FAQ - Clinics/Registration

1. How old do I have to be to start refereeing?

You must be 13 as of December 31 (of the current year). An exception in the rural communities may be made based on the need for officials. In this case you can be 12. However, you must contact your coordinator first and then the referee coordinator in that rural community must get the approval of the Regional Coordinator and be able to justify why he needs the official. If you are 12 you cannot just show up to a clinic without prior Region Coordinator approval.

2. What level do I register?

If you are 16 as of December 31 (of the current year), you register as a Level 2. If you are 13-15 years, as of December 31 (of the current year), you register as a Level 1.

3. What is the cut off date for me to sign up for a clinic?

The sign up process is closed 10 days prior to your clinic. Please ensure you are signed up for the clinic of your choice prior to the cut off date.

4. If I was a Level 2 last year, can I register as a Level 3 this year?

No, unless you have been approved by your Region. You would have received a letter or a phone call prior to this season starting. When in doubt, ask the Region Coordinator.

5. Do I need to attend a clinic every year?


6. Can I referee before I take a clinic?

If you were certified last year you are allowed to officiate up to December 15. At that point, if you have not re-certified you cannot continue to officiate. If you are a new official or were not certified the previous year, you cannot step onto the ice to officiate until you have completed a clinic.

7. Do I pay insurance?

If you are a player or coach under Hockey Canada, you do not need to pay the insurance as you have paid it with your hockey registration fees. If you play Adult (Oldtimers hockey), you are probably not covered under Hockey Canada and you will need to purchase the insurance. If you do not play or coach, insurance is mandatory.

8. What type of clinic can I attend?
1 Day New Officials (minimum age of 13) or Returning Officials who are 13-15 years old as of December 31
1 Day Returning Officials (Junior) who are at least 16 as of Dec. 31 who are going into their 2nd to 5th year of officiating
1 Day Returning Officials (Senior) who are at least 18 as of Dec. 31 who are going into at least their 5th year of officiating
1 Day Returning Officials (Junior/Senior)
1 Day New or Returning Officials (All Officials). These clinics are normally held in rural communities

9. Do I need to bring a lunch?


10. What is the ice session?

For all one-day clinics for new officials or for 13-15 year old returning officials, there will be an ice session in the mid-afternoon of your clinic. They are a minimum of 1 hour. The time and location will be on the clinic schedule tab. Your instructors will also let you know the time and place first thing in the morning. All officials must take part in the ice session. This is where we will do drills that will help you understand proper positioning, signaling, penalty calling, icings and offside. There will be some skating drills as skating is an integral part of officiating. Bring skates, whistle, helmet with visor. Wear comfortable clothing (wearing your referee jersey is an option). You are required to have your own transportation to the ice session.

11. Can I miss any time?

We realize that most of our officials are also players. However, attending class is an important part of your development. As we have now gone to all on day clinics, you cannot miss any time or leave early. There is an exam and it is administered at the end of the day (3:30 pm). Plan your attendance accordingly. This is a job and needs to be treated as such. Training is paramount to your success.

12. Do I need to pass the exam?

If you are writing a Level 2 or higher exam, there are passing grades that need to be achieved. Thus it is a good idea to come to class prepared. Read your rule book and listen to your instructors. If you are writing a Level 1 exam, you just need to complete the exam. However you should still strive to get the best mark you can. The better you understand the rules, the better you will be on the ice.

13. How much does it cost to start officiating?

Please consult the 2020-21 Summary of Fees.

14. How can I pay my fees?

Payment can only be done online using a credit card when you register for your clinic.

15. How many games will I officiate a week?

This is a tough question to answer as it all depends on how many officials are in your community and how often you make yourself available. Please contact your assignor or referee in chief and ask them this same question to ensure that your services are needed

16. Supplies?

Your Hockey Alberta crest, Hockey Canada shoulder patch, and Hockey Canada Casebook are included in your clinic registration fee.