Accreditation and Pathways
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.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE COURSE.
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:
- Working with Children Check
- Swimming WA Technical Official Membership
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.
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 email@example.com to request an assessment and include:
- Position / Level being assessed
- Preferred date / Meet of assessment.
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.
Further information on assessments are as follows:
Clerk of Course, Check Starter, Recorder, AOE:
- Generally, only one (1) assessment is required (providing that all areas of competence are met).
- Must be done by an Approved Assessor
- SWA must be notified of the requested Assessment as per the Assessor Guidelines
Starter, Judge of Stroke, and Inspector of Turns:
- Generally the candidate will have more than one (1) assessment.
- This is due to the levels of the meets at which people are assessed often differ, and sometimes not all areas of competence can be displayed to or are seen by the assessor in only 1 session.
Candidates can only be assessed for one module in a session.
- Referees must be signed off by the Chief Referee.
- Officials wishing to be assessed as a Starter or Referee for Level 3 must apply to the Chief Referee, and Swimming WA is to request a SAL assessor to attend a SWA Meet.
- They can then be assessed for competency for nomination as a Starter or Referee at an Australian Championship Meet.
- To become a Level 3 Referee or Starter, the candidate must work in that position and have satisfactory assessments in accordance with SAL’s requirements from time to time.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Swimming WA Pathways Coordinator (email@example.com) with any queries.