Curling Canada recognizes the need for a National Curling Umpires Certification Program. Accordingly, standard guidelines for the training and development of curling umpires who will be capable of officiating at provincial or national competitions have been developed.
There is a five level system developed:
Time Clock Operator/ Observer Official (previously level 1)
- Complete registration and submit to your Curling Canada Member Association
- Complete the self-taught Time Clock Operator Course
- Complete the self-taught Observer Course
- Complete the practical requirement of a minimum of six games of officiating experience under the supervision of a Level 3, 4 or 5 Chief Umpire at a Curling Canada Member Association or Curling Canada Canadian championship and receive a positive evaluation. Submit the completed Time Clock Operator/Observer practical form to your Curling Canada Member Association.
Game Umpire (previously level 2)
- Game Time Clock Operator/Observer Certification
- Attend a Game Umpire Training Course (contact your Member Association for dates and location of upcoming courses)
- Complete and pass the Game Umpire exam (open book); 70% required
- Complete the practical requirement of a minimum of six games total of game umpire experience at two Curling Canada Member Association championships under the supervision of Level 3, 4 or 5 Chief Umpires and receive positive evaluations
LEVEL 3 – CURLSASK Chief Umpire
- Game Umpire Certification
- Serve as Deputy Chief Umpire at a minimum of one Curling Canada Member Association Championship
- Serve as Chief Umpire at a minimum of one Curling Canada Member Association Championship
- Receive positive evaluations from the Curling Canada Member Association Championship Committee Chair or Association and a recommendation from a recognized Curling Canada Member Association Chief Umpire
LEVEL 4 – National Game Umpire, Deputy Chief Umpire & Chief Umpire
- CURLSASK (or other MA) Chief Umpire
- Recommended to Curling Canada by a Curling Canada Member Association
- Serve as Game Umpire at minimum of two Curling Canada arena-based championships and receive positive evaluations from the Chief Umpires
LEVEL 5 – National Chief Umpire
- National Chief Umpire Certified
- Serve as Chief Umpire at a minimum of two Curling Canada arena-based championships and receive positive evaluations from the Director, Championship Services.