Officials Upgrading

Most officials will start their officiating career as a volunteer Club Assistant (no formal training required), being informally mentored by a Certified Official in one of many positions:

  • Referee
  • Starter
  • Meet Coordinator/Competitors Steward
  • Recorder
  • Timer
  • Place Judge
  • Lap Counter
  • Heat Box Steward (Clerk of the Course)
  • Announcer
  • Track Steward
  • Other volunteer roles (runner, water buckets, gatekeeper, hospitality etc.)

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Upgrading to Level 1

To begin the process of becoming a Certified Official, applicants must complete the Level 1 Officials Clinic, assist at meets throughout the season and submit the online Level 1 Upgrade Form (preferred method) or the hard copy Level 1 Upgrade Form. Applications to upgrade are due on March 31st of each year. The BCSSA ODC administers upgrades to Level 1.

Upgrading to Level 2

To upgrade to Level 2, applicants must complete the Level 2 Officials Clinic (specific to the position), officiate at meets throughout the season and submit the Level 2 Upgrade form. Applications to upgrade are due on March 31st of each year. The BCSSA ODC administers upgrades to Level 2.

Upgrading to Level 3

Upgrading to Level 3 is administered by Speed Skating Canada’s Officials Development Committee. Applicants for Level 3 upgrades must complete Speed Skating Canada’s requirements for Level 3 officials. All application forms (hard copy, below) must be submitted to the BCSSA ODC for vetting prior to submission to SSC.

Upgrading to Levels 4 and 5

Upgrading to Levels 4 and 5 is administered by the International Skating Union. The positions that may qualify for Levels 4 and 5 include: Referee, Starter and Competitors Steward.

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