Official's Certification


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The levels of accreditation a person requires to qualify for appointment as an Official are:

  • Level I (Club) - only members of one club participating, appointed/recruited by the club officials' representative 
  • Level II (Local) - competitions within the Division, appointed/recruited by DOC;
  • Level III (Divisional/Provincial) - competitions within the Division/Province including the BC Summer Games, appointed/recruited by the DOC
  • Level IV (National) - national canoe/kayak championships, Canada Games, Western Canada Summer Games - appointment by the Sprint Racing Council upon recommendation of the NOC;
  • Level V (International) - international competitions such as the Olympic Games, World Championships - nominated by Canoe Kayak Canada 

Each level has a set of skills and performance standards that must be evaluated before accreditation is granted.
There are three phases to the process of gaining National Accreditation:

  • written examination,
  • oral examination, and
  • practical assessment.

The minimum requirements to apply for the National Accredited Official examination are:

  • be not less than 20 years of age or more than 65 years of age;
  • successfully completed Level III, where applicable;
  • have demonstrated competence at various roles as an on-land and/or on-water official.

Candidate officials apply to CKC through their Provincial Sport Organization to write the examination (prior to December 30 each year) and after review by the NOC, a convenient time is arranged to sit the examination and, if successful, an oral examination immediately follows. The practical assessment is performed in the Division. Details are outlined in the "Officials Manual".

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Canoe Kayak BC is the Provincial Sport Organization for the paddle sports and actively encourages and provides opportunities to enjoy, participate and excel in them. Members include competitive athletes, developing athletes, enthusiasts, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport. The association's mission enourages and promotes personal growth and success for our members through participation and performance in paddle sports.

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