Officiating Program

Certification Level I

Certification Level II

Certification Level III

Certification Level IV

Certification Level V

Certification Level VI

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Certification at all levels, except level 1, 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 a 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 official must participate in a Hockey Canada officiating program clinic, write a national examination and achieve an appropriate passing mark every year.

 

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.

 

Level System

 

This section will provide you with all of the information necessary to get your officiating career started.

 

The level system, Level I through Level VI, is the foundation for the training and development of amateur hockey officials across Canada.  Hockey Canada has categorized the hockey played in Canada into four basic streams, each with different priorities.

 

They include:

 

  • Initiation
  • Recreational
  • Competitive
  • Program of Excellence

 

The Hockey Canada Officiating Program has opportunities for everyone from the initiation at Level I, through to the Program of Excellence at Level V and Level VI.

 

PURPOSE

 

  • To prepare a young or new official to officiate Minor Hockey.

 

REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION

 

  • An individual is certified at Level I with attendance and completion of a Level I clinic.
  • Completion of a national examination, to be marked and returned prior of clinic.

 

DELIVERY

 

  • Minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction.
  • May be presented over two evenings, or on a Saturday and Sunday.

 

NOTE

 

  • Upon completion of the Level I requirements, the official should receive a certificate and a card.
  • There are over 13,000 Level I officials registered annually.
  • Minimum age requirements may be set by individual branches.

 

PURPOSE

 

  • To further enhance the training and skills of Minor Hockey officials.

 

REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION

 

  • A person must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age to obtain Level II status.
  • Must attend and participate in all sessions of a Level II clinic.
  • Must obtain a minimum of 70% on a written national examination, to be marked and returned prior to the completion of the clinic.
  • Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program Supervisor.

 

DELIVERY

 

  • Minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction.
  • May be presented over two evenings, or on a Saturday or Sunday.

 

NOTE

 

  • A novice official, seventeen (17) years of age or older, may obtain Level I and Level II certification in one year based on ability.  This is the only opportunity within the Hockey Canada Officiating Program to accomplish two levels in one year.  This is designed to encourage persons with playing or coaching expertise to consider officiating.
  • Upon successful completion of the clinic, examination and on-ice supervision, the official should receive a Level II sticker and certification card.
  • There are over 10,000 Level II officials registered annually.

 

PURPOSE

 

  • To prepare officials capable of officiating Minor Hockey playoffs, Minor Hockey Regional Playoffs and Female National Championships, or being Linesmen in Junior B, C, D, Senior and Bantam or Midget Regional Championships.

 

REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION

 

  • Must be fully certified at Level II and officiate one year at that level.
  • Must attend and participate in all sessions at a Level III clinic.
  • Must obtain a minimum of 80% on a written national examination, to be marked and returned prior to completion of the clinic.
  • Must be judged capable of refereeing in Minor Hockey Playoffs.
  • Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program Supervisor.

 

DELIVERY

 

  • Minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction.
  • An official at Level III will have a thorough knowledge of the playing rules and the role of an official.  Similar delivery options as in Level II although Level III is generally presented in one day.

 

NOTE

 

  • Upon successful completion of Level III, the official should receive a Level III sticker and certification card.
  • There are over 5,000 Level III officials registered annually.

 

PURPOSE

 

  • To prepare hockey officials capable of referring Senior, Junior A, B, C, D, Minor Hockey Regional and National Championships, Female Hockey National Championships and designated Minor Hockey IIHF competition, or being a linesman in Major Junior, Junior A, Senior, CIAU, CCAA, Inter-Branch and IIHF competition.

 

REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION

 

  • Must be fully certified at Level III and referee one year at that level.
  • Attendance at Level IV will be by Branch invitation only.
  • Certification at Level III does not automatically make one eligible for Level IV.
  • Must attend and participate in all sessions of a Level IV clinic.
  • Must obtain a minimum of 80% on a written national examination.
  • Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program Supervisor.
  • Must be capable of officiating in any one of the categories as listed under purpose.  When an official fails the practical on-ice evaluation, certification will not be validated, however, the official may request a second evaluation.  The second evaluation will be done at Branch convenience but at no extra cost to the Branch.

 

DELIVERY

 

  • Minimum of fourteen (14) hours of instruction usually presented over an entire weekend.

 

NOTE

 

  • Upon successful completion of Level IV, the official should receive a Level IV sticker and certification card.
  • There are over 900 Level IV officials registered annually.

 

PURPOSE

 

  • To prepare competent officials to referee in Major Junior, Junior A, Senior, CIAU, and Inter-Branch Playoffs.

 

REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION

 

  • Must be fully certified at Level IV and referee one year at that level.
  • Attendance at Level V will be by Branch invitation only.  Must attend and participate in all sessions at a Level V clinic.
  • Must obtain a minimum of 90% on a written national examination.
  • Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program Supervisor.
  • Must undergo fitness and skating tests.
  • Must be capable of officiating in one of the categories as listed under purpose.

 

DELIVERY

 

  • Minimum of fourteen (14) hours of instruction usually presented over an entire weekend.

 

NOTE

 

  • All officials reaching Level V are required to pass an annual written national examination and fitness tests to qualify for Inter-Branch assignments.
  • Upon successful completion of Level V, the official should receive a Level V sticker and certification card.
  • There are over 200 Level V officials registered annually.

 

 

PURPOSE

 

  • To prepare competent officials capable of refereeing at National Championship finals and designated IIHF competition (i.e. Memorial Cup, Royal Bank Cup, Allan Cup, Hardy Cup, University Cup, CCAA finals, World Championships, Olympics, FISU Games).

 

CERTIFICATION

 

  • Branch nominations are submitted to the Hockey Canada National Office and are reviewed by an established selection committee.
  • Must be fully certified at Level V (including fitness tests) and referee one year at that level.
  • Must attend and participate in all levels of a Level VI clinic.  Must obtain a minimum of 90% on a written national examination.
  • Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a National Supervisor.
  • Must complete a written assignment assigned by the Hockey Canada Referee-in-Chief.

 

DELIVERY

 

  • Level VI clinics are held based on National need for Level VI's.  The Hockey Canada Manager, Officiating, is responsible for the organization of the site and program, establishing criteria and review of the candidates' qualifications.
  • Minimum of four (4) days of instruction.
  • Attempts are made to stage the clinic in conjunction with a major training program or early in the season requesting cooperation from local leagues so officials are able to work scrimmages or games.

 

NOTE

 

  • All officials reaching Level VI are required to pass an annual written national examination and fitness tests to qualify for Inter-Branch, National and International assignments.
  • There are over 70 Level VI officials registered annually.

 

 

JOIN THE BARRIE HOCKEY REFEREE'S ASSOCIATION

 

Individuals interested in officiating Minor Hockey must review the following information.  As with any form of employment, officials are selected based on an application process dependent upon the needs of the Barrie Hockey Referee's Association.

 

Specific Criteria/Requirements:

 

  • Minimum age of 14 on or before December 31st of the current calendar year.
  • Officials who are also players and who have a known history of verbally abusing referees; will not be considered. Additionally, players known to have a history of incurring playing suspensions will also be turned down as rules dictate that players, while under suspension are not eligible to referee. These cases will be examined on a case-by-case basis by the Referee-in-Chief.
  • Officiating requires a great deal of time and flexibility. Players at the Competitive level may not be suited for this due to the time commitments required by their respective teams.
  • New officials are required to be available a minimum of two weekends per month and must attend mandatory mentoring sessions and meetings.

 

Training Requirements:

 

  • All new officials must attend and certify at an OMHA Clinic.
  • Officials selected to officiate with the Barrie Hockey Referee's Association MUST attend a BHRA on-ice session.

 

Application Process:

 

  • Submit Online Application
  • Participate in an on-ice skating session.
  • Attend and participate in an information session.
  • Applications received before March 15th will be considered for the next season.  All others will be held on file.  Our goal is to have the process completed by April 30th to all for clinic registrations.

 

NOTE:  Candidates MUST participate in all three steps in order to be considered for membership.

 

Experienced Officials/Transfers from Other Areas:

 

  • Complete application form.
  • Email the BHRA Chair after applying.

 

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