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2016-2017 Officiating Registration Information

By SYHA, 09/02/16, 12:00PM CDT


Are you interested in being a hockey official for upcoming season?

Anyone interested in being a USA Hockey official for the 2016-2017 season must complete the following six steps.

For additional information, please see: 

Step 1 - USA Hockey Registration

Note:  This step must be completed before an official can complete Seminar Registration, the Open Book Exam, or Online Education Modules.

  1. Go to

  2. Select Ice Officials

  3. Select Register Now

Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-hours and a copy of the USA Hockey Playing Rules & Casebook (new officials and Rule Change Seasons only) within a week along with some additional information to help you along with the registration process.

You will also receive an email giving you information (including your USAH Officiating Number) relating to completing your online “Open Book Exam”.

Step 2 - SafeSport Training (if 18+years old)

All officials who are 18 years-of-age or older must complete the United States Olympic Committee SafeSport training program. This online based program trains coaches, officials, and key volunteers in detecting and preventing detrimental behavior (hazing, abuse, etc.) off the playing surface. Once completed, the training certification is good for two years before recertification is required. This training must be completed in addition to your USA Hockey Local Affiliate Background Checks.

Step 3 - Online Education Modules

Once registered with USA Hockey, you will receive instructions regarding the online Officiating Education module program. Access to the Online Education System will be granted 24-hours after membership registration.

The Online Education modules are a mixture of required and elective-menu topics that teach fundamental skills of officiating using video examples, animation, and knowledge-based testing. You must complete your required hours of training to receive your card and crest.

Note: A list of all module categories will be listed at the main Courses page in the Online Education System. All officials must complete ALL six course categories (Pre-Required, Required, Positioning, Procedures, Penalty Criteria, & General) to complete training.

Step 4 - Open Book Exam

Go to the “Open Book Exam” page at the Officials section of and follow the steps to begin your online exam. The exam will usually be accessible 24-hours after you complete your online membership registration.  We strongly encourage you to wait until you receive your Rulebook and attend your seminar (see below) before attempting to take the test.
The exam is designed to allow you to go at your own pace. You may answer all questions at once, or answer a few questions every day until it is completed. Please review all answers before submitting it to the National Office.

Step 5 - Classroom Seminar

Register and attend a seminar for the level you are certifying for by visiting the Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association (MIHOA) Seminar Registration page.  Please make sure seats are still available in the session you are attempting to register for.

Seminars are scheduled at Nelson Center in Springfield:

  • Level 1:  Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 am  to 4:00 pm
  • Level 2:  Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 
  • Level 3:  Thursday, October 6 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Step 6 - Background Screening (if 18+ years old)

USA Hockey and Missouri Hockey require each official 18 years of age or older on August 1 of the current year to pass a background screening.  Go to the Missouri Hockey Affiliate website for instructions on how to get screened.

Click HERE to go to the Missouri Hockey Affiliate website.


Once you complete these six steps, and the USA Hockey National Office receives your Registration Fee, Open Book Exam answers, Seminar Attendance confirmation, Online Education credit and SafeSport credit you will receive your USA Hockey Officiating Card and Sweater Crest and you are ready to work games.

Answers to other questions can be found at the “Officials” page at or contact Steven Gobelman via email at or (217)836-6944.