Become a Referee


If you are interested in learning more about officiating in the Greater Toronto Hockey League and to be notified when clinics and the Referee Summer Camp open for registration, please click here to be added to a distribution list.

The below steps are for individuals looking to get into officiating next season for the first time.

Step 1: Secure a Referee position with a Minor Hockey Association

If you have not done so already, please ensure you reach out to your local house league to see if they are hiring new referees for next season. You should ensure you or your child has a spot officiating prior to registering for a clinic. Click here for a list of contacts for the GTHL’s local House Leagues.

Step 2: Hockey Canada Officiating Program – Intro (formerly known as Hockey University Officiating 1/ 2 On-Demand)

This Hockey Canada Officiating Program – Intro on-demand course is a PREREQUISITE and is only for those that are intending to take the GTHL hosted Entry Level Clinic or GTHL Ref School: Quick Start program. This course is NOT a certification course and will not provide you with any qualifications to officiate this season. This course must be completed in its entirety before registering for a clinic or ref school. Click here to register.

Step 3: For those 18 years or older only (Skip to Step 4 if you are under 18)

On Ice Officials 18 years of age and over are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) the first time they make a submission. You will need to submit your VSV prior to registering for a clinic. For more information, please click here.

Step 4: Register for the Ref School or an Entry Level Clinic

As a first time referee, you are able to earn your Level 1 certification by either attending our Quick Start Program at the Referee Summer Camp or attend an Entry Level Clinic held in the Fall. Registration for these courses will open late Spring. The minimum age to register for the summer camp is 15 years old and the minimum age for Entry Level clinics is 12 years old.