How to Become a CWPA Referee


  1. Fill out the Referee Registration Form (CLICK HERE).
  2. Take the NCAA Water Polo Test and pass with a score of 90% or higher (CLICK HERE)
  3. Send water polo officiating experience resume with references to Ed Reed, CWPA Coordinator of Officials at  If no experience send water polo playing/coaching experience, be sure to include dates.
  4. File a CWPA Varsity/Club Availability Form: Will be posted once hosts are determined for that season. 
  5. If you are a beginning referee your first assignments will be at the club level with a senior CWPA official for evaluation/education. If you are an experienced referee you will be evaluated on your first assignment by a senior referee to determine your level of ability for future assignments.
  6. You are required to have a whistle and all-white attire.


  • Collegiate Club Rules Test (CLICK HERE)
  • NCAA Rules Test (CLICK HERE)
    • Officials who wish to call varsity games (and club games) during either the men’s and/or women’s seasons must register with Arbiter and pass the rules test located on that page.  Officials should register for the Arbiter site.  Officials working CWPA Varsity Games are eligible to have their membership covered by the CWPA but must register through a special portal that can be obtained by contacting the Assistant Commissioner at tracey@collegiatewaterpolo.orgAmber Drury, NCAA Coordinator of Officials maintains the Advantage website and uses it to disseminate rule changes, interpretations, points of emphasis and information from the National Evaluator Group (NEG). CWPA prepays the registration fee for varsity referees at just before the start of the fall season. There is a special link for CWPA referees to register which is not available on the website.  This prepay registration is only for officials that are scheduled for varsity games and officials should contact the league office for more information.
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