Registration Requirements

***NOTE: NEW for 2015 – You MUST register with USA Hockey FIRST***

Level 1 Complete

  • Must complete online Membership Registration
  • Must submit Registration Fee
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 35/50 (or higher)
  • Must attend and complete a Level 1 officiating seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey
  • Must complete online Level 1 seminar curriculum
  • Must complete SafeSport training every two years (if 18 years old or older)

Level 2 Complete

  • Must complete online Membership Registration
  • Must submit Registration Fee
  • Must have been Level 1 or higher (Complete) within the last two seasons
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 80/100 (or higher)
  • Must attain a Level 2 Closed Book Exam score of 24/30 (or higher)
  • Must attend and complete a Level 2 officiating seminar sanctioned by USA Hockey
  • Must complete online Level 2 seminar curriculum
  • Must complete SafeSport training every two years (if 18 years old or older)

Level 3 Complete

  • Must complete online Membership Registration
  • Must submit Registration Fee
  • Must have been Level 2 or higher (Complete) during previous season
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 90/100 (or higher)
  • Must attain a Level 3 Closed Book Exam score of 40/50 (or higher)
  • Must attend and complete an officiating seminar administrated by USA Hockey
  • Must complete online Level 3 seminar curriculum
  • Must complete SafeSport training every two years (if 18 years old or older)

Level 4 Complete

  • Must complete online Membership Registration 
  • Must submit Registration Fee
  • Must have been Level 3 or 4 (Complete) last season
  • Must attain an Open Book Exam score of 90/100
  • Must attain a Level 4 Closed Book Exam score of 40/50
  • Must complete a Level 4 USA Hockey officiating seminar each season, and pass Level 4 Skating Exam
  • Must complete online Level 4 seminar curriculum
  • Must complete SafeSport training every two years (if 18 years old or older).
  • Must arrange to have an evaluation completed, while officiating a high level game, by a trained USA Hockey Evaluator at least once during the current calendar year.

NOTES: “Complete” means that an official has met all the criteria (testing and seminars) at the level for which he/she has applied.  “Incomplete” means that an official has filed an application and has not completed all the necessary criteria for attainment of that level.

A new official (not registered the previous year) may not officiate until he/she is “completely registered.”  A returning official (“completely registered” the previous season with valid crest) may not officiate after November 30 (expiration date on previous year’s card) unless he/she is “completely registered” for the new season.

OPEN BOOK RULES EXAM

Each season all officials must complete the Open Book Playing Rules Exam. Officials who do not receive the minimum score for the appropriate level, will be sent a retake notice and a new answer sheet. Only one Retake Exam per official is allowed after a seven day waiting period, and once available this retake must be completed within 30 days. In the event that an official fails the exam twice, he/she will become completely registered at the highest level for which the retake exam score would qualify (e.g., Level 1 =35/50 or 60/100; Level 2 =80/100; Level 3 =90/100; Level 4 =90/100).

CLOSED BOOK RULES EXAM

All Level 2, 3, & 4 officials must complete a Closed Book Exam while completing their Local Seminar. The official must take the appropriate level exam to receive credit towards their registration level (i.e.: a Level 3 CB Exam will not count towards Level 2 registration). If an official takes a Closed Book Exam at a level below their current season registration level, they may be “completed” at the level of the Closed Book Exam. If an official takes a Closed Book Exam at a level higher than their current season registration level, their Closed Book Exam score will be rejected and they will be “completed” as a Level 1 for the season.

There are no re-take attempts on any Closed Book Exams.

Level 4 Closed Book Exam Scoring Policy:
Total Number of Questions: 50
Level 4 Passing: 40 or higher
Level 3 Passing: 35 to 39
Level 2 Passing: 34 or lower

RENEWAL OFFICIALS

Renewal officials may apply for one level higher than their completed registration level the previous season. Officials are allowed to take one season as “unregistered” or “incomplete” and return at the same level they were last completely registered at. Level 1 completely registered officials are allowed to take one season off and still be eligible for Level 2 the following season. The level that each renewal official is eligible for is designated on the online officiating application. An official may apply for a level lower than their eligible level. However, once the application has been received at the National Office, an official cannot change the level they had applied for.