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Accreditation and Pathways



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The National Official Accreditation training programs are delivered by the State and Territory Swimming Associations.

In conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Swimming Western Australia is recognising the ASC Online Introductory Level Officiating Principles course.  Start your officiating accreditation by completing the online courses.


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 now have the six officiating modules online.  If you are interested in becoming accredited in any of the below positions Click on the links and start learning:

General Principles and Practices of Officiating

Time Keeper/ Chief Time Keeper

Clerk of Course

Check Starter

Judge of Stroke

Inspector Of Turns




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 Sharon Shepherd (SWA Club Services Coordinator) at sharon.shepherd@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


 *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 sharon.shepherd@wa.swimming.org.au





TO Membership

2016 Swimming Australia NOAP Learner Guides


Rules & Procedures




Mentoring Agreement

20 Points of Self Evaluation

Mentoring Action Plan


Please contact Swimming WA Club Services Coordinator (sharon.shepherd@wa.swimming.org.au) with any queries.


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