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How to become an ice hockey official

1. Go to  and click on “Become a Member” on the right hand side of the page.​

2. Register as an official/referee. (You will still have to register even if you have already registered as a player and/or coach)

3. Once you have completed your registration, you will receive an email with your membership confirmation, and this will also include your USA hockey referee number. This number is unique to you and will be used during several steps of the completion of the other requirements. (You will also receive a hard copy of the rule and case book in the mail)

4. After receiving your referee number, you will need to create a profile at .This officiating profile will contain the remaining of the requirements that need to be completed prior to stepping on the ice for your first games. (Completing membership registration does not automatically create a USAH Courses Profile)

5. Requirements: 


   Open Book Exam

   All levels are required to complete this every year. Below are the required scores to pass:

          Level 1: 35/50
          Level 2: 60/75
          Level 3: 85/100
          Level 4: 90/100

    Officiating Seminar

  • Level 1 officials are required to take an IN-PERSON seminar

  • Levels 2-4 have the option of both in-person and virtual seminar via zoom (for virtual seminars you are NOT required to take one that is in your district, you can take any that are available for your required level 3)

  • Seminars typically occur during the summertime but can run through November. It is recommended the complete the seminar early as seats become limited later in the season.

     Online Modules

  • Each official level has both required and elective-menu requirements. 

  • Modules are level specific and can be reviewed even after completion

  • Online education modules do not need to be completed in one day. Officials may stop/resume as many times as they want until all courses are completed.


      Safe Sport (over the age of 17 yo)

  • USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players and other participants.

  • If you are a 2006 birth year or earlier, you will be required to take the SafeSport Core Training or Refresher Course prior to participation for the 2023-24 season. 

  • Safe Sport will be required every year


      Background Check (over the age of 18yo)

Once all requirements have been completed, your card and crest will be sent in the mail. After you have received if, you can reach out to NTHOA ( or and they can assist with getting you set up to start officiating.


If you have any issues with the USA hockey process please contact the North Texas Supervisor Melanie Gotsdiner at or Texas/Oklahoma Supervisor Michael Crayton at  .



USA hockey does not have a minimum required age for officiation BUT Child labor laws in Texas prohibit youth officials under the age of 14 to work games.

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