Accreditation and Courses

Swimming, similar to many other sports, relies heavily on volunteers. Swimming competitions and events are important to the development of our swimmers and without the assistance and guidance of technical officials, these events cannot be run. Becoming a technical official is rewarding and an excellent way to contribute to the sport, spend time with your children, create great friendships and gain professional development.


Become an Official

  • Online Learning
  • Step 1: Online Modules

    Swimming Australia now has eight officiating modules online.  If you are interested in starting your accreditation journey in any of the below positions. Click on the links to start learning.

    CLICK HERE to access the General Principles, Clerk of Course or Check Starter courses. 

    CLICK HERE to access the Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper, Judge of Stroke, or Inspector of Turns courses.

    Officials Membership 

    New Official

    Renewing Official

     Please contact Swimming WA at with any queries.

    • Attend a Workshop
    • Step 2: Attend a Face to Face workshop

      The National Official Accreditation Programme

      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.


      Upcoming Workshops

      Friday 18 October - TBC 

      *Workshops are held at Pilbara Championships, Kimberley Open, Gascoyne Open, and Country Pennants annually. 

      Visit the events page for more information. 

    • Gain some Practical Experience
    • 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 and Workshop they undertook.

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

      Trainee Officials can gain practical experience at Tier 3 Meets and below. For further information on Meets and when you can attend, please see our event Calender here.

      All trainee Officials are also required to apply for the following prior to the completing practical hours:

      • Working with Children Check
      • Swimming WA Technical Official Membership
    • Get Accredited
    • 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 the Development Manager on (08) 9328 4599 to request an assessment. 

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

      Click below for the SWA Assessor Guidelines:

      Click below for a list of SWA Assessors:

    • Officiating: Where can it take me?
    • Step 5 - Further Development

       Click below to view the officiating pathway and discover where officiating could take you!




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