Program Overview

The NCAA continues to provide an officiating program designed to educate and register swimming and diving officials. This program, in conjunction with USA Swimming, will provide all the necessary resources for our swimming and diving officials during the course of the competitive season. 


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 current NCAA rules test with a score of 85% or better.  


  • The test you take will depend on your current status.
  • There is no limitation to the number of attempts to pass this test.
  • The test is based upon the NCAA playing rules that are effective as of September 1, 2023.
  • Tests must be taken September 1, 2023 or after to be considered. Tests taken before September 1, 2023 will not be considered. 
  • Passing scores are valid through August 31, 2025.


The NCAA will not issue any kind of certification card. Once you pass the rules test, your name is automatically added to the "registered" NCAA officials list used to select meet officials. USA Swimming officials will not see any NCAA certifications on their USA Swimming certification card.


The deadline for satisfactorily completing the rules test and submitting a completed application is Monday, October 9, 2023 at 5pm ET.

Current USA Swimming Officials

Log in to your USA Swimming website account and click on "Start an Online Test-Click Here" 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.



New officials who wish to register as both a USA Swimming and an NCAA Official: you must 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 non-athlete member of USA Swimming and follow the requirements of your Local Swimming Committee for certification.


You will need to take the full "NCAA Swimming and Diving Rules" test.

Directions for Taking an Online Test

Note that any test started and not completed by 4/14/2025 will be automatically deleted on 4/15/2025
Online Testing Instructions
  1. Once you are logged in to your USA Swimming SWIMS account, select the Course Catalog located under the Education tab.
  2. To find the NCAA Officials exams, click on Officials > NCAA.
  3. Choose the appropriate test from the options that appear.
  4. To start the exam, click on the “Start” button under the Learning Objectives.
  5. The Welcome page will appear next. Click on “Let’s Get Started” to begin the course.
  6. The first test question will appear after the Overview page. You can proceed to answer the questions at this point. Answer the question and then click "Next". Proceed to answer all the questions and then "End Test/Submit for Grading".
Completing Your Test Offline


  1. When the first test question appears, click on "Save and Restart Later".
  2. When the "Prior Tests" box appears, select "Print Blank Test" next to the test you are working on.
  3. After printing your test out, and completing it offline, navigate back to the online testing module. Click on "Start an Online Test".
  4. "Prior Tests" box appears. Click on "Resume" next to the test you completed offline.
  5. Verify your personal information again if asked. Then click "Resume Test".
  6. Proceed to enter your test answers, clicking "Next" after each question.
  7. Click on "End Test/Submit for Grading" once you have entered all your answers.



NCAA Championship Information

Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship

  • March 20-23, 2024 - Athens, GA
  • Hosted by University of Georgia

Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championship

  • March 27-30, 2024 - Indianapolis, IN
  • Hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana Sports Corporation 

Division II Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championship

  • March 13-16, 2024 - Geneva, OH
  • Hosted by Lake Erie College, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission 

Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championship

  • March 20-23, 2024 - Greensboro, NC
  • Hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Greensboro Aquatic Center

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