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2023-24 HOCKEY PEI OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION CLINICS

Updated: Sep 25, 2023

by Hockey PEI Communications // @HockeyPEI // Sunday, September 24th, 2023

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Hockey PEI Officiating Committee has released its Officials Certification Clinic Schedule for the 2023-24 season:

  • Sunday, September 10th, 2023 - Member High Performance - Credit Union Place, Summerside - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Live on Demand until December 31st, 2023 - Hockey University 1/2 - Virtual Clinic - First year officials only.

  • Sunday, October 1st, 2023 - Level 3 - Quality Inn & Suites, Summerside (Meeting RM 1) - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, October 15th, 2023 - Level 3 - Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown (Boardroom 1) - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Saturday, October 28th, 2023 - Level 1-2 - Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown (Boardroom 1) - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, October 29th, 2023 - Level 1-2 - Credit Union Place, Summerside (VCC) - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, November 5th, 2023 - Level 3 - Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, Montague - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, November 12th, 2023 - Level 3 - St. Felix Community Centre, Tignish - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, November 19th, 2023 - Level 1-2 - Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre, Montague - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, November 26th, 2023 - Level 1-2 - Tyne Valley Events Centre - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, December 3rd, 2023 - Level 1-3 - Credit Union Place, Summerside (VCC) - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Sunday, December 10th, 2023 - Level 1-3 - Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown (Boardroom 1) - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Frequently asked questions can be answered below by reading the Hockey Canada Officiating Pathway. Officials must be fully certified with their in person clinic taken along with exam submitted prior to December 31st of the calendar year to the be considered certified.



Hockey University 1/2 Online Certification: Must be completed by all first-year Level 1 Officials. Once it is completed once and the official has passed, they no longer have to take it moving forward in seasons following thereafter.


LEVEL 1: Officials must be a minimum of 12 years of age as of December 31 of the current season. Note: Members that have requests by individuals wishing to start at 11 years of age may permit entry at their discretion, but these officials will be limited to cross-ice hockey until they reach the age of 12. Officials will be eligible to officiate at levels of play that are one age group below their current age category (i.e. a 12-year old can officiate at the U11 level and below). Note: A Member may advance an official to a higher age group if they have shown a high level of skill, proficiency and maturity and is recommended by the Member officiating development program for advancement. Officials are encouraged to check with their local hockey association and Member officiating development program prior to registering to ensure space availability and confirm any unique registration steps.


LEVEL 2: Officials must be a minimum 15 years of age as of December 31 of the current season OR have successfully officiated for two years at Level 1 and shown to have the skills and maturity to advance to Level 2 with approval of the Member officiating development program. Officials may begin at Level 2 provided they are a minimum 15 years of age as of December 31 of the current season. Note: Members should consider the official’s age and playing/ coaching background to apply such exceptions. Officials will be eligible to officiate at levels of play that are at minimum one age group below their current age (i.e. a 15-year- old can officiate at the U13 level and below). New Level 2 officials who are a minimum 18 years old may be assigned any hockey for which they are considered capable in the recreational category, or at lower levels of competitive, at the discretion of the Member officiating development program.


LEVEL 3: Advancement to Level 3 comes through a recommendation from the Member officiating development program. Members are encouraged to progress top officials into Level 3 when they are ready, regardless of the length of time they have been a Level 2 official. Officials who feel they are ready may also request advancement through their local hockey association referee-in-chief and or Member officiating development program. Officials entering Level 3 will have very good skating and communication skills, able to execute at a high level the procedures, positioning, penalty standards and game management.


MEMBER HIGH PERFORMANCE: Officials invited to the MHP group should have competent skating, communication and game management skills. The program is delivered in a camp format outlined by Hockey Canada (15-20 hours). It will include: Classroom instruction, Workgroup study and development sessions, On-ice skating assessment, Off-ice fitness assessment and Written officiating exam. Members may promote top-level officials into the MHP group regardless of the length of time as an active official within the Hockey Canada Officiating Program. Note: Although this is an invite-only program, officials who feel they are ready may also request advancement through their local hockey association referee-in-chief and Member officiating development program.


NATIONAL HIGH PERFORMANCE: The National High Performance (NHP) group is the assembly of the top officials within the Hockey Canada Officiating Program. Officials selected as members of the group will have excelled within their Member programs and are working at the highest levels of play available. As part of the NHP group, officials are eligible for assignments at Hockey Canada national championships, and top-ranked officials may be eligible for IIHF licensing and potential international assignments. Selection into the NHP group begins with a nomination from the Member officiating development program. Nominations are reviewed by Hockey Canada Officiating Program leadership to ensure all minimum qualifications and standards are met. Nominated officials are then considered for potential invitation, by the Hockey Canada referee-in-chief and a national officiating advisory committee, to attend the national certification seminar. In order for officials to remain in the NHP or be nominated for entrance into the group, they will be the top officials within their Member programs. In addition, those officials must be consistently active in the top levels of the game as identified by their Member and Hockey Canada. Officials that have reached the NHP stage but are no longer active at the top levels of play as identified by their Member and Hockey Canada are recommended to register as a Member High Performance official.


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Hockey PEI is the governing body for organized hockey in Prince Edward Island. Hockey PEI’s main purpose is to foster, promote, develop, supervise, regulate, and govern the sport of amateur hockey throughout Prince Edward Island. For more on Hockey PEI and its programs visit www.hockeypei.com or follow through social media on Facebook, X, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

For further information, please contact:

Tanner Doiron
Director, Officiating Development
Hockey PEI
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