New Certification Requirements: 



Re-certification Requirements:  

Requirements for re-certification are listed above per position. Requirements only need to be met for the highest level of certification.  All other positions will renew with the highest level. The session/meet requirements need to be met yearly.  Re-certification tests only need to be taken once every two years. 


The National Officials Certification Program is administered by the USA Swimming Officials Committee. Its primary goal is to expand the education of officials through mentoring, participation and evaluation as well recognizing those officials who have demonstrated their knowledge of swim officiating at each level and position. Click here for more information. 

Certification at any level requires a combination of several things including evaluations, local participation at meets, continuing education, and the training and mentoring of other officials. Contact the SC-LSC National Evaluation Liaison with any questions.  Click here for Officials Committee page. 


U.S. Masters Swimming certifies swimming officials to work USMS sanctioned meets. Officials certification is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. USMS certification is not required for currently certified USA Swimming, NCAA, NFHS (high school), or YMCA officials to work USMS meets. Membership in USMS is recommended, but not required, for certification as a Stroke & Turn or Starter official. USMS membership is required for certification as a USMS Referee.   Here’s the link for USMS officials certification: