For an event to be licensed by the ASA it must meet certain criteria (regarding, for example, officials and time keeping) which are assessed when the meet organisers make their application. From a swimmer's perspective the most important points to note are that to qualify for the:

 

National Championships a qualifying time must have been achieved between set dates at an ASA Licensed Level 1 or Level 2 meet. 

 

Regional Championships a qualifying time must have been achieved between set dates at an ASA Licensed Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 meet.