New Referees

Starting at age 12, girls are encouraged to consider becoming on ice referees.

The Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) is completed in two (2) parts.  Part A is an online program and Part B is an in person clinic.

Click here to register for Hockey University Officiating 1/2.  This is the online course that must be completed prior to registering for the clinic.  

Additionally, the Surrey Falcons will be running on-ice training for new officials to ensure that they are set up for success once they are on the ice.

Surrey Falcons Referee-In-Chief, Dan Hayward, is responsible for recruiting, managing and training both new and returning officials.  If you are interested in becoming a referee email Dan at and he will provide specific directions on obtaining certification.


Returning Referees

Returning referees should contact the SFHA RIC to ensure they are aware of your interest in returning this year.  As you know, you will need to be re-certified.  The links for some certification clinics are now posted on the BC Hockey Clinics Website and you should check back regularly because new sessions are added through the first two months of the year.  All returning officials must attend one of these clinics.  If you are over 16, you can register for level 2 certification.  You must be certified each year through BC Hockey to officiate with Surrey Falcons Hockey.

This link  should answer any additional course questions you have.  Remember - certification is the responsibility of BC Hockey and if you have any questions/concerns about the courses themselves, you should contact BC Hockey directly.




Why Should I Become an Official?

Officiating is a great way to both deepen your understanding of hockey and develop or practice important skills that are valuable in the hockey world and beyond – not just skating and judgement but patience, communication, decision making and development.  Officiating is the critical third team on the ice – without whom the game can’t continue. Beyond that, officials are a wonderful community of individuals who support each other in the challenging on-ice environment.


Who Can Become an Official?

Anyone 12 years of age or older can become officials in British Columbia.  


Are You Interested?

Send an email to Dan Hayward, Referee-In-Chief (, and let him know that you want to get involved. 

Then - 

The Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP) is completed in two parts

Part 1 is done regardless of age:  Register for Hockey University On-line Officiating Level I/II at
Officials who are 12-15 will register for Level I
Officials who are 16 and older register for Level II

Hockey University takes about 3 hours to complete and is a pre-requisite for Part 2.

Part 2 is different for each age group:

For officials 12-15, they are required to register for an in-person course that is offered by one of the local associations in late August or early September.  Surrey Female will offer this course if enough people indicate an interest by August 15th – so recruit your friends to join in your journey! The course is approximately 4-6 hours in class plus 1-2 hours on the ice.  As these programs come together, our RIC will let interested people, who have contacted him in advance, know the details.

For officials 16 and older, they are required to register for a “Super Clinic” in September or October.  Once the official attends the clinic and passes the course she will be approved to officiate, no on ice training required.  The courses are normally offered on Saturdays or Sundays through the month of September and take about 4 hours and are posted on the BC Hockey website link below as they are available.


Do Officials Get Tested Each Year?

Yes!  All officials re-certify each year via the “Super Clinics” BC Hockey offers each year.


How Much Does It Cost to Become an Official?

Depending on the equipment you need to purchase (see below), the courses officials take each year generally cost around $100. Officials who are not also registered as a player, coach or team official are required to purchase Hockey Canada insurance at an additional cost of approximately $40.


How Many Games Can I Expect to Officiate in My First Year?

Officiating is truly a marathon rather than a sprint.  In the first year, a younger official can expect to be assigned games at the Novice level or perhaps Atom.  In 2018 our top new official worked about 15 games, but it is not uncommon for more accomplished officials to work 60 games a season in their third year!


Do Officials Get Paid?

Yes, in fact many teenagers treat officiating as their part-time job.  It is not uncommon for officials in their fourth or fifth year to make over $2000 in a season if they are committed to constant improvement and are available to take games multiple days in a week.  If you are interested, PCAHA officials’ fee schedule is available at


What Equipment is Required to Be an Official?

The baseline for officiating is:  A helmet with a half-shield, a hockey whistle (not basketball), an officials’ jersey, black pants and player skates (not goalie skates).

Once you have passed your first officials course you will receive a BC Hockey and Hockey Canada patch that must be attached to the referee jersey in order to participate in a game.

As officials become more confident and work at higher levels, they often add shin pads and elbow pads along with referee pants that are designed to protect officials.


I Still Have Questions.  Who Should I Ask?

The links below should answer any additional course questions you have, or you can contact our Referee-In-Chief, Dan Hayward at  


Falcon Officials of the Year

2018/19:  Hayley Lee
2017/18:  Georgina Krishan


Other Awards

2017/18:  Kiana Heska – BC Hockey Most Promising Official
2017/18:  Georgina Krishan – Officiating Program of Excellence