Certification Level IV


To 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, CIAU, CCAA, Inter-Branch and IIHF competition


  • Must be fully certified at Level III and referee one year at that level
  • Attendance at Level IV will be by Branch invitation only
  • Certification at Level III does not automatically make one eligible for Level IV
  • Must attend and participate in all sessions of a Level IV clinic
  • Must obtain a minimum of 80% on a written national examination
  • Must pass a practical, on-ice evaluation, performed by a qualified Branch Hockey Canada Officiating Program supervisor

Must be capable of officiating in any one of the categories as listed under purpose. When an official fails the practical on-ice evaluation, certification will not be validated, however, the official may request a second evaluation. The second evaluation will be done at Branch convenience but at no extra cost to the Branch


Minimum of fourteen (14) hours of instruction. Usually is presented over an entire weekend


Upon successful completion of Level IV (clinic, examination, on-ice evaluation), the official should receive a Level IV sticker and certification card

There are over 900 Level IV officials registered annually.