Rules Education

Golf Canada offers several programs to learn the Rules of Golf. Our Education Program is designed for all golfers wishing to improve their level of knowledge of the Rules of Golf including recreational golfers, competitive golfers, professionals and rules officials, or those wishing to become a rules official.

Whether you have an interest in learning the basics or wish to pursue national certification as a rules official, Golf Canada offers the right program for you. Read about each level of education below and then click on the appropriate link for more information.

You can also view our Rules Education Pathway here.

Level 1

Level 1 of the program is a beginner program that introduces the basic concepts and language of the Rules of Golf. Examples, videos, animations and exercises are used to introduce the student to the principles of the Rules and how to use the Rules book. The program is ideal for juniors, beginners and golfers who have had no previous experience with the Rules.

Level 2

Level 2 of the program builds on the experience of Level 1 and introduces the key reference manual for officials: the Decisions on the Rules of Golf. This publication is the key to understanding how the Rules of Golf are applied on the course. In addition to introducing some of the fundamental rules through examples, videos and exercises, Level 2 teaches the student how to use the Decisions book effectively when the Rules book alone does not provide the answer.


  • Achieve 80% on the Level 2 Exam at
  • Complete 20 hours of satisfactory on-course experience as a Starter/Scorer/Official at club, regional or provincial events

Click here for your printable Tournament Work Record form.

Level 3

Level 3 of the program is comprised of a three day seminar conducted by the provincial golf associations. The seminar covers the most common Rules of Golf and includes practical sessions that demonstrate how the Rules apply on the golf course. To be certified at Level 3 an official must successfully pass the exam and meet the minimum practical requirements. The Level 3 program leads to provincial certification as a tournament official. Once Level 3 certified, an official is qualified to attend the Level 4 national certification seminar. To find out about seminars in your area, please contact your provincial golf association.

Pre-requiste: Level 2 Certification


  • Complete Level 3 Rules of Golf Seminar
  • Achieve 85% on Level 3 Exam
  • 10 hours accompanying a Certified Rules Official as an observer at a regional or provincial event
  • Minimum of 50 hours of satisfactory on-course experience as a Rules Official at regional or provincial events

Note: Level 3 and Level 4 exams must be written in separate calendar years.

Click here for your printable Tournament Work Record form.

Level 4

Level 4 of the program leads to national rules certification. This is a necessary, but not sufficient qualification to work as a rules official at a Golf Canada national championship. The Level 4 program is intended for experienced rules officials who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a rules official. Considerable time is spent on the golf course discussing complex issues of the Rules of Golf. The optional 3 hour exam is a rigorous test of the Rules of Golf intended to identify those candidates with the highest level of knowledge. Registration is available online by clicking the Level 4 link below.

Pre-requiste: Level 3 Certification


  • Complete Level 4 Rules of Golf Seminar
  • Achieve 85% on the Rules of Golf exam
  • 100 hours of satisfactory on-course experience as a Level 3 Rules Official at regional or provincial events.

Click here for your printable Tournament Work Record form.

Level 4 – Seminar Information

Golf Canada’s Level 4 Rules of Golf seminars are intended for experienced officials. Registration for a 2014 Rules of Golf Seminars is restricted to persons who:

  • are Level 3 certified officials;
  • have achieved 70% or better on the Level 4 Rules Exam or 80% or better on the USGA Rules Exam within the last four years; or
  • have achieved 92% or better on the USGA Rules Exam after January 1, 2003; or
  • are currently or have been previously certified at Level 4 or equivalent by Golf Canada.

NOTE: Those who have achieved a mark of 85% or higher since 2010 have the option to write the exam without the seminar. There will be a review session available on the Saturday afternoon prior to the exam, which will be written on the Sunday morning at each of the below scheduled seminars. The registration fee for writing the exam only is $100.00. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

The Level 4 Seminar will consist of a combination of classroom theory and sessions focusing on the practical application of tournament officiating. Participants are expected to have a good understanding of the Rules of Golf prior to attending. In order to take full advantage of the curriculum, in addition to the above criteria, participants should have some experience as a tournament official.

During the seminar, participants will have the option of writing the Level 4 Rules Exam. The exam will consist of a combination of multiple choice and word questions similar to the examples provided in the Seminar Workbook. The exam time limit is 3 hours. The Level 4 Rules Exam may be taken only once per calendar year and only at the seminar in which you are registered.

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. To register on-line, please click the link at the bottom of this page (AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2nd) and ensure that you provide us with your full mailing address, including your postal code, as well as details of the credit card to which the registration fee of $250.00 is to be charged. Include the type of card (Visa/Mastercard/AmEx), name of the cardholder, full account number and date of expiry.

Your application will be confirmed by email. You can expect to receive the seminar materials (via email and post) at least 4 weeks prior to the seminar date.

If you register and must withdraw, please be kind enough to advise us as soon as possible. If you cancel at least two weeks prior to the first day of your seminar by notifying the Rules Seminar Administrator (, your fee will be refunded subject to a $50.00 (or $30.00 for exam-only participants) non-refundable fee to cover the cost of materials and administration. The seminar fee is fully non-refundable for anyone withdrawing less than 14 days prior to the seminar start date.

Note: The seminar fee includes all course materials, light breakfast and lunch each day.
If you require further information please call the Rules Seminar Administrator at (905) 849-9700 ext. 244 or 1-800-263-0009 ext. 244.

4-DAY SEMINARS – (Maximum 40 participants at each venue) – COST $250.00 for full seminar, or $100.00 to write the exam only.

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