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Officials :: 2018-19 Clinics

Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) Referee Certification Clinics

Click here for information on how to register for officiating clinics.


NOTE: Registration opens on May 31.

Please note that online registration will close each Wednesday before the scheduled clinic date. After this time, you will not be eligible to receive the online registration discount fee.

Should you have any issues registering online before the Wednesday cut-off, please contact Sarah Holman at or 902.454.9400.

September 2018
All clinics run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

September 8 - NSCC Akerley Campus (Dartmouth)
September 8 - NSCC Marconi Campus (Sydney)
September 8 - NSCC Burridge Campus (Yarmouth)
September 9 - Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre (Port Hawkesbury)
September 15 - NSCC Akerley Campus (Dartmouth)
September 15 - NSCC Truro Campus (Truro)
September 16 - St. FX University Keating Centre (Antigonish)
September 22 - Acadia University BAC Building (Wolfville) 
September 22 - NSCC Pictou Campus (Stellarton)
September 23 - NSCC Lunenburg Campus (Bridgewater)
September 29 - NSCC Cumberland Campus (Springhill)
September 29 - NSCC Akerley Campus (Dartmouth)
September 30 - NSCC Marconi Campus (Sydney)

October 2018
All clinics run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

October 13 - NSCC Akerley Campus (Dartmouth)
October 15 - 14 Wing Greenwood Sports and Fitness Centre (Greenwood)

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LEVEL 1 (NEW) $145.00
LEVEL 2 (NEW) $160.00
LEVEL 3 $165.00
LEVEL 4 $225.00
LEVEL 5 $265.00
LEVEL 6 $315.00

Frequently Asked Questions regarding clinics

Q - Do I have to preregister for a clinic?

A - Yes. There is now an online system where you will have to register for a clinic for the 2018-19 season (you should have a Hockey Canada ID number then you go online to register). You must check with your local Referee-in-Chief (RIC) to ensure there is room for you in their association. This list can be found under Officiating Contacts.

Q - Do I have to attend the clinic that’s being held in my town or district?

A - No. You may attend any clinic held anywhere in the branch that best fits your schedule. However please remember that you must pre-register for your clinic online. If you do attend an out of district clinic, let your RIC know so they will be able to keep you on their active officials list.

Q - What level should I register for?

A - To register as a level 1 you must be 14 years of age by Dec. 31.
  • To register as a level 2 official you must be 16 years of age by Dec. 31.
  • You may register as a level 2 if you are 16 without any previous experience if you pass the exam.
  • Hockey Nova Scotia requires that you remain an official for a minimum of 2 years at each level before you can advance to the next level.
  • If you have taken a year off of officiating you must start one level below what then what you were registered at (ex – level 3 took a year off, I have to take level 2 this year)
  • To register as a junior official you must be 13 years of age by Dec. 31.
  • Please note: The junior officials program is only available in some select areas. These officials can only work novice levels of hockey.


Q - How much does the clinic cost?

A - This is online under clinics.

Q – How do I pay?

A – By credit card online. However, those who show up to a clinic will not be turned. Walk in registration has a strict CASH ONLY policy.

Q - Do I need my skates or gear for the clinic?

A - No, you do not need any officiating gear for the clinic. You must bring a pen/pencil, notebook, rule book and procedures manual (for Level 1 or 2 if you have it). Everyone will be provided a new rule book/case book this year.

Q - Do I need to bring any gym gear or PT (physical training) gear?

A – No. You will be informed of the change in fitness goals at each clinic

Q - What time can I expect start and finish the clinic?

A - Registration for all full-day clinics will begin at 9:00 a.m. The clinics will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and run until 3 p.m., with a ½ hour break for lunch.

Q - I have a game at 3 p.m. Can I leave early?

A - NO! Hockey Canada mandates that in order to be certified, you must attend the full clinic, and you must obtain a passing grade on your exam. It is YOUR responsibility to clear your schedule of conflicts. Clinic dates are posted early enough so that you can plan your time accordingly.

Q - Will lunch be provided at these clinics?

A - No. You will be responsible for bringing your own lunch. Participants should bring a lunch as the ½ hour lunch break will not be enough time for you to leave the premises for a meal.

Q - Is there a test? And what mark do I need?

A - Yes. Every level official must write the hockey Canada exam. It is a closed book test and you must obtain a passing grade. For level one and two officials it is 70%. Three and four officials is 80%, five and six officials is 90%.

Q - What do I do if I fail the test?

A - If you are a level 3 or higher, you will be allowed to rewrite your exam for a $25.00 fee at any subsequent clinic. You will need to contact Sarah Holman at immediately and you also need to have the instructor send in a copy of your test. You can then make arrangements at a later clinic to simply show up to write the test.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact me at


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