TRAINERS (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)


Hockey Trainers Certification Program

The HTCP is designed to educate people in the prevention, recognition and management of hockey-related injuries and is the only sport-specific risk management, injury management and safety education program in Ontario.

Hockey Trainers Ontario (HTO) is the administrative body responsible for overseeing the delivery of the HTCP in Ontario and works closely with its Member Associations to provide education for trainers across the province. 

The HTCP Level 1 and Level 1 Refresher e-learning courses provide a simple and convenient method of certification and are designed to be accessible from any personal computer.   It is presented as an online curriculum and includes interactive multi-media tutorials, quizzes and printable downloads.  It also enables students to access online resources and complete the learning modules at their own pace.  The online version incorporates the content of the current HTCP Level 1 curriculum and requires the participant to complete each module and successfully pass an examination at the conclusion of the course.






**All Trainer certifications expire every 3 years with a universal expiry date of August 31st, regardless of level.

HTCP Program & Clinic Overviews 

• HTCP - Level 1
The HTCP Level 1 program is the introductory level of the program which introduces the participant to the principles of injury and risk management. Topics include:

  • Purpose of the Program 
  • Fair Play Codes 
  • Hockey Trainer's Responsibilities
  • Risk Management 
  • Medical Information Files and Injury Reporting
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Bullying, Harassment and Abuse* 
  • Protective Equipment and Hygiene
  • Injury Prevention Techniques 
  • Emergency Action Plan 
  • Injury Recognition and Management 
  • Spinal Injuries and Concussions 
  • Injuries and Illness
  • Removing Players From Action/Coordinating Return to Play
  • Nutrition and Hydration, Hygiene, Performance Enhancing Drugs HIV and Hockey, Exercise Induced Bronchospasm

Re-certification: Every 3 years with a universal expiration date of August 31/yr.

No equivalencies
are permitted (see rationale below).

Age Requirement: The minimum age in which a participant can be certified as trainer in the HTCP is 16 years of age, however, the trainer must be at least 2 years older than the team age for which they are a trainer. It is highly recommended that this age group work as an assistant trainer for one (1) year prior to being allowed to take full responsibility for a team.

The Bullying, Harassment and Abuse component that is included in the HTCP is a condensed version derived from the Speak Out program. This module discusses specific topics relating to the hockey trainer, however, it is not a substitute for the RIS-Activity Leader Course.


Current Eligibility:  This course is currently available to participants whose HTCP certification expires between April 1 - August 31, 2022 (or beyond).
If your HTCP Level 1 certification expired prior to this period, you are not eligible and will be unable to register for the online refresher course.   
Those who qualify for the HTCP Refresher have until October 31 of the eligible year (as noted above) to register for the course otherwise, you will be eligible for the full Level 1 course.

NOTE: Effective November 1st of each year, the eligibility period changes to April 1st of the following year (next applicable expiry period). 


Hockey Trainers Certification Program (HTCP) - Level 1 Equivalency Policy Rationale 

In the past, the Hockey Trainers Certification Program did provide for those individuals with specific medical skills and training,
equivalency into the HTCP Level I only.  On September 10, 1994 the HDCO Trainers committee enacted a rule change that equivalencies would no longer be granted into the Level I program and as a result all participants are required to successfully complete the Level I program in order to attain their Hockey Trainers Certification in the Province of Ontario. 

The rationale for this policy change is that the HTCP Level I program is fundamentally non-medical in nature and therefore the program would not recognize medical training of any kind as an equivalency.  Secondly, the HTCP Level I includes sports specific non-medical components that are not necessarily covered in a medical or para-medical program. 

The HTCP does recognize that the medical or para-medical training of some individuals participating in the Level I program is higher than what is required by the introductory program. However, the introductory program emphasizes risk management and safety education as well as other components non-medical in nature, which are vital to all participants to ensure the safety of all players.  These include:   

·          Trainer’s Role and Responsibilities – What is required from a volunteer hockey trainer

·          Code of Ethics and Fair Play Codes – Definition of Codes

·          Risk Management  - What is the role of the volunteer hockey trainer

·          Abuse and Harassment – Definitions, Policy, Disclosure and Prevention Guidelines for the hockey trainer

·          Emergency Action Plan – How to activate the EAP in response to an emergency

·          Protective Equipment & Fitting – Equipment Standards

·          Injury Data Collection Program – Overview of Form and collection of information

·          Return to Play Policies and Guidelines - MD’s written permission to return to play

·          Insurance and Other Forms - Liabilities of a volunteer trainer in the arena 

The HTCP also recognizes those individuals who have attained certain medical qualifications, which are deemed of a higher qualification than that of Standard First Aid.  Those individuals having full accreditation in these recognized professions are able to apply for HTCP Level II status once they have successfully completed the Level I program.  

The HTCP encourages individuals that have specific medical backgrounds to become involved as a team trainer as they can also offer a wide variety of technical expertise.  The goal of the HTCP is to educate and inform the participant on ever-changing situations that face the volunteer trainer of today and tomorrow.  The HTCP Level I is a positive experience that is beneficial to everyone!    

The Level 2 is the recognition of a current Level 1 trainer who has obtained a (minimum) Standard or Advanced First Aid. 
Emergency First Aid is not accepted as a Level 2 upgrade/renewal. 

The First Aid card must also be valid for the entire hockey season (September to April).  Expiration dates will vary according to the
guidelines established by the First Aid provider.  In order to maintain this level, you must keep your First Aid current and provide proof of re-certification prior to the expiry date on your trainers ID card.   

The HTCP also recognizes those individuals who have certain medical qualifications which are deemed of a higher qualification than that of a standard First Aid.  Those individuals having full accreditation in the following areas are able to apply for HTCP Level 2 status once they have successfully completed the Level 1 program:  Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Physical Therapist, Athletic Therapist (CATA C.), Ambulance Attendant, Paramedic, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Dentist, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Podiatrist and *Military Medic (*all qualifications must be licensed in Canada).  In all circumstances the individual must provide proof of qualification to the ALLIANCE Hockey Office for proper certification to be issued.



Trainer Resources 

• Trainer Responsibilities

• HC Injury Report Form

• Return to Play Form

• HTO Resources & Downloads

• Hockey Canada Safety Forms & Downloads

Concussion Resources 

• Hockey Canada Concussion Policy

• Hockey Canada Concussion Awareness

• Hockey Canada Concussion Card

• Concussion Recognition Tool(CRT6)

• Concussions Canada

• OHL Concussion Video

• Rowan's Law

• OHF - Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Process

• OHF - Rowan's Law Acknowledgement Form