Level 3 Upgrade (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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The Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) Level 3 Upgrade Clinic is a one-day clinic offered annually by ALLIANCE Hockey. The clinic is open to currently registered and certified Level 2 Officials through an invitation process. The clinic is usually offered in late January and consists of on and off ice instruction.  

For information on a Level 3 certification, please review the Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) Pathway.


Officials must complete the following to receive an invite to the clinic:


1. Obtain two (2) successful ALLIANCE Hockey supervisions as referee in a Three (3)-official system at U15 BB-B/Select or above

2. Completed Pre-Test (Open Book) – Must obtain a score of 90%


All officials attending a Level 3 Upgrade Clinic must complete the following to certify.


1. In-Class/Virtual Course

2. On-Ice Testing

3. HCOP Exam – Must obtain a score of 80%

Please contact your local area Supervisor for more information.


HCOP Level 3 Upgrade Clinic - Class of 2023

Stratford, ON – Twenty-one of ALLIANCE Hockey’s top officials gathered at the Woodstock District Community Complex on Sunday, January 22, 2023, to participate in a full day of training and preparation associated with obtaining their Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) Level 3 status. The day included off-ice classroom sessions with in-depth focus on such topics as 3-Official Systems, 4-Official Systems, Positioning, Rules, Communication, etc.  


Along with the classroom component, the officials were put to the test as they completed a variety of on-ice skills testing including 40m forward and backward skating, puck shuttle, and laps. A comprehensive HCOP exam was also a component of the Level 3 Clinic.  

Thank you to ALLIANCE Hockey Officiating Program instructors, Chris Perkins (Sarnia) and Chris Faulkner (Stratford) for all your work with the in-class session. As well, thank you to Marshall Copp (TD of Officiating) who instructed the on-ice session.

Each year, a “Top Official” award is presented at the clinic to the Official who had the best combined score from the on-ice testing and the exam. Jeff Carr a member of the Cambridge Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (KMHA) achieved this recognition and received a FORCE pro referee jersey.  


Congratulations to all of the Officials for their commitment, hard work and successful participation in the clinic!