Most of the success of the registration process depends on you and your timely completion of all the necessary registration steps.
Review the USA Hockey Registration Guidelines on the USA Hockey web site. Click here to review.
Some Points to Remeber
- Certification is a yearly process and must be repeated each and every season that you want to officiate USA Hockey sanctioned games.
- It is YOUR responsibility to contact each appropriate scheduler and introduce yourself as a new official who is looking to start officiating hockey games.
- Be honest about your experience and ability. There is no faster way to a short officiating career than working games beyond your ability.
- Keep a record of all games that you work. This helps you see your true level of experience and also helps keep track of game fees.
- MIHOA pays about the 15th of the month for all games worked the previous calendar month.
- The most important thing is to continue to use your officiating manuals and rule book to stay on top of procedures and the playing rules.
- Anytime your have questions, you may contact the USA Hockey Local Supervisors of Officials or MIHOA.
USA Hockey Certification Level Registration
- Register early in the season. Registration typically starts in August or September.
- All officials must register online with USA Hockey as an on ice official.
- Apply only for a level for which you are eligible and register for the same level seminar.
- If you are under 18 years of age, you must have your parent or guardian help you with online registration.
USA Hockey Seminar Registration
- Register early for a seminar to insure you have a spot in a class. Seminar registration typically begins in early August.
- You must attend a seminar before you can be certified and officiate games.
- You must attend the same seminar level as the level you registered with USA Hockey.
USA Hockey Seminar Attendance
- Attend a USA Hockey Seminar early in the season.
- You are required to register with USA Hockey before you attend a seminar.
- You do not need to complete your open book exam prior to your seminar.
- You should complete your online education requirements prior to attending your seminar.
- Be sure to bring your seminar confirmation sheet to your seminar and hand it in to your seminar instructor upon request.
- You must attend the entire seminar, take the closed book test and participate in the on ice instruction (if required) to receive credit for attending the seminar.
- Renewing officials: Bring a current rule book, playing rules handbook, and pencil & paper for taking notes.
- New officials: Bring paper and pencil/pen, rule book and basic manual if you have received it.
USA Hockey Open Book Test
- You will receive notification by email of your ability to access the open book test. Notification is usually 24 hours after you register online with USA Hockey.
- Use the rule book and basic manual to answer all questions. Level 1 officials should wait until after attending seminar to submit the open book test.
- Answer all the questions you are required to answer [Level 1: 50 questions; Levels 2, 3, 4: 100 questions]
- Print a copy of your answer sheet for your records prior to submitting for scoring.
- You do not have to answer all the questions at one time. You can complete the test in multiple sessions.
- You will know your test score shortly after competing the test.
- Applicants who do not pass will be sent a retake notice.
- Only one retake test per applicant is allowed for Level 2, 3 and 4 applicants.
- An applicant applying for Level 2, 3 or 4 who fails the test after their retake will be registered at the highest level for which the retake exam score would qualify
- An applicant applying for Level 1 will be allowed an additional chance (total of 2 retakes) to pass the test.
- Applicants who get a retake notice will be locked out of the system for a period of 7 days before being allowed to gain access to the retake test.
- Level 1 applicants who get a 2nd retake notice will be locked out the system for a period of 14 days before being allowed to gain access to the 2nd retake test.
- Retake test must be taken with 30 days of the retake notice.
USA Hockey Card and Crest
- Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of the card, crest and test score results after all of the above steps have been
taken and information has been received by USAH. (tests completed and seminar attended).
- You will not receive your USA Hockey card and crest until USA Hockey has received verification of your
seminar attendance/completion from MIHOA to match with your USAH registration and open book test score.
- Contact the if more than three weeks have elapsed after you have completed all of the
above listed steps and you have not received your USA Hockey card and crest.