Technical Officials

Welcome to the technical officials section of the website. Officials play an important part in our organisation and are integral to the ongoing delivery of our sport at all levels for all participants. Without officials, our sport just simply would not function for our participants. Some Branches (and State) require Clubs participating in competition to fulfill a quota of officials in order to compete in a carnival. To officiate at competitions, individuals must nominate to the relevant club, branch, state or national representative.

National Officials Accreditation Scheme (NOAS)

In 2013, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) undertook an independent review of its’ National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) training programs and all other officiating development activities, and as a result has modernised its National Officiating Development Framework and NOAS Training Programs to deliver best practice education and development opportunities to all SLSA officials.

SLSA Surf Sport Officials training now sits under the umbrella of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS), which covers over 80 different sports throughout Australia and is managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

The new framework (as at September 2017) is taking over what was formally known as the Junior, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses.

The major change to the Technical Officials framework is that it is now module specific and aligned with the level of athlete being supported on the athlete pathway from learn/explore to development, performance and high performance.

There are four levels of the NOAS pathway as explained in detail in the SLSA Officiating Training Plan

  • SLSA Core Official ($60)

    Officials working with entry level participants in a club surf sport environment (recreationally or competitively). Participants will generally be non-bronze proficient.

  • SLSA Technical Official ($60)

    Officials who choose to fulfil specific officiating role(s) and who work with participants (non-bronze proficient, Surf Rescue Certificate qualified or bronze proficient) who are actively competing in a club / branch / state surf sport competition environments. Officiating roles may include:

    • Marshall
    • Starter
    • Check Starter
    • Recorder
    • Timekeeper
    • Finish Judge
  • SLSA Senior Official

    Officials who choose to fulfill specific senior officiating roles and who work with athletes competing in state/national surf sport competition environments. Officiating roles may include:

    • Chief Judge
    • Referee
    • Area Referee
    • Sectional referee
    • Course supervisor The Senior Official is also a mentor to other core and technical officials and can facilitate NOAS training workshops in their nominated roles.
  • SLSA Performance Official

    A group of officials who have been identified as leaders within their chosen field. These officials are talent identified as a part of either the NHP Program or as experts outside this particular program.

    Each member of this group will be supported with an Individual Official Performance Plan (IOPP) which will facilitate SLSA’s high performance officials to be at the cutting edge of surf sport officiating at the highest level (national / international).

    Each Performance Official will be required to attend a biennial Performance Officiating workshop.

All levels of officials’ accreditation share three basic objectives:

  • To educate members to successfully administer their duties
  • Ensure that each member who is appointed an official at any carnival, event or championship has the best understanding of Surf Sports
  • Ensure that there are sufficient qualified officials available to conduct Surf Sports activities at all levels

Why should you become an accredited technical official?

Becoming an accredited technical official is an important step in ensuring that you are providing a quality service to the participants you are working with and your accreditation will be endorsed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). NOAS is Australia’s system of training and accrediting coaches, which more than 80 sports participate in. You will be giving back to the sport of surf lifesaving and ensuring the future of our sport.

How do I enrol in a course?

First read the Member Journey For Core Official or the Member Journey For Technical Official.

Secondly please discuss with your club whether they will reimburse you for the cost of this course or not. You will be required to pay for the course upfront using a debit/credit card before you can access any of the course.

Members can now participate in a course at any stage throughout the year and can access these through their SLSA Members Portal. EtrainU can be accessed by following the steps below.

  • Before you enrol in any course, please ensure you have a SLSA Members Portal account.

  • Contact the SLSA IT helpdesk if you are trying to enrol in a coaching course and need access to Members Portal.

You will need to access this throughout the duration of the courses. To active your username in the system, please follow the below prompts:

  1. Please log on to the SLSA Members Portal. If you do not have a SLSA Members Portal account, or are having troubles logging in, please email the SLSA IT Help Desk and they will be able to assist you. SLSNSW cannot help you with this.

  2. Once logged in and on the home page of the SLSA Members Portal then click ‘Courses’

  3. Then select ‘NSW’ (if not automatically selected). You should now be redirected to the SLSA Online Learning Portal.

  4. By following these prompts, this will tell the SLSA Online Learning Portal (EtrainU) that you intend to complete some courses/modules and will activate your username in the system.

  5. Once you have logged into EtrainU, Click on ‘Training Library’ at the top right of the page. Then select SLS – Sport, this will give you a list of available courses.

  6. Select the course which you would like to complete (Core, Technical etc).

  7. You will then be asked to pay for this course online. Prior to payment, please discuss with your club whether they will reimburse you for the cost of this course or not.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon full completion of the online course please contact your Branch to organise a practical workshop and on the job assessment After the on the job assessment has been submitted by your assessor to SLSNSW, your accreditation will be processed and a name bade, licence card, log book will be posted (as appropriate to the accreditation you have completed).

Who do I contact if I'm having IT Troubles?

Please email an SLSA representative at and mention that you are trying to enrol for a coaching course in NSW and need access to the Members Portal. If you have any other questions regarding the EtrainU platform please contact

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To reaccredit as a Level 1 and 2 Official, the applicant must complete the Surf Sports Officials Form and submit a copy of a completed Surf Sports Officials Log Book to Branch. This book shows the accumulation of a minimum of 100 points during the 4 year period of your participation at surf lifesaving sports and related personal development events.

If any members are interested in becoming accredited officials or their official qualifications need re-licensing, contact your club, Branch Director of Surf Sports.

Reaccreditation of Award

Junior Official to Core Official

A Junior Official will transfer to a Core Official after reaccreditation (this will not be required until at least 31/12/2018 when the first generation become due to reaccredit). It is anticipated that Core Officials will receive a name badge, licence card and log book. The cost to receive the name badge, licence and log book is to be determined and will not be available until reaccredited.

Branches are to be aware that there will be no requirement to submit a log book when Branches submit the Officials Reaccreditation Form. Reaccreditation covers a period of 4 years (to the 31st of December of the 4th year).

A Core Official can officiate at Branch & State Carnivals in the positions of;

  • Judge
  • Timekeeper
  • Marshall
  • Recorder

Level 1 Official to Technical Official

A Level 1 Official will transfer to a Technical Official after reaccreditation.

A Technical Official can officiate at Branch & State Carnivals in the position of;

  • Marshall
  • Starter
  • Recorder
  • Timekeeper
  • Finish/Course Judge

Level 2 Official to Senior Official

Not all Level 2 Officials will transfer to Senior Official.

Branches will be required to check a Level 2 Officials log book to verify that this member has officiated in the last 4 years in the position of:

  • Chief Judge
  • Referee/Area Referee/Sectional Referee
  • Course Supervisor
  • Appeals Committee
  • Competition Liaison Officer
  • Support Service Coordinator
  • Disciplinary Committee

If there is insufficient evidence in the log book, the Level 2 Official will transfer to a Technical Official.

A Senior Official can officiate at Branch, State & National Championships.

Level 3 Official

All current Level 3 Officials will be sent via Branch to State and onto SLSA when reaccreditation is due.

Not all Level 3 Officials will remain as Level 3 Officials.

SLSA will determine if the official will remain as a Level 3 or transfer to Senior Official.

For more information Download the NOAS Framework Memo or contact