HCOP Entry Level (New Official) Clinic Overview (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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New Officials - How to get Started

Individuals interested in getting started in the Referee Program should contact their local Referee Association for information on becoming a referee in their centre.  Clinics specifically designed for New Officials are scheduled by the local Referee Associations in the Fall on an annual basis.  Once you become registered with your local Referee Association, they will send you to a new referee clinic information and the link to the Hockey Canada University Online Officiating Course that is required to be completed prior to attending the in-class session.  A listing of local Associations is on the ALLIANCE Hockey homepage along the top - click on a logo to be re-directed to the local Association website.  If you are still having trouble finding your local Referee Association, contact the ALLIANCE Hockey Office by clicking here.


Certification at all levels, except Level I, is a two-part process involving clinical and practical assessment. From the point of view of the clinic, the official must attend all sessions and must obtain the minimum mark on the examination.

Once certified, it is essential that an official continue to update and be completely familiar with new rule interpretations and officiating techniques. To maintain one's present level of certification, an individual must attend a full Hockey Canada officiating program clinic and write a national examination every year with appropriate passing mark.

An individual must be at least 16 years of age to be certified at Level II or higher.

An individual will not be eligible to advance more than one level of the Hockey Canada officiating program per season, except for Levels I and II.

Criminal Records Check
Criminal Record Centralization Process
The submission of these documents is the responsibility of the On-Ice Official (referees and linesmen) and will only be accepted at either the time of the officiating clinic, officiating school, or when submitted directly to the Ontario Hockey Federation. The method of submission is dependent on your Member.

Eligibility to Officiate
With the 2020-2021 officiating season approaching it is imperative for Officials to ensure their eligibility to access the program.

Due to changes imposed by the new Police Record Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) legislation, effective November 1st, 2018, a police check for persons under 18 years of age UNLESS applying for a position with a government agency (federal, provincial or municipal), will not be processed. 
Therefore, applicants under the age of 18 will not be required to obtain a Police Record Check OR signing of a declaration form is not required.

On Ice Officials 18 years of age and over are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check (VSS).

The renewal period for your VSS will be every 3 years. (Example: Year one VSS, year two Criminal Offence Declaration Form, year three Criminal Offence Declaration Form and year four VSS.) All On Ice Officials must adhere to this Policy.

There will be two ways to submit your record check:

1. If you are a first-time official attending a clinic or Officiating School, you would submit at the clinic or Officiating School in
            a sealed envelope, with your full name printed on front.

2. If you do not have your VSS at the time of your clinic or Officiating School and have initiated the process please submit
            the receipt in a sealed envelope, with your name on the front at your clinic or Officiating School.  Please see the process
            below on how to submit your record check once received.

Methods of submission are fax, scan or mail. If by fax or scan (PDF), and it is not deemed a true copy the original will be requested to be mailed. By Fax to 519-620-7476, by scan to [email protected], or by Mail to address below (no pictures will be accepted).

When you receive your VSS document please forward directly to the OHF office:
Ontario Hockey Federation,
Unit 9, 400 Sheldon Drive,
Cambridge, Ontario N1T 2H9
Attention: Criminal Record Check Inspector

If the on ice official is deemed ineligible through review of their VSS, they will be notified.


Any questions may be directed to the OHF office. 
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