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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.

OHF Policy & Procedures for Criminal Record Checks / Vulnerable Sector Screening 

Eligibility to Officiate
With the 2018-2019 officiating season approaching it is imperative for Officials to ensure their eligibility to access the program.  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. If you do not have your CRC or 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.
  2. If recertifying, you must submit to the OHF prior to registering on line. If you do not have your CRC or VSS prior to registering for a recertification clinic and have initiated the process, please submit the receipt directly to the OHF office. This is a condition of being able to access the registration process.

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 CRC/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

Once submitted the On Ice Official is considered a member in good standing for the current officiating season, unless deemed ineligible through review of the CRC/VSS.  

On Ice Officials under the age of 18 are required to submit a Criminal Record Check, (CRC). On Ice Officials 18 years of age and over are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check (VSS).

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

Criminal Offence Declaration Form
This form is to be completed by officials who have a CRC/VSS on file and has not expired, and must be completed in full, signed, and submitted to the OHF office.

Officials are encouraged to log onto their eHockey account to verify their expiration date under the CRC Tab on their profile.

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