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Officiating - Certifications/Levels

Level 1 (2,495 officials)

  • 12 – 15 years of age as of December 31 of the current calendar year
  • Non-competitive minor hockey
  • E-learning component

Level 2 (1,511 officials)

  • Minimum of 16 years of age on or before December 31 of the current calendar year
  • 70% required on national exam (45 questions)
  • Competitive minor hockey

Level 3 (269 officials)

  • Minimum of 18 years of age on or before December 31 of the current calendar year
  • Must have been registered as Level 2 for previous two (2) consecutive years
  • Must have Referee Committee member approval to upgrade to Level 3
  • Referee minor hockey playoffs
  • 80% required on national exam (45 questions)

Level 4 (65 officials)

  • Minimum one (1) year certification at Level 3 (recommendation required)
  • If moving from Level 3 to Level 4, the clinic must be a BC Hockey upgrade seminar
  • Referee Junior B, Linesman Junior A, CIS Inter-Branch and International competitions
  • Minimum 80% on national written exam

Level 5 (23 officials)

  • Minimum one (1) year certification at Level 4 (recommendation of Above Minor Supervisor required)
  • If moving from Level 4 to Level 5, the clinic must be a BC Hockey upgrade seminar
  • Referee Junior A, Senior AAA, National Regional Championship and CIS
  • Minimum 90% on national written exam

Level 6 (7 officials)

  • Minimum one (1) year certification at Level 5 (recommendation to Hockey Canada by Branch Coordinator)
  • If moving from Level 5 to Level 6, the clinic must be a Hockey Canada National Seminar
  • Referee National Championships and IIHF International competition
  • Minimum of 90% on national written exam
  • In game evaluation

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