Referee Certification/Clinic Registration

September 13 update:

Hockey Alberta and Central Region have now uploaded Officials Clinics for registration. More clinics are still being added so please keep checking the Hockey Canada Registry Clinic Registration page.

Certification from the 2020-2021 season will remain valid until December 15, 2021.

Registration for all Officials clinics, including the HU-Online course are available on the new Hockey Canada Registry Clinic Registration page under "Officials".

IMPORTANT: All referees will need to have a new HCR 3.0 (Spordle) account to register for the referee clinics as e-hockey has been migrated into the new Hockey Canada Registry.  Referees can choose to make their own HCR account or use their parent's account once their membership profile has been linked to their parent's HCR account.  Instructions on how to do this can be found in this document, HCR 3.0 Spordle Account - Create & Register for Clinic-Course.

NEW REFEREES: The HU-Online Officials 1/2 program is a pre-requisite for registration in an in-person Officials - Level 1-2 Clinic. It is my understanding that you will be unable to register for a clinic until you have completed this online course.  You may register for the online course on the HCR Clinic Registration page.

Click here to be taken to the HCR Clinic Registration page. Be sure to select HOCKEY ALBERTA and HOCKEY CALGARY at the top by Find Your Clinic.

Click here to view the Hockey Canada tutorial "How to Register to a Clinic".

Note, the clinics on September 26 at Springbank Park for All Seasons and October 2 at Flames Community Arenas are being hosted by Springbank and Trails West and Glenlake. A third clinic on October 16 at Flames Community Arenas will hopefully be available for registration soon.

2021-2022 Season Information

Please contact the TWHA Referee Coordinator at if you are interested in officiating this season.

This section will be updated with more information closer to the season.

2020-2022 Hockey Canada Rule Updates & Changes 

COVID 19 Return to Play for Officials

Rule Emphasis - Rule 9.2F - verbal taunts, insults or intimidation based on discriminatory grounds

General Referee Information

Referee Equipment

Required Equipment:

  • Black CSA certified helmet
  • CSA certified half visor
  • Metal or black plastic whistle
  • Black polished skates with white laces
  • Hockey Canada Rule Book
  • Clean official's black and white sweater with Hockey Alberta crest and Hockey Canada crest (with removable arm bands only)
  • Black, pressed pants

Optional Equipment:

  • Elbow pads
  • Athletic support and cup
  • Measuring tape
  • Shin Pads

*** Please note that a black Mesh Under Arm jersey is illegal

Where does the Hockey Alberta Crest go? - Left chest area over your heart
Where does the Hockey Canada Patch go? - Left shoulder
It is not recommended that you iron these on unless you get it done at a sports shop who have the correct equipment. Sewing is the best option.


Community Referee Assignors

Community Referee Assignors assign games according to the arenas they are responsible for.  If you receive a referee assignment at an arena that is not assigned by the Trails West Referee Assignor (Flames-Blue or Flames-Red), you will need to reach out to the Community Referee Assignor responsible for that arena if you are unable to attend the assignment.


U9 Half-Ice Game Format

All U9 games (community and house league) are on half-ice. There are two Referees (one for each half-ice game). A Central Region Supervisor may be assigned to mentor new referees at these games.

Roles & Responsibilities for Officials for U9 Half-Ice Games (Jan 2019)


Referee Payments

For information regarding how referees are paid, please review the Hockey Alberta Officials-Central Region webpage under "Payments".

Central Region Referee Rates
Hockey Alberta Referee Rates


Becoming a Referee with Trails West

Trails West Hockey Association is currently accepting applications from referees. Referees must be at least 13 years of age (as of December 31).  The Trails West Referee Coordinator assigns games for U9 (Novice) and U11 (Atom).  Central Region assigns games for all U13 (PeeWee) and up games.

STEP 1:  Contact the Trails West Referee Coordinator by email. This applies to new and returning referees. Space for first year Trails West referees can be limited. Contacting the Trails West Referee Coordinator, prior to enrolling in the Hockey Alberta Officiating Clinic, places your name on the Trails West Referee Roster. If your name is not on this roster, you will not be assigned games by Trails West!

IMPORTANT:  Referee assigning is based on the postal code of where you live. Generally speaking this is by hockey association boundaries but there are some communities within Trails West where the referees would be assigned by Springbank.  If your postal code is T3H and you live north of 17 Ave SW, please contact the Springbank Referee Coordinator to be placed on the Springbank Referee Roster.

Please include the following personal information in your email to the Trails West Referee Coordinator:

  • Name
  • Address with Postal Code
  • Main email address for referee contact purposes that is monitored on a daily basis
  • Referee cell phone number and home phone number
  • Primary parent contact number
  • Date of birth
  • Hockey level of play (e.g. First year U15 – 6 years of playing hockey) and if any hockey officiating experience

STEP 2. To become certified as an official in Calgary, you need to participate in an officials’ certification clinic every season. Please review the information on Hockey Alberta's Officials-Clinics/Registration webpage.

IMPORTANT: See the above section "Referee Certification/Clinics" as 2021 clinic registration has changed. As at August 6, the above Hockey Alberta website does not have the correct/current registration instructions listed.

  • Complete the online "HU-Officiating 1/2" Clinic *only required for first-time referees
  • Register and attend a one-day Official Clinic *required every year for ALL referees (new and returning)
    • Pay particular attention to the different types of clinics being offered as they are not just based on age, but on years of officiating experience
  • Inform the Trails West Referee Coordinator of the date of your scheduled referee clinic. This allows the Coordinator to ensure that your certification shows in the Goalline assigning system for Trails West within a week or two after completion of the clinic.

STEP 3. Upon completion of your Official's Clinic, please email a copy of your Official's Clinic registration receipt to the Trails West Referee Coordinator.

STEP 4. New Referees: Central Region will set up and email you with a log-in for the Goalline Referee Management System. Returning Referees: ensure your Goalline access is active.

All referees, please check all settings, including RINK PREFERENCES and SET YOUR AVAILABILITY.  Note that Trails West only assigns referees to games at Flames Community Arena Red and Flames Community Arena Blue. You can referee at any rink in Calgary that you select but be aware that the community referee assignors will assign their rostered community referees before looking for other referees.

Please use the Officials Login page, as provided by the CZRC Website. Your rink preferences and your availability must be set before you can receive assignments.  You must also be on the Trails West Referee Roster so if you have not already informed the Trails West Referee Coordinator of your intention to referee, please do so now!


Level 1 Trails West Referees will be reimbursed $65 of their registration and clinic fees at the end of the season, provided the official has refereed a minimum of five games.

A buddy system will be provided for the first several assignments for each first year official.

Thank you for your interest. I look forward to working with you.


Diane Moffatt
Trails West Referee Coordinator