Hockey cannot be played without officials. Officiating is the gas that gets the proverbially motor to run. For those that want to put on that striped sweater and lead the way, the following steps outline the process for you to register for the 2023-24 season
Note: All returning officials that do not require a Criminal Record Check (CRC) (17 years or younger as of December 31st of the current calendar year) or officials with a currently valid CRC can proceed directly to the Step 3.
Participant Assessment Fees (Insurance): It is mandatory for all BC Hockey officials to have Hockey Canada Insurance, which is by way of the annual participant assessment fee. If you are not otherwise registered (as outlined below) and have forgotten to purchase the participant assessment fee during clinic registration, please follow the link above to make that purchase. If you have yet to register for a clinic and require this fee, feel free to purchase during registration.
- Officials that are NOT registered as a player or team official with a BC Hockey / Hockey Canada sanctioned team for the current season ARE REQUIRED TO PAY the participant assessment fee, upon registering as an official (available for purchase during clinic registration check out).
- Officials that ARE registered as a player or team official with a BC Hockey / Hockey Canada sanctioned team ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PAY the participant assessment fee, upon registering as an official.
- The Participant assessment fee for the 2022-23 season is $47.80 & is in addition to the annual registration fee.
- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should clarification be required on any of the information above. Insurance information is available in the publication ‘Safety Requires Teamwork’ on the Hockey Canada website hockeycanada.ca
STEP 1: All NEW officials MUST complete the Hockey University (HU) - Officiating 1/2 online module. Once Hockey University is complete (including the post-module survey), any official that will be 18 years or older as of December 31 of the current calendar year MUST complete ‘Step 2’ by submitting for a Criminal Record Check. All new officials 17 year or under as of December 31 that have completed ‘Step 1’ may proceed to ‘Step 3.’ All returning officials may proceed immediately to ‘Step 2’ or ‘Step 3 as applicable.’
STEP 2: Any official without a valid Criminal Record Check (CRC) that is 18 years of age or older as of December 31 of the current calendar year must complete a CRC. A valid CRC is required prior to registering for the current season. Please see the video below regarding access to your e-hockey account to check the status of your most recent CRC. CRCs are valid for three (3) seasons.
STEP 3: With all applicable aspects of steps 1 & 2 fulfilled, officials may proceed to registering for a certification clinic. All officials will attend an in-person clinic for the 2023-24 season.
Clinics for all NEW officials will be available in-person at the local level. Please contact your Minor Hockey Association's Referee-in-Chief for officiating opportunities in your community.
Officials are required to complete certification for the 2023-24 season before they are eligible to officiate. Should an official be a returning official from the 2022-23 season, they will be permitted to officiate under that certification until they attend a clinic this season (2023-24) under last season’s certification status (expiring December 31, 2023).
Clinics for all NEW officials may be available in-person at the local level. Please contact your Minor Hockey Association's Referee-in-Chief for officiating opportunities in your community.