FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to start refereeing?

How do I register?

What level do I register at?

If I was a level 2 last year, can I register as a level 3 this year?

Do I pay insurance?

Do I need to pass the exam?

How much does it cost to start officiating?

How can I pay my fees?

How do I get games?

How many games will I officiate a week?

How much do I get paid per game?

How do I get paid?

How old do I have to be to start refereeing?

How do I register?

What level do I register at?

If I was a level 2 last year, can I register as a level 3 this year?

Do I pay insurance?

Do I need to pass the exam?

How much does it cost to start officiating?

How can I pay my fees?

How do I get games?

How many games will I officiate a week?

How much do I get paid per game?

How do I get paid?


How old do I have to be to start refereeing? – You need to be 13 years old as of December 31 of the year you’d like to officiate to be eligible.

How do I register? – Either sign up for an EHockey account or sign in to your existing account. Click here to continue.

What level do I register at? – If you are 16 years or older as of December 31 of the year you’d like to officiate, you would register as a level 2. If you are 13 – 15, you register as a level 1.

If I was a level 2 last year, can I register as a level 3 this year? – No, unless you have been approved by your area Referee-in-Chief. You would have received a letter or a phone call at the end of last season. When in doubt, ask your Referee-in-chief.

Do I pay insurance? – If you are a player or coach under the Hockey Canada system, you do not need to pay the insurance as you have paid it with your hockey registration fees. If you play Adult (Oldtimers hockey), you are probably not covered under Hockey Canada and you will need to purchase the insurance. If you do not play or coach, insurance is mandatory.

Do I need to pass the exam? – If you are writing a level 2 or higher exam, there are passing grades that need to be achieved. Thus it is a good idea to come to class prepared. Read the rule book, try our practice exams and listen to your instructors. If you are writing a level 1 exam, you just need to complete the exam. However you should still strive to get the best mark you can. The better you understand, the better you will be on the ice.

How much does it cost to start officiating?

View the Hockey Manitoba Fee Structure here.

There are clinic costs such as:

  • Hockey Canada Insurance ($16.40)*
  • Clinic registration fee ($26.65)**
  • Membership fee: Level I ($26.60), Level II (36.60), Level III (61.60)**
  • Winnipeg Facility Use Fee ($3)**
  • 2012-14 Rulebook/casebook ($15)**
  • Hockey Canada shoulder patch ($2)***
  • Hockey Manitoba crest ($10)***

*if not registered through Hockey Canada as a player of coach
**Mandatory for everyone
*** Mandatory for first-time referees

Other costs you may encounter in your first year include:

  • whistle (finger-grip with pea only)
  • jersey
  • black helmet with a visor
  • black pants
  • skates (no goalie skates)

After you take the one-day course and are frequently available, you will certainly recoup your start-up costs and make money. If you purchase more elaborate gear, have limited availability or interest, you will probably not recoup your start-up costs by the end of the season. SHWA has a reimbursement program for first year officials who complete at least 10 regular season/playoff games.

How can I pay my fees? –  All must pay online through eHockey.

How do I get games? – Contact your area assignor as soon as you have decided that this is the job for you. That person will assign all the younger hockey ages within your community area. You can find his contact details in your Hockey Winnipeg Rulebook.

How many games will I officiate a week? – Most first year officials will work between 10-20 games a season. This depends greatly how often you make yourself available and how many other officials there are in your area. Historically speaking, the average amount of games a SWHA first-year referee had last year was 13.

How much do I get paid per game? – View the current game fee structure 2016-17-Hockey-Winnipeg-Game-Fees.

How and when do I get paid? – SWHA pays referees on a monthly basis by direct deposit on the 15th of every month starting in November for games officiated in the previous month. For example, any games officiated in January will be paid out on February 15th. Please fill out and drop off SWHA PAD Form to the address on the bottom to set up your direct deposit.