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There are several ways to get involved as an official!

The different categories of officials are:

  • judges/evaluators
  • technical panel officials (including Data Input and Video Replay Operators)
  • data specialists.

How to become an official:

  • All candidates must be 16 years old. However, they can be younger than sixteen when they begin their training.
  • All officials must attend training clinics. They must also pass written and practical exams for every level. For judges and technical panel officials there is specific training for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating).

Who can become an Official?

  • STAR 1-4 Judge: Parents, Primary STARSkate certified coaches (with 2 years experience), current and former skaters. Anyone who loves skating – no previous skating experience required!
  • STAR 5 Judge/Evaluator and higher: Are usually former skaters or coaches.
    Must have a skating background*
  • Technical Controller and Technical Specialist: Recruited from athletes, coaches, Skate Canada judges and referees. Must have a skating background*
  • Data Specialist: Are usually parents, current or former skaters and former coaches.
    Anyone who loves skating – no previous skating experience required!

*Skating Background Definitions:

  • Any two of Junior Bronze Free Skating, Skills, Dance; or
  • Any one of Senior Bronze Free Skating, Skills, Dance or a Juvenile Competitive test; or
  • Any one higher level test

Further information about the specific regulations on how to become an official are outlined in the Officials Definition Appointment and Qualification procedure (ODAQ):


Judge Training Registration – Montreal November 18 & 19, 2017
We invite you to complete your registration to the STAR 1-5 Judge Training before October 2nd at 3:30 p.m.


Useful Links:

Visual Pathway:

For more information or to get started, contact:
Patty Klein
Officials Representative, Lac St Louis Region