the Module they undertook.

All Trainee Officials are required to wear plain White Polo Shirts to SWA Meets.

For further information on SWA Meets and when you can attend, please see our event Calender here.




Step 4 - Assessment

Officials must have a “practical” assessment by an approved assessor before they are deemed competent in an area - and are able to request an assessment once they feel they are competent.

Officials must contact Eleanor Cribb (SWA Pathways Coordinator) at eleanor.cribb@wa.swimming.org.au to request an assessment and include:

This request will then be approved by the Technical Official (TEO) Commitee prior to assessment being undertaken. Please refer to the Assessor Guidelines below for further information. 

Click here for the Assessor Guidelines.

Click here for a list of Assessors.

Further information on assessments are as follows:

Clerk of Course, Check Starter, Recorder, AOE:

Starter, Judge of Stroke, and Inspector of Turns:

Candidates can only be assessed for one module in a session.


Swimming Australia sends out Accreditation Cards as required once Assessment Paperwork is recieved.

 *Please note: there is currently a hold on card distribution at this stage.



Step 5 - Further Development

View Swimming Australia's National Technical Official Accreditation Program brochure for more information.

Click here to view the Officiating Pathway and discover where officiating could take you!

Swimming WA sends out Availability Forms to all Technical Officials prior to each season (Long Course, Short Course and Open Water).

If you are not recieving these and are a SWA Technical Official member, please email eleanor.cribb@wa.swimming.org.au





TO Membership


Rules & Procedures


Please contact Swimming WA Pathways Coordinator (eleanor.cribb@wa.swimming.org.au) with any queries.


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