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Officials :: 2019-20 Clinics

Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) Referee Certification Clinics


NOTE: Registration opens on May 31.

Please note that online registration will close each Friday at 5 p.m. before the scheduled clinic date. Walk-ins will not be accepted. You must register before 5 p.m.

Officials should bring a functioning and charged cell phone to the clinics for the purposes of online exercises. Wifi will be available.

Should you have any issues registering online before the Friday cut-off, please contact Kelly Dalrymple (
 at 902.454.9400.

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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

How to register for Officiating Clinics 

1. Login to your eHockey account. If you do not have an eHockey account, please click on this link.
2. Click on Sign up for a clinic
3. Scroll through the dates and locations of the courses until you find one that best suits your schedule. 
Note: Do not fill in the blank spaces provided — just scroll through the date. If you are a new official, you will be prompted to register for Hockey University (HU-Officiating). This must be completed prior to being able to register for the classroom portion. The cost for HU-Officiating is $17 and is only payable by credit card. 
4. Select a clinic. At this point you will be asked what the highest level of hockey was that you have played. Please select an option. 
Note: Do not select N/A – even if you have never played hockey – please choose something. 
5. Proceed to checkout.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding clinics

Q - Do I have to pre-register for a clinic?

A - Yes. There is 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).

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. Please remember, however, 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 official, you must be 14 years of age by December 31.
  • To register as a Level 2 official, you must be 16 years of age by December 31.
  • You may register as a Level 2 official 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 two years at each level before you can advance to the next level.
  • If you have taken a year off of officiating, you must start a level below the level you previously officiated at (example: I was a Level 3 official but I took a year off. That means I have to take Level 2 clinic this year)
  • To register as a junior official, you must be 13 years of age by December 31.
  • Please note: The junior officials program is only available in some select areas. These officials can only work U9 levels of hockey.


Q - How much does the clinic cost?

A - The prices for each clinic can be found above.

Q – How do I pay?

A – You can pay by credit card online when you register for your clinic. Please note that those who show up to a clinic will not be turned away. However, those paying on the day of the clinic will not receive the $50 online registration discount.

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 or pencil, notebook, rule book and procedures manual (for Level 1 or Level 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 physical training gear?

A – No.

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

A - The clinics will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. with a half 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.

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 half 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 official must write the Hockey Canada exam. It is a closed book test and you must obtain a passing grade. For Level 1 and Level 2 officials, the passing grade is 70%. For Level 3 and Level 4, it is 80%. For Level 5 and Level 6, it is 90%.

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

A - If you are a Level 3 official or higher, you will be allowed to re-write your exam for a $25.00 fee at any subsequent clinic. You will need to contact Kelly Dalrymple ( at 902.454.9400 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 show up and write the test.

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