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Referee Certification


Certification Requirements

  1. Age - 21 years or older
  2. Have been a certified Starter and Chief Judge for at least one year to be eligible.
  3. Register as a Non-Athlete Member with USA Swimming
  4. Be invited by the PVS Officials Committee
  5. Attend a special PVS Officials Clinic for First Time Referees
  6. Attend a PVS conducted Referee Clinic
  7. 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). Train a minimum or six (6) different sessions at a minimum of three different PVS-sanctioned non-Officials Qualifying meets*. No more than three sessions may be at intra-team, dual, or tri meets.
  8. If not already certified as a Hy-Tek Operator, Colorado Timing System Operator or Administrative Official, work at least two familiarization sessions in each of those positions. Certification in these positions is not required to become a referee, but the familiarization sessions may be used as training sessions to achieve certification in those positions.
  9. Perform to the satisfaction of the Referee and have such performance reported to PVS on the PVS Referee Evaluation Form.
  10. 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%.
  11. Be favorably observed at the last training session by a designated PVS evaluator. The evaluation will be recorded on the Referee Evaluation Form.
  12. Complete certification requirement within 24 months from the date of Referee clinic.
  13. Certification is good until the December 31 following two years after the date of issuance.

Recertification Requirements

  1. Previously certified by PVS, the YMCA or another USA Swimming Local Swim Committee (LSC) as a Referee
  2. 2.If from another LSC or the YMCA, fulfill all relevant requirements of the PVS Officials' Transfer Policy
  3. 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.
  4. Attend a PVS conducted Referee Clinic at least once every two years
  5. Pass once very two years the USA Swimming Referee Recertification Test with a grade of at least 90%.
  6. Maintain valid USA Swimming registration
  7. Submit the online PVS Officials Recertification Request
  8. Recertification is good for two years after the date your prior certification expired.

* Excludes observed and approved meets, such as high school, college, and masters competitions