Certification Level VI


To prepare competent officials capable of refereeing at National Championship finals and designated IIHF competition (i.e. Memorial Cup, Royal Bank Cup, Allan Cup, Hardy Cup, University Cup, CCAA finals, World Championships, Olympics, FISU Games)


Branch nominations are submitted to the Hockey Canada National Office and are reviewed by an established selection committee

  • Must be fully certified at Level V (including fitness tests) and referee one year at that level
  • Must attend and participate in all sessions of a Level VI clinic. Must obtain a minimum of 90% on a written national examination
  • Must pass a practical on-ice evaluation, performed by a national supervisor
  • Must complete a written assignment assigned by the Hockey Canada Referee-in-Chief


Level VI clinics are held based on national need for Level VI's. The Hockey Canada Manager, Officiating is responsible for the organization of the site and program, establishing criteria and review of the candidates’ qualifications

Minimum of four (4) days of instruction

Attempts are made to stage the clinic in conjunction with a major training program or early in the season requesting cooperation from local leagues so officials are able to work scrimmages or games


All officials reaching Level VI are required to pass an annual written national examination and fitness test to qualify for Inter-Branch, National and International assignments

There are over 70 Level VI officials registered annually.