- Age - 21 years or older
- Prior to beginning training, have been a certified Starter and Chief Judge for at least 1 year.
Working a minimum of 12 sessions as a certified Starter and 12 sessions as a certified
Chief Judge are required before an invitation will be issued or before an
individual may apply. It is recommend that the candidate has worked a minimum
of 25 sessions during the previous year (12 months) to be eligible
- Receive an invitation by the Officials Committee with verification
that the pre-referee requirements (listed above) have been met before invitation.
Applicants may also apply to begin referee training (and the application will be
considered at an Officials Committee meeting prior to a new referee training session).
- Be registered as a Non-Athlete Member with USA Swimming
- Attend a special PVS Officials Clinic for First Time Referees
- Serve on-deck as an apprentice with at least two different PVS certified Referees
(each of who has been certified for at least one year by PVS and worked a minimum of
six deck referee sessions). Train at a minimum or six (6) different
apprentice sessions at a minimum of three different PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying
Up to two apprentice sessions may be at non-PVS USA-S meets but must train with a PVS mentor.
- If not already certified as a
Colorado Timing System
Administrative Official, work at least two familiarization sessions
in each of those positions. Note: if Hy-Tek certified, only two
ETS observation sessions are required.
- Perform to the satisfaction of the Referee and have such
performance reported to PVS on the PVS Referee Evaluation Form.
- Pass the USA Swimming officials tests for Certifying Referee,
Administrative Referee, Clerk of Course and Timing Judge with a combined grade of at least 90%.
- Be favorably observed at the last apprentice session by a designated PVS evaluator.
The evaluation will be recorded on the Referee Evaluation Form.
- Complete certification requirement within one year from the date of Referee clinic.
- Certification is good until the December 31 following two years after the date of issuance.
- Previously certified by PVS, the YMCA or another USA Swimming Local Swim Committee (LSC) as a Referee
|2.||If from another LSC or the YMCA, fulfill all relevant requirements
of the PVS Officials' Transfer Policy
- Work at least six sessions per year at PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying meets*,
at least one of which will be as a Referee, and at least one as a Stroke & Turn Judge.
- Attend a PVS conducted Referee Clinic at least once every two years
- Pass once very two years the USA Swimming Referee Recertification Test with a grade of at least 90%.
- Maintain valid USA Swimming registration
- Submit the online PVS
Officials Recertification Request
- Recertification is good for two years after the date your prior certification expired.
Recertification also renews all other LSC certifications.
* Excludes observed and approved meets, such as high school, college, and masters