Swimming Australia, in conjunction with our State and Territory Swimming Associations, have created a National Technical Official Accreditation Program. This program aims to promote a professional approach to the identification, training and ongoing development of technical officials, for all levels of swimming, conducted by or on behalf of Swimming Australia.
This accreditation and training program is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills, to officiate at all Swimming Australia events and events run under FINA regulations in any of the disciplines leading to the position of Referee. The target market for this course includes; currently accredited and operating officials looking to update/refresh their skills and individuals who are interested in becoming trained to officiate at ratified meets.
The Nationally accredited training programs are delivered by the State and Territory Swimming Associations. For further information on undertaking technical official education, please contact your State or Territory Swimming Association
In conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Swimming Australia is recognising the ASC Online Introductory Level Officiating General Principles course Start your officiating accreditation by completing the online course and then book in with your state association to do a specialist unit such as timekeeper or recorder.
The free online course is now available on the ASC Learning Portal at https://learning.ausport.gov.au
The Swimming Australia General Officiating Principle course is still offered by State and Territory swimming association if you do not wish to do the online course.
National Technical Official Accreditation Program Brochure
National Technical Officials Accreditation Cards
All accredited technical officials are issued with a National Technical Official Accreditation Card. The cards identify the units in which a technical official has achieved competency. Unit abbreviations stated on the card indicate:
CS = Check Starter
S1 = Starter Level One
S2 = Starter Level Two
S3 = Starter Level Three
MAR = Marshal
R1 = Referee Level One
R2 = Referee Level Two
R3 = Referee Level Three
TK = Time Keeper
CTK = Chief Time Keeper
REC = Recorder
IOT = Inspector of Turns
JOS = Judge of Stroke
ANN = Announcer
AOE = Automatic Operating Equipment Operator
FJ = Finish Judge
ROWS = Referee Open Water Swimming
RSWD = Referee Swimming With a Disability
National Technical Officials Accreditation Card
Swimming Australia issues accreditation cards to all Australian technical officials. If you do not have a card, or your details are incorrect, please complete the following form and return to your state swimming association as soon as possible.
RCC Application (578KB)
Applicants who believe they already possess the adequate competencies to obtain or upgrade their SAL National Technical Official Accreditation, are able to apply to SAL via State/Territory Swimming Associations for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) from prior learning and experience. RCC will be granted when all the stated learning outcomes and performance criteria of the SAL Technical Officials Accreditation Course modules have been met. Other requirements will also need to be met before a SAL National Technical Officials accreditation will be issued.
To achieve level three accreditation as a starter or referee, a candidate is required to undergo three competent assessments at a Swimming Australia National Championships. What is the process when I’m ready to be assessed as a Level Three Starter or Referee?
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