Register With USA Hockey

USA Hockey referee certification must be renewed annually and expires Nov 30 each year. To complete your USA Hockey certification, you must complete the following:

Register Online

Register for a new season at Once registered, a rule book will be mailed to all officials in a rule-change year, or to all new officials in a non rule-change year. New officials will also receive their USA Hockey member number and may create a profile to track their national-level USAH registration online.

Open-Book Exam

Once you have received your rulebook, you will be able to complete your open-book exam online. It is strongly recommended, though not required, to complete this exam prior to attending your seminar.
Level 1: 50 questions
Levels 2-4: 100 questions

Online Class Modules

All USA Hockey registered officials will be required to complete an online curriculum as part of their registration requirements. This curriculum is specific to your level of officiating and is designed to be done at your leisure. Each official will be able to access their specific curriculum through their profile page on or by entering in their last name and official’s number in the Online Seminars section of USA Hockey’s website.

Officials will be able to log in and log out of their curriculum as often as they would like, though there is a limited time period to complete the curriculum after your first log-in (60 days for Level 1 officials, 45 days for Levels 2-4). The curriculum consists of a series of video presentations followed by short quizzes. It is recommended that the first two (out of three) sections of the curriculum be completed before attending your in-person seminar.

USA Hockey Seminar

All officials are required to attend a USA Hockey seminar, including classroom and on-ice portions. A full catalog of USAHockey’s seminars nationwide can be found on their website.

A complete list of local USA Hockey seminars, presented by LAHOA, can be found below (see: Attend a Seminar).

Levels 2-4: must complete a closed-book exam at your seminar

SafeSport Program

All USA Hockey registered officials are required to complete the SafeSport program. The course is good for two years.

Instructions to complete the SafeSport program

Receive Certification

Once these requirements have been met, you will receive your crest and referee card, with level achieved, in the mail.

You may check your registration status with USA Hockey at any time, including a 10-year history of your registration.
(NOTE: this is NOT your LAHOA registration status – this link will show you your USA Hockey status for the above-listed criteria).