Become an official! – Now is the best time

WPA, in collaboration with the State governing bodies, offers all online Water Polo Coaching and Referees’ courses for a limited time for FREE. As completing these courses used to cost hundreds of Dollars, this is a great opportunity for members to acquire these vital accreditations or upgrade their existing qualifications.

The offer is designed to provide WPA members with the opportunity to up-skill and refresh their knowledge or to start the journey to becoming an official referee or coach.

Free courses are open for enrolment now and participants will have 12 months to complete their chosen course.

Start your training to become an official TODAY!

Visit The LearningPool and see how you can start your new role in water polo.

Being an official can provide great fulfilment while also taking you around the world as part of this global game. It is a critical role which ensures games can be played successfully and in the right spirit. The Water Polo Australia accreditation courses provide a common standard of foundation knowledge for all Officials to build on through practical experience.

What levels of officiating are there?

Below is an overview of the Referee accreditation courses:

(or equivalent of in TLP)

Courses are also offered for Table Officials, which are a great precursor to understanding the sport for parents and players prior to becoming a referee.

Experienced Referees looking to further develop their skills can also commence further online training to become Technical Delegates or Assessors through specialisation courses.

WPA Education Curriculum

The Water Polo Australia Education Curriculum outlines the target market, minimum age, prerequisites and course overviews for each accreditation or certificate course as part of WPA’s National Education Program.

For more details on the WPA Officiating Accreditation courses see the WPA Education Curriculum.

Course Prerequisites

To become a Referee or participate in the sport in various capacities (referee, coach, table official, team manager etc) you may have to obtain some other accreditations/certificates. These are outlined in the Certificates/prerequisites section. Please follow this link to have a better understanding of the requirements and to upload your certificates/badges.


The following forms are required for Referees

Referee Forms

Offence Report Form 2022-23 – to report offences during and in in relation to water polo games and competitions, as per the National Sanctioning Policy

Monthly Time Sheet – Officials Hobby Payment – an optional form for referees to track their officiating activities during the water polo season

Annual GST Declaration Form – form required from referees to be held by WPWA office for GST exemption

ATO Annual Hobby Form  – form required from referees to be held by WPWA office for the referee payments to be tax-exempt