Become A Rules Official
Golf Canada will be conducting its National Rules Seminars virtually due to the continued impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. While we explored in-person options, we were unable to commit to doing so safely.
REGISTRATION & FEE
Participants will be charged a fee of $200 and will be required to register for one of the sessions outlined below by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 10th. The exam will be optional, but all participants must notify the National Rules Seminar Administrator of their intention to write the exam at least one (1) week prior to the start of their registered seminar. Referees who have previously attended and certified at the National Level will also have the option of not attending the seminar sessions and only writing the exam. The exam only fee is $100.
Participants may register for a session that is not held within their region to accommodate their personal and/or work schedules. Additionally, participants in Québec may opt to attend any of the other sessions if they would prefer that the material is covered in English.
FORMAT & SCHEDULE
Each seminar will be delivered over a period of three (3) weeks and will have a total of five (5) sessions (the fifth session will be the online examination). All the sessions (excluding the examination) will be a maximum of two (2) hours and will take place at the time indicated in the document below. The timing of each examination session will be communicated at a later date.
2021 SEMINAR DATES & TIMES
- Achieved Provincial Level certification in 2019 or 2020 (including all practical hours)
- Achieved a minimum of 80% or better on the National Rules Examination in 2019 or 2020
- Achieved a minimum of 90% or better on the PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Examination in 2019-2021, in addition to having completed the number of practical hours required at the Provincial Level
- Previous certification (Level 3 or Level 4) under the old Golf Canada Rules Education Program (Note: must have achieved full certification prior to the introduction of the 2019 Rules of Golf)
Minimum & Maximum Session Size
If there are fewer than 7 participants registered by the deadline, Golf Canada reserves the right to cancel the seminar or transfer participants to another seminar. If cancelled, all applicants will be refunded their seminar fee. Each seminar will have a maximum capacity of 25 participants.
If you need to withdraw from a seminar, please email the National Rules Seminar Administrator as soon as possible. If you cancel at least two (2) weeks prior to the first session of your seminar, the seminar 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 first session of your seminar.
In addition to publishing the Rules of Golf, Golf Canada is committed to train and educate all golfers that could ultimately lead to national certification as a Referee.
New for 2019, Golf Canada will be adopting the R&A’s Rules Education system. One of the main objectives of the Rules Modernization Initiative was to create consistency around the world in many facets of the Rules of Golf, including educating and training referees. The exams that Golf Canada will use and the designation by marks achieved will be consistent throughout the countries allied to the R&A, such as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
While Golf Canada traditionally has employed a four-level system, the R&A’s Rules Education program consists of a three-tiered approach which similarly Golf Canada has adopted. Level 1 is the introductory level to Golf Canada’s Rules Education program which then proceeds into separate programming for individuals to continue through our Rules Education Pathway at the provincial and national level.
Level 1 is an easy and interesting way to learn the basics of golf. This level focuses on the game’s etiquette, key definitions, and the most common situations in the field. As part of the Level 1 program, students can put their knowledge to the test by answering summary questions at the end of each section, before tackling the Level 1 online certification exam.
CLICK HERE to begin Level 1
Provincial level seminars are conducted by the provincial golf associations (PA), and the curriculum will begin to look at the more important playing Rules in detail. Some of the complexities that are found in the Rules of Golf book or the Official Guide on the Rules of Golf are introduced along while also implementing on-course demonstrations. The Provincial level is designed for individuals with an involvement in tournament administration, or a desire to have such an involvement.
- Level 1 certified (online)
Requirements to be Provincially Certified:
- Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the Provincial exam, administered by the PA
- Complete 50 hours of on-course experience as a Referee.
- Complete an additional 10 hours accompanying a Nationally certified Referee at a championship.
For National accompanying opportunities in your area, please see the Golf Canada Competitions schedule or contact your Provincial Association for more information.
National level seminars consist of a three-day seminar run by Golf Canada. It serves to give guidance and advice on refereeing at the highest level. This program is intended for experienced Referees who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a referee.
- Provincial level certification (written and practical components completed)
Requirements to be Nationally Certified:
- Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the National level exam, administered by Golf Canada.
- Complete 100 hours of on-course experience as a Referee, including 10 of those hours accompanying a current Nationally certified Referee.