The NCAA has begun, effective September 1, 2015, a new officiating program designed to educate and register Swimming & Diving Officials.  This program, in conjunction with USA Swimming, will provide all the necessary resources for our Swimming & Diving officials during the course of the competitive season.  Please check back often for updates and information and scroll down for Important Dates and NCAA Resources.


Any official who applies to officiate at the NCAA Championships (all 3 Divisions) will be required to register as an NCAA official and pass the NCAA rules test with a score of 85% or better.  It is being recommended to NCAA member institutions and conferences that they utilize NCAA registered officials beginning with the 2015-16 season.  There is no limitation between attempts at passing this test, if an applicant did not achieve the minimum passing score. The test is based upon the NCAA playing rules that are effective as of September 1, 2015.




You will need to take and pass a test in order to be registered as an NCAA official. The test you take will depend on your current status. See the options below to determine your status and then scroll down to see the directions for taking an online test.


NOTE: NCAA will not issue any kind of certification card. If you pass the test required, your name is automatically entered to their "registered" NCAA official list that they will use to select meet officials. USA Swimming officials will not see any NCAA certifications on their certification card in OTS either.


Current USA Swimming Officials

Log in to your USA Swimming website account and navigate to "Choose a Test to Start" below. Select the NCAA SUPPLEMENTAL Swimming and Diving Rules test and proceed with taking the test. Once passed, you will also be registered as an NCAA Swimming Official.



For those new officials who wish to be registered as both a USA Swimming and an NCAA Official: you will need to take tests on both USA Swimming and NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules. First, take the USA Swimming test required by your Local Swimming Committee (usually Certification - Stroke and Turn/Timer) and then take the full "NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules" test (not the supplemental one). 


Note: passing these two tests will allow for your NCAA registered official status. For your USA Swimming certification, you will need to register as a nonathlete member of USA Swimming and follow the requirements of your Local Swimming Committee for certification.


NCAA Swimming and Diving Official Registration Only (no USA Swimming certification)

You will take the full "NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules" test. Select this test from the test selection.



In order to use this test site, you need to have a USA Swimming website user account. If you already have a website account on, you will need to log in to that account to take your test(s). Use the sign in link in the upper right corner to log in.

If you don't already have a USA Swimming website account, create an account first ("sign in" upper right corner and follow steps to create an account) and then navigate back to this page to take your test(s).


Note that any test you start and do not complete by 4/15/2017 will be automatically deleted on 4/15/2017.


You may wish to duplicate this tab in your browser or print these instructions so you can refer to them while taking the test.

  1. Once you are logged in to your USA Swimming website account, click on "Choose a Test to Start" below.
  2. Then you can choose the appropriate test(s) from the "Start an Online Test" section that appears.
  3. Select the test you wish to take from the "start test" dropdown menu.
  4. Confirm your understanding of the test expiration date by checking "I agree".
  5. Verify your personal contact information (enter all information requested so that NCAA may contact you regarding your registration) and click on "Save Information and Proceed to Test".
  6. Click on "Start Test" (Ignore the "Print Blank Version of Test" button. You will have this option later).
  7. First test question appears. You can proceed to answer the questions at this point (answer the question and then click "next" or choose "Save and Restart Later" if you'd like to print out your test to complete offline and then enter your answers online later.
  8. If you wish to print out the test, select "Print Blank Test" from the "Prior Tests" box that appears.

After printing your test out, follow these steps to go back in and enter your answers:

  1. Navigate back to the "Start an Online Test" module.
  2. You will see the "Prior Tests" box.
  3. Choose the test you wish to enter answers for and Click "Resume" in the "Options" section. You will be taken back in to the test and you can enter your answers.




September 1, 2015 (Two-year rules cycle)

The 2015-16 and 2016-17 NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules Book is available. Click the link below to download the NCAA rules book. The NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules test is available at the "Choose a Test to Start" link above. Passing scores are valid through August 31, 2017.


October 5, 2016

The deadline to apply to officiate at an NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in March 2017 is October 5, 2016. Click here for the application. 



Click on the following link to view recent NCAA Swimming & Diving rules interpretations.



Click on the following link to download an NCAA record form.


Diving Degree of Difficulties

To view the Diving Degree of Difficulties for competition, click on the following link.

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