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Referee Education

Officials perform a vital role in the game at all levels are the third team on the ice, without whom the game would not happen. The Hockey Canada Officiating Program is for anyone interested in officiating the game of hockey, from beginners to seasoned veterans. There are six levels in the Officiating program, from those looking to get started to the top tier of officials.

The lower levels are designed to get you started in officiating, while the higher levels are open to officials who have advanced through the lower levels and show potential to work the top levels of hockey in Canada, and Internationally.


Notice of Recertification/Registration has been issued to all currently registered OMHA Officials.  If you have not yet received your notification for Recertification, please contact Eric Ensing ( at the OMHA Office.

This year all registration will be completed online as in the past.

ALL officials will be required to complete online modules, which include the National Exam.

Level I and II Officials will be required to complete this before attendance at a mandatory in-class clinic.

For Level III and above Officials, there is no mandatory in-class clinic attendance.  All officials in this category MUST complete the online modules as well as pass the National Exam with the required mark.  There will be a limited number of optional in-class clinics available for Level III and above officials who may wish to attend, and completion of the online portion will remain a prerequisite.

Getting Started

For new Officials or those interested in getting started, you will need to attend an HCOP Entry Level certification clinic but before you do, contact your local Minor Hockey Association to find out of there is demand for new officials, when games will take place and how this fits your schedule. A participant must be a minimum of 14 years of age to enter the program.

2016 HCOP Entry Level Clinics



The OMHA Cross-Over fee is $52.00 for all officials. Cross-Over Registration with the OMHA must include Payment, proof of Recertification, proof of Speak Out Certification or on-line equivalent Respect in Sport / Activity Leader Program, and a Criminal Offence Declaration Form or Criminal Record Check with VSS. The cut off date to have all Cross-over registrations to the OMHA office is October 31st. Registrations must be submitted to the OMHA office in order to be eligible to skate the 2016-17 season.

Off-Ice Officials

This 3 hour clinic provides instruction to individuals filling the important role of the Off-Ice Official in the Timekeeper box in local Arenas throughout the OMHA. Curriculum includes Hockey Canada and OMHA Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures. Roles and Responsibilities of the Off-Ice Official, including pre-game and post-game will also be covered in the Clinic. For further information, including hosting an Off-Ice Officials Clinic, contact the OMHA Office.


If you have been registered in hockey previously as a Player, Coach, Official, or Trainer you can access your profile on the Hockey Canada Registry by establishing an eHockey account. Click on the following document to set up access.

OMHA Officials e-Learning Site

The OMHA Officials e-learning site provides OMHA Officials with resources and updates throughout the season from Hockey Canada, OHF and the OMHA as well as and interactive components designed to assist with course/clinic preparation and rule clarification.