Begining 9/1/2022, all memberships are done online. 

Registration requires USA Swimming Account Access.


Contact your club registrar for the Online Membership Registration link specific for your team to complete your 2023 Officials Member Registration

Members who wish to be registered as Unattached, CLICK HERE for the UN-MW registration link or contact the MW Registration Chair.



As of 9/1/2022 - USA Swimming Accounts  (REGARDLESS of having an existing or previous login/Deck Pass access) 

Registration requires USA Swimming Account Access.



CREATE YOUR NEW USA SWIMMING ACCOUNT   (New and Existing Officials MUST do this step)



How do I set up my new SWIMS account if I already have a membership? - ARTICLE

How do I create an account in SWIMS as a new member? - ARTICLE



STEP 1. Member Registration   

(New and Existing Officials MUST do this step)
ALL  OFFICIALS registrations must be completed via USA Swimming's SWIMS 3.0 / Online Member Registration (OMR) platform.  The previously used non-athlete registration forms are no longer accepted.  Everything is now completed online. 

If you are attached to a club, contact your club registrar for the team’s specific Online Membership Registration (OMR) link.

If you are NOT attached to a club, begin the unattached registration process by clicking this link

Membership offerings:  Official or Apprentice Official*

Pay the current 2023 USA Swimming non-athlete membership registration fee of $76.00.  This payment will be made at the time of online member registration.

* Apprentice Official is an OMR category and apprentice officials will NOT be charged at that time. This Apprentice Official registration allows the individual to complete the required components as they work toward becoming an official. Once the apprentice requirements are completed you will be required to REGISTER with USA Swimming and pay the non-athlete membership fee.




STEP 2. Pass the USA Swimming Background Check
This is now done via SWIMS. (You will need to be logged into your USA Swimming account.)
Go to EDUCATION / Course Catalog and select Background Check.

Once the Background Check is completed, your member record will automatically update with USA Swimming.


STEP 3. Complete Athlete Protection Training (APT).
APT training is required for all members of USA Swimming 18 years and older.  Training is good for 1 year from date of completion.
This is now done via SWIMS 3.0 (You will need to be logged into your USA Swimming account.)
Go to EDUCATION / Course Catalog and choose Athlete Protection Training.

Once the Athlete Protection Training is completed, save a copy of your completion certificate. Your member record will automatically update with USA Swimming. If the APT does not update after a few days, contact [email protected].

If you have issues accessing the Athlete Protection Training under the EDUCATION section of SWIMS 3.0, try this work around

  1. Visit
  2. Click “Register”.
  3. Click “Create Account” in the Non-Member Access box. 
  4. Follow the prompts to register an account.
  5. Click “Courses.”
  6. In Athlete Protection Training: SafeSport Trained Core Course, select “Add Course”.
  7. Email the completion certificate to [email protected]


STEP 4. Complete Concussion Awareness Training
This is now done via SWIMS 3.0 (You will need to be logged into your USA Swimming account.)
Go to EDUCATION/Course Catalog and select Concussion Training.

Certificate of completion MUST be emailed to the MW Registration Chair ([email protected])



STEP 5. Complete the MWS Application for Certification.

Be sure to include your e-mail address  (print legibly) if you wish to receive updates from the MWS Officials Committee. 

Email or mail the Application for Official Certification to:

Debra Pearson

[email protected]

830 Filmore Ave

Council Bluffs, IA  51503





STEP 6.  Apprentice at the necessary number of meet sessions based on your certification level:

Stroke & Turn Judges: Four (4) sessions


Administrative Official:   AO1 (Non-Championship Meets): Four(4) Sessions




STEP 7.  Pass USA Swimming Officials test (80%).
Test is online and is open-book (have a copy of the USA Swimming Rulebook available either as a hard copy or as a PDF)