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The USA Hockey Officiating Program welcomes all returning and new officials. Please refer to the menus that drop from the OFFICIALS tab above for further information to help you with your season.


Instructions to complete Online Education Modules

Welcome to the 2014-15 USA Hockey Officiating Season and thank you for your interest in officiating.  If you have reached this page, you have already registered with USA Hockey and are looking to get started with your required online education curriculum as part of your registration requirements.  We appreciate your enthusiasm to get started.

All online education curriculum presentations are now available for your completion.  Please note there are some presentations designated as “Pre-Required”.  It is strongly recommended that these presentations be completed prior to attending the USA Hockey officiating seminar in your area.

The information below provides additional details regarding the program and will allow you to plan your time accordingly in order to complete the online education component of your USA Hockey registration in a timely and efficient manner.  

USA Hockey Officiating Program Online Education
Starting with the 2014-15 season, all USA Hockey registered officials will be required to complete an online curriculum as part of their registration requirements.  This curriculum is specific to your level of officiating and is designed to be done at your leisure.  Each official will be able to access their specific curriculum through their profile page on USAHockey.com or by entering in their last name and official’s number in the designated location.  Officials will also be able to log in and log out to their curriculum as often as they would like.

Once an official has logged into the online education program they will need to complete their curriculum within a certain time period.  For level 1 officials, this time period is 60 days while for level 2-3 or 4 officials the entire curriculum must be completed within 45 days of first logging in.  Failure to complete within the designated allotted time will require the official to start the process over.

There are three primary sections of the online curriculum.  The first is a mandatory section of presentations that are general in nature and will be viewed by every official.  These include a welcome message form USA Hockey’s President, detailed instructions on using the USA Hockey Game Reporting system and other information that is pertinent to every official.

The second portion of the online education component is required topics that are specific to your level of officiating.  These will include some presentations that are highly encouraged to be viewed prior to attending your USA Hockey seminar in order to maximize the learning experience.  In addition, this section will include very important topics that are specific to success at your specific officiating level.

Finally, each individual official will also have a chance to choose topics that are of interest to them through the electives section.  There are five different categories of electives that will contain a variety of different presentations in which the individual official will be able to choose which topics they complete. For example, one area of electives deals with Positioning and you will be able to choose 2 or 3 topics from that menu that are of particular interest to you.  Once that category requirement is fulfilled, you will move on to the next elective category and choose from that menu of presentations.

Each presentation will be followed by a short quiz with questions pulled directly from that specific presentation.  Answer enough questions properly and you will be eligible to move on to the next presentation.  Fail to secure the minimum score on the quiz and you will be directed to watch the presentation again before successfully answering the same questions.  Each presentation will also have links to additional videos or a file with additional resource information that can be downloaded.

Once all of the mandatory, required and elective portions have been completed, you will be provided a confirmation of completion and your data will be entered into the registration database along with your other registration requirements.  When all registration requirements have been successfully completed, your card/crest will be issued and you’ll be eligible to work games during the 2014-15 season.

Thank you, once again, for your commitment to officiating and we hope you enjoy the online officiating education curriculum.  Best wishes for a successful season – let’s make it the best one ever!

To get started with your specific online seminar curriculum, please click on “Courses” on the red banner in the upper left hand corner at the top of the page.


2014-15 Registration begins August 1, 2014.

To completely register with USA Hockey as an official you need to complete five steps each year (go to Registration Tips for more information):

1.    USA Hockey Membership Registration:
•    Go to USAHockey.com. At the homepage you will click on “Register Online” and register as an Ice Official. This is where you will provide us with your personal information for our database and pay your annual membership fee. 
•    Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-hours and a copy of the USA Hockey Playing Rules & Casebook (new officials and Rule Change Seasons only) within a week along with some additional information to help you along with the registration process.
•    You will also receive an email giving you information (including your USAH Officiating Number) relating to completing your online “Open Book Exam”.

2.    SafeSport Training (if 18+ years old): All officials who are 18 years-of-age or older must complete the United States Olympic Committee SafeSport training program. This online based program trains coaches, officials, and key volunteers in detecting and preventing detrimental behavior (hazing, abuse, etc.) off the playing surface. Once completed, the training certification is good for two years before recertification is required. This training must be completed in addition to your USA Hockey Local Affiliate Background Checks.

3.    Online Education: Once registered with USA Hockey, you will receive instructions regarding the online Officiating Education module program. These modules are a mixture of required and elective topics that teach fundamental skills of officiating using video examples, animation, and knowledge-based testing. You must complete your required hours of training to receive your card and crest.

4.    Open Book Exam: Go to the “Open Book Exam” page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com and follow the steps to begin your online exam. The exam is designed to allow you to go at your own pace. You may answer all questions at once, or answer ten questions every day until it is completed. Please review all answers before submitting it to the National Office. The exam will be accessible 24-hours after online registration, and we strongly encourage you to wait until you receive your Rulebook and attend your seminar (see below) before attempting to take the test.

5.    In-Class Seminar: All USA Hockey Officials must attend a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar annually. To find one in your area, go to the “Seminars” page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com. You will need a USAHockey.com website profile to access the seminar schedule. Either sign-in to USAHockey.com or to create an online profile:

a)    Click the “Referee Login” link under the OFFICIALS tab, or at the main Seminars page.

b)    Select “Need to create a login profile?”, and follow the instructions and enter the required data-fields to set-up your profile.

Note: This process does not register you as a member with USA Hockey. You will pay no registration fee and your membership information will not be affected.

Note 2: In order for your USA Hockey.com profile to extract accurate information from the Officiating Program membership database, your online profile….
•    First Name 
•    Last Name 
•    Date-of-Birth
must match your Membership Registration information exactly. If you registered with USA Hockey as Michael, you must create your online profile with the exact same name (not Mike).

c)    After your profile is created and saved, you will automatically be directed to the USAH Online Registration System. You are now ready to sign up for a seminar.


Most seminars are scheduled between late August and early December (the schedules begin to appear online starting in July), and any questions about the seminars should be directed to your USA Hockey District Staff (following the links at the main Directory under Officials Materials). We strongly recommend you make sure you can attend a seminar before you begin the registration process (the fee is non-refundable), and do not wait long to register since some seminars do fill up very quickly.

Once you complete these three steps, and the USA Hockey National Office receives your Registration Fee, Open Book Exam answers, and Seminar Attendance confirmation, you will receive your USA Hockey Officiating Card and Sweater Crest and you are ready to work games.

Important Note: Please be sure to record contact information for your local USA Hockey Supervisor of Officials and Local Assignor while at your seminar.

Answers to other questions can be found at the “Officials” page at www.usahockey.com.