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Interested in becoming an official or returning for another year?

Read the info below and click HERE to be redirected to the Hockey Alberta website for Officials. 

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Barrett Richter 
Referee in Chief

Ryan Steinke
Referee Scheduler

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Minimum of *13 years old in the greater Calgary & Edmonton areas and *12 years old elsewhere (*all ages listed are as of December 31 of the current hockey season)

Prospective officials 19 years of age and older will need a Criminal Record Check (CRC). 

To register for a clinic, you must have an HCR 3.0 account



  • Register for the HU - ONLINE Officiating 1/2 this on-demand course takes approximately three hours to complete, costs approximately $25, and must be completed before registering for an in-person clinic
  • Once you have completed the HU - ONLINE Officiating 1/2 you can register for an in-person clinic. In-person clinics will consist of classroom sessions and on-ice sessions. Bring your skates, helmet (with visor), and a whistle to the in-person clinic.
  • Hockey Alberta runs about 400 in-person clinics all across the province throughout September-December annually, they cost about $130-$170 to attend and to be certified to officiate hockey.


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LEVEL 1: Prepare a young or new official to officiate minor hockey.

  • A new official (any age) or returning officials 14 years of age and younger
  • Minimum age: 12 years; Maximum age: 14

LEVEL 2: Further enhance the training and skills of minor hockey officials.

  • Officials 15 years of age or older

LEVEL 3: Prepare officials capable of refereeing minor hockey playoffs, minor hockey regional playoffs, and female national championships, or being linespersons in Junior B, C, D, Senior, and U15 or U18 regional championships.

  • Fully certified Level 2 official
  • Minimum one year of Level 2 officiating experience

LEVEL MEMBER HIGH PERFORMANCE: Prepare hockey officials capable of refereeing Senior, Junior A, B, C, D, minor hockey regional and national championships, female hockey national championships and designated minor hockey IIHF competition, or being a linesman in Major Junior, Junior A, Senior, CIS, CCAA, inter-branch, and IIHF competition.

  • Fully certified Level 3 official
  • Minimum one year of Level 3 officiating experience

LEVEL NATIONAL HIGH PERFORMANCE: Prepare competent officials to referee Major Junior, Junior A, Senior, CIS, and inter-branch playoffs.

  • Fully certified Level MHP official
  • Minimum one year of Level MHP officiating experience

*all ages listed are as of December 31 of the current hockey season.