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HCOP Clinics 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR: ONLINE CLINICS - All Returning Officils - Full BC Hockey Membership 

Local MHA in-person clinics will be reserved for NEW officials and begin mid-Fall (2020). 

Some returning officials' clinic may become available at the local level (in-person) later this Fall.

REMINDER: Officials are required to complete certification for the 2020-2021 season before they are elgible to officiate. Online clinics are reserved for RETURNING officials and will be approximately 2.5 hours in length. To review the pre-requisites for 2020-2021 registration, please visit the officiating GETTING STARTED PAGE.

Clinics for al NEW officials will be available in-person at the local level in late October 2020. please contact your Minor Hockey Association's Referee-in-Chief for officiating opportunities in your community. 

  1. East Kootenay
  2. West Kootenay
  3. North Okanagan
  4. South Okanagan
  5. Lower Mainland
  6. Vancouver Island
  7. North Central
  8. North West
  9. North East Yukon

The 2019 - 2020 clinic season is now closed. Clinics for 2020 - 2021 certification will be posted mid-August 2020.


Practical Requirements

Other Requirements


  • Level I or II dependent upon age

I (1)

  • Prepare officials to officiate
  • Recreational minor hockey
  • Attendance at Level 1 Clinic
  • 12 – 15 years old

II (2)

  • Referee “Recreational to Competitive” minor
  • Linesman all levels of Minor Hockey
  • Attendance at Level 2 Clinic
  • Minimum of 70% on national exam
  • Minimum 16 years of age

All Officials 18 years or older as of December 31st must have a valid Criminal Record Check (CRC) prior to registration. NOTE: CRC submissions may take multiple weeks to be verified and updated on your Hockey Canada Profile.

III (3)

  • Referee “Elite” Minor playoffs and Regionals
  • Linesperson Female National Championships
  • Linesmen Junior B, Senior and Inter-collegiate
  • Must be fully certified at Level 2 for at least one (1) season
  • Attendance at Level 3 Clinic
  • Minimum 80% on a national exam
  • Requires recommendation from a officiating delivery group member

IV (4)

  • Referee Junior B, Senior and Inter-collegiate
  • Referee Female National Championships
  • Linesman Junior A, Senior AAA, U-Sport, Inter-Branch, National and International Competition
  • Previous certification at Level 3
  • Attendance at Branch Level 4 Seminar
  • Minimum 80% on national written exam

V (5)

  • Referee Female IIHF (National Seminar)
  • Referee Junior A, Senior AAA, USport
  • Referee Inter-Branch Playoffs
  • Previous certification at Level 4
  • Attendance at Level 5 Seminar
  • Minimum 90% on a national written exam

VI (6)

  • Referee National Championship
  • Referee designated IIHF Competition
  • Certification at Level 5
  • Attendance at Level 6 National Seminar
  • Minimum 90% on a national written exam


Note: The above are minimum level requirements.  Where possible, minor officials should be at least one (1) year older than the players participating. Being certified at any one (1) level does not necessarily mean that an individual will be able to officiate all categories of hockey defined at that level. Conversely, an official does not have to officiate all categories of hockey defined at a certain level in order to gain certification.

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