Getting Started - Membership Requirements

Referee Background Screening

The first step in becoming a Certified USA Water Polo Referee is to become a "Referee," "Coach/Referee," or "Rookie Referee" member of USA Water Polo. If you already have a membership (athlete, coach, etc.) you can login to your account to renew or upgrade.

You will also be asked to create referee profiles on two other platforms that are used for referee training and education, assignments, and evaluations: Arbiter and USAWPR.

Please note that you can attend a USA Water Polo Referee School or browse our certification and instructional materials at no cost by navigating around this website and our instructional platform at

Brand New Referees:

  1. Register with USA Water Polo as a “Referee”, “Rookie Referee” or “Referee/Coach” Member for the current calendar year. You will need to register with the Arbiter / USA Water Polo Referee Association to be eligible for assignments to any and all USA Water Polo Sanctioned Events. Although there is a membership fee to register with USA Water Polo, access to the Arbiter Site with USAWPR is FREE. Please click on the link below to register for the Arbiter Site and contact your Zone head Referee with any questions:
  2. Register for and successfully complete a USAWPR Referee Certification School along with the supplemental online Basic Certification Tutorial at (access and registration to the training site is included with your membership and there is no additional charge). You must also complete and pass the associated Rules Test. Make sure to review any additional rule interpretations and other instructional material prior to taking the test. Instructional materials are posted at both the and sites.
  3.  Contact your Zone Head Referee to complete the required practical component and/or observation. ZHR Contact info can be found at with all Referee Information.
  4.  Once you complete your “on deck” observation you are certified as a “Rookie-ˇLevel 1” Referee and subject to the assignment criteria and limits set forth by your Zone.
  5.  For questions and further detail regarding USA Water Polo Referee Certification Criteria and Training visit or consult your Zone Head Referee.

Returning Referees:

  1. Register with USA Water Polo as a “Referee” or “Referee/Coach” Member for the current calendar year.
  2. Register for and pass the “BASIC CERTIFICATION TUTORIAL” class, along with the associated rules test at OR Attend and successfully complete a USAWPR Referee School and any testing required. NOTE: The “In Person” Schools will be offered in conjunction with USAWP and ODP events throughout the country and are required for Certification of ALL Referees every two years. A schedule of USAWPR Referee Schools are posted on the website.
  3. Contact your Zone Head Referee to complete the required “practical” portion of your re-ˇcertification and advancement requirements. Complete Level Certification Criteria is posted on the and the websites.


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