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Registration Tips

Since so much of the success of registration depends upon the official successfully completing the steps. The following tips will help to speed your officiating registration for the upcoming season.

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Online Membership Registration

  1. Register early in the season (August-September)
  2. Returning Officials: Be sure to have your USA Hockey Officials Number handy as it will be necessary to input in order to be able to register at the appropriate level.
  3. Apply only at the level for which you are eligible.
  4. Once you complete online Membership Registration, you are committed to completing registration at that level (or lower). Officials cannot register as a Level 2 and switch later to a Level 3.

Online Officiating Education

1. Online Membership Registration must be complete for 24 hours before any official can access their online curriculum.

2. Look for links to the online education modules under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com. You will need your Last Name and USAH Officiating Number (received by email after online membership registration) to access the system.

3. Once the official begins the Online Education Program they must complete it within the following timelines,
- LEVEL 1 - Must complete within 60 days
- LEVEL 2, 3, & 4 - Must complete within 45 days

4. Each Official Level has both "required" and "elective" requirements. You will not receive your Card and Crest until all requirements are completed.

5. Each Official Level has both pre-seminar and post-seminar modules to complete. It is strongly recommended to each official to complete the pre-seminar modules before attanding their seminar.

6. Once a module is complete, the official must successfully pass a brief quiz. If the official misses too many questions, he/she will be required to complete the module again until a passing grade is received.

7. Online education does not need to be completed in one day. Officials may stop/resume as many times as they want until the course is completed.


Open Book Exam

  1. Complete the exam in a timely manner. You can submit your answers electronically via USAHockey.com.
  2. Access to the Open Book Exam is given 24-hours after Membership Registration.
  3. Print out your online exam and answer the questions off-line.
  4. Use the current USA Hockey Rulebook to answer all questions (please don't guess).
  5. Answer all questions you are required to answer.
  6. Record your answers and rule references next to the test questions and save for future reference.
  7. Copies or faxes are not accepted.
  8. You are not required by USA Hockey to complete your Open Book Exam prior to attending your seminar. In fact, officials are encouraged to bring their exam to the seminar to seek guidance from instructor staff.

USA Hockey SafeSport Education Program

1. SafeSport training is required of all officials who are 18 years-old and older.

2. SafeSport training must be completed every two seasons to remain valid. No official will receive a USAH Officiating Card and Crest until the SafeSport training requirement is met.

3. SafeSport training generally takes 90-120 minutes to initially complete. Re-certification will take 45-60 minutes to complete.

4. Training can be completed in one day, or the official may stop/resume as often as needed to complete training.

5. To access training, enter the following into your web browser:
http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/909009-safesport-program-training- 


Seminar Attendance

  1. All seminars are scheduled and coordinated by USAH Local Volunteer Representatives. Please forward questions to them using the appropriate links at the main Directory at the Officiating Materials page at the Officials section of USAHockey.com
  2. Pre-register for your seminar as early as possible (if applicable to your area) to avoid being "closed out".
  3. Attend a full day seminar early in the season.
  4. Check-in with staff upon arrival at the seminar.
  5. Attend a seminar that meets the requirements for the level you are applying for (Level 4 Seminars do not satisfy L1, L2, or L3 requirements).
  6. Take a level-appropriate Closed Book Exam (or lower). A Level 2 Registered Official cannot take a Level 3 Closed Book Exam. All Closed Book Exams that exceed "level-eligibility" will be rejected and the officials will be completed as a Level 1.
  7. Record your USA Hockey Officials number and print your name legibly on your Closed Book Exam and answer sheet.
  8. Record all Closed Book Exam answers in your exam booklet.
  9. Bring a pencil to complete your Closed Book Exam (don't count on them being available).
  10. Officials are responsible for the exam answer sheets they submit. Carefully erase any mistakes or stray marks.
  11. Seminar ice sessions require,
    • New Officials: Skates, Helmet, Whistle
    • Returning Officials: Full Officiating Gear
  12. Not all seminars serve lunch. Have a back-up plan.
  13. Remind the Instructors to submit the attendance forms promptly.
  14. Concerns about seminar credit "status" should initially directed to the Seminar Coordinator.
  15. Generally, it takes 2-4 weeks for seminar credit to be completed.

Card & Crest

  1. Once all of the above steps have been taken (tests completed and seminar attended), allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of the Officiating Card and Crest, and your exam scores.
  2. You may check your Registration Status by using the Referee Status feature at USAHockey.com. Use the "Referee Login" link under OFFICIALS at USAHockey.com to access the IntraLearn Homepage and click "Referee Status".
  3. The online Referee Status feature pulls information from your current season Membership Record, therefore your registration page displays the same information as the National Office staff sees (phone calls will only confirm what you already see).
  4. If more than three weeks have elapsed and you havent received your Card and Crest, contact your Local Supervisor of Officials to confirm your seminar material has been sent to Colorado.