Clinic Schedule & Information
The Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) requires that every official complete a certification program each season in order to officiate. As such, Hockey Eastern Ontario offers a variety of clinic dates and formats for officials to certify at the beginning of each season.
Hockey Eastern Ontario breaks the certification process down into two (2) main categories:
- New Officials: New officials (regardless of age and level) are required to complete an online course through Hockey University, attend a four (4) hour in-person clinic, as well as attend a one (1) hour on-ice session. A new official will not be able to sign up for their in-person clinic until they have fully completed the Hockey University program. A new official must register for an in-person clinic specifically marked for new officials. (*Official - Entry Level CLinic)
- Returning Officials: Level I - VI Officials All returning officials (you’ve officiated one or more seasons) are required to complete an online clinic which will cover their certification for the up-coming season. Officials can sign up and pay for the clinic at a time of their choosing and complete the certification program before Septemebr 30th at 11:59. Any official who has not completed the online certification by that time will not be eligible to officiating within Hockey Eastern Ontario for the coming season.
To help you determine which level to take, click here for more information on the level system.
Pre-Registration: Officials are required to pre-register and pay for their clinic before attending the clinic. Officials are not permitted to show up the day of the clinic with payment. Officials who are not pre-registered will not be granted access to the clinic and will be asked to pre-registered, pay and attend another clinic.
New officials: Officials who are brand new (never officiated before) or returning after an absence from officiating in the HEO must first have approval from their local Referee-in-Chief to take a clinic before signing up. Many districts run a try-out for new officials so you are encouraged to contact your local Referee-in-Chief as quickly as possible to discuss your interest in joining the officiating program. Please check out the New Officials page for further information.
Upgrading your certification: Officials who are eligible to upgrade from Level I to Level II may do so by registering for a Level II clinic in the fall, provided that they meet all eligibility requirements for Level II certification.
Registering for a clinic: In order to register for a clinic, an official will need to have previously created an eHockey account. If you have not done so before and need instructions on how to do so, please view the How-To document here.