Courses and Accreditation

Please click on the links below to access information regarding the course and accreditation pathway.


  • Learner Guides
  • Swimming Australia, in conjunction with the State and Territory Swimming Associations, has created a National Technical Official Accreditation Program (NOAP). This program provides training and ongoing development of technical officials, for all levels of swimming.

    There are learner guides for all of the NOAP modules. Click on the links below:

    LG1 - General Principles

     LG2 - Timekeeper

    LG3 - Chief Timekeeper

    LG4 - Check Starter

    LG5 - Starter

    LG 5 - Starter 2 

    LG6 - Clerk of Course(Marshal)

    LG7 - Inspector of Turns

    LG8 - Judge of Stroke

    LG9 - Chief Recorder

    LG10 - Finish Judge/Chief Finish Judge

    LG11 - Automatic Operating Equipment Operator

    LG12 - Meet Manager Operator

    LG13 - Announcer

    LG14 - Referee

    LG 14 - Referee 2

    LG15 - Referee Multi-Class

    LG16 - Advanced Self Management



  • Online Modules
  • Please note that whilst some of these courses are facilitated by NSW Swimming however, they are applicable to all states and recognised by Swimming Australia. These online modules give you the theory part of the course only. Once you have completed the online course and understand the theory, you can practice on pool deck and then be assessed.

    General Principles of Officiating Timekeeper / Chief Timekeeper
    Clerk of Course Check Starter
    Judge of Stroke Inspector of Turns
    Starter Recorder


  • Reaccreditation
  • To ensure that Australia’s reputation for having the best Technical Officials in the world is upheld, Technical Officials are required to undergo a reaccreditation process every four years. To do this you must:

    1. Maintain a log book showing the required number of update points (points are shown below and also explained in the Re-Accreditation kit) to maintain the current level of accreditation. This can be in the form of a log book, the template provided in the Re-Accreditation Kit or electronically.
    2. Abide by the Swimming Australia Behavioural Guidelines and Swimming Victoria’s Values and Behaviours.
    3. Maintain a current Victorian Working With Children Check. CLICK HERE to be taken to the Department of Justice website.
    Points for Reaccreditation  
    Referee/Starter at FINA World LC Championships/Olympic Games  40
    Referee/Starter at FINA World SC Champs/Commonwealth Games/Pan Pacific Champs 35
    Referee/Starter at Other International Events  30
    Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) at FINA World LC Championships/Olympic Games 35
    Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) at FINA World SC Champs/Commonwealth Games/Pan Pacific Champs 30
    Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) at Other International Events  25
    Referee/Starter at Australian Championships 15 per day
    Referee/Starter at Australian Age/Australian Short Course Champs 12 per day
    Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) at Australian Championships 10 per day
    Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) 8 per day
    Technical Official at other SAL organised Event 10 per day
    Referee/Starter at State Championships 10 per day
    Technical Official (other then Referee/Starter) at State Championships 5 per day
    Technical Official at a State sanctioned Event e.g. Non Championship Competition 5 per day
    Technical Official at a non sanctioned event eg. encourgament meet 2 per day


    CLICK HERE to access the SAL reaccreditation kit which will take you through the process, step-by-step. 

    A part of reaccreditation is to achieve General Swimming Education points, by attending workshops, seminars or undergoing online training. The Play By The Rules website offers free online training that can be counted as General Swimming Education points. CLICK HERE to access the free training.

    Recognition of current competency

    RCC Application

    If you think that you already possess the adequate competencies to obtain or upgrade their SAL National Technical Official Accreditation, you can apply to Swimming Victoria 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.


  • National Officiating Workshops
  • Swimming Australia, with the support of all state swimming associations, hosts an annual development event for emerging officials in conjunction with the State Teams Age Short Course Championships at the AIS, Canberra.

    The workshops aim to further enhance and fast track the skills of developing Technical Officials who are likely to officiate at future state, national and international competitions by workshops as well as gaining valuable practical experience on pool deck at the State Team Age Short Course Championships.

  • Values and Behaviours
  • Swimming Victoria has adopted the SAL Values and Behaviours as our own and we expect all Officials to uphold them. These are the first prerequisite to any national level appointment and/or selection. Please bear them in mind whenever you are on pool deck or otherwise involved in swimming.

    Click here to view the values and behaviours

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