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Officials Certification Program

U.S. Masters Swimming is now certifying swimming officials to work USMS sanctioned meets. Officials certification is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. USMS certification is not currently 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 an official. Currently, USMS has two certification levels: Stroke and Turn Official, and Starter. We are currently using the videos and online testing system created by USA Swimming for certification training and testing. You  will need to create an account on the USA Swimming web site in order to take the certification test.

How to Become an Official

 

Stroke & Turn Official

  1. Review all six Officials Training Videos on the USA Swimming site: 
    http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2775&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en
  2. Take and pass (with 80% correct) the online test “Certification – Stroke & Turn/Timer:”
    http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1510&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en
  3. Your results will be emailed to you by USA Swimming. Once you receive them, forward them to officialscertification@usms.org. Your credentials will be emailed to you by the USMS Officials committee upon receipt of your test results.
  4. Certification expires on December 31st of the second year of certification.

Note: Some LMSCs may recommend or require additional steps in the training of their officials. You may wish to contact your LMSC Officials Chair for further information.

Starter

  1. Previously be certified by USMS as a Stroke & Turn Official. There is no minimum length of time as a certified Stroke &Turn Official required before an individual can become a starter.
  2. Review “Starter” training video
  3. Take and pass (with 80% correct) the online tests “Certification – Starter” and “Recertification Stroke & Turn/Timer:" http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1510&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en
  4. Your results will be emailed to you by USA Swimming. Once you receive them, forward them to officialscertification@usms.org. Your credentials will be emailed to you by the USMS Officials committee upon receipt of your test results.
  5. Certification expires on December 31st of the second year of certification.

Note: Certification as a Starter automatically renews your certification as a Stroke & Turn Official.

Recertification

All officials need to keep track of their sessions worked.

Stroke & Turn Official

  • Stroke & Turn Officials who have worked four or more sessions within their current certification period may take the test “Recertification – Stroke & Turn/Timer” on the USA Swimming website for re-certification.
  • Officials who have worked three or less sessions within the current certification period must take the “Certification – Stroke & Turn/Timer” test for re-certification.

Starter

  • Starters who have worked four or more sessions within their current certification period may take the tests “Recertification – Starter” and “Re-certification – Stroke &Turn/Timer” on the USA Swimming site.
  • Starters who have worked three or less sessions within their current certification period must take the “Certification – Starter” and “Re-certification – Stroke & Turn/Timer” tests for re-certification.

 Any questions about USMS Officials Certification may be addressed to officialscertification@usms.org.

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