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Officials Program

From gate judges to technical delegates, officials are essential to the success of all Canadian snowboarding events.


The purpose of the Officials Training Program is to provide snowboard officials with a greater understanding of the role they will assume during a competition and to introduce them to the rules of snowboard competition, the International Rules of Competition (IRC) of the Fédération International de Ski (FIS). Canada~Snowboard has a three Level Program to ensure officials will have the best opportunity to have all necessary knowledge & experience.


A portal dedicated to Officials

Canada Snowboard and the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association have collaborated to develop, align and strengthen the Canadian Snowsports Officials System. This long-term partnership is intended to harmonize officials training and create an online portal that will meet the needs of both Snowboard and Freestyle officials nationwide.



All Officials on-site at any event are expected to have a current memberships with Canada Snowboard trough their respective Provincial Territorial Snowboard Associations or they will not be permitted on-course.

By sanctioning an event or competition, Canada Snowboard assumes all liability risk for the event inn question and all individuals involved. In order for Canada Snowboard to protect themselves, the Provincial Territorial Snowboard Associations, and all the other parties, they must ensure that everyone on course (athletes, coaches, officials, judges, etc.) have a current membership as to make sure they fall under the provided liability coverage. 

All Officials will have register for events they intend to work through GoalLine  as a membership verification method.

Officials are considered to be at risk since they are working in the elements, working in close proximity to event activity, climbing scaffolding, standing in dangerous areas, etc.

By purchasing your membership and paying the related fees to Canada Snowboard you will receive liability coverage in any sanctioned activity for the season, access to register for courses or further professional development, and access to the Canada Snowboard Shred Hookups deals.

Please be sure to purchase/renew your membership early on every season as to avoid any gaps in coverage or arriving at an event without one.

You can register and purchase your membership online HERE


The Pathway

Please click on a Level's image for more information on training in that context.


The purpose of the Canada~Snowboard Level I certification course is to ensure that all participants receive the basic knowledge regarding the execution of snowboard competitions in all disciplines. Having completed the necessary steps in achieving this certification standard, a Level Iofficial will be able to assist in a variety of roles on the hill and/or indoor, at the regional and NorAM tour event levels.


The purpose of the Canada~Snowboard Level II certification course is to ensure that all participants receive the necessary knowledge through a variety of roles in a real officiating environment to ensure proper execution of snowboard competitions in all disciplines. Having completed the necessary steps, a Level II official will be able to lead in a variety of roles on the hill and/or indoor, at the regional, national tour and in some cases world cup level events.
In the Level II officials course, a participant will gain a strong working knowledge and understanding of the FIS Rule Book, learn how to use it decisions-making in the field of play, experiment through practical experiences in a variety of organizational tasks and be examined on their skills and leadership abilities.

The 3rd and final level of the Canada~Snowboard Officials Training Program is designed to promote and ensure continuing education for all top level Canadian Officials. To achieve Level III certification, an Official must have completed all Jury Positions (except Head Judge) in each discipline. They must show a strong working knowledge of the FIS Rule Book and support their decisions within the FIS Rule Book. This course is only for candidates who have fulfilled all Level II Officials Requirements. This course will be delivered once per year.

In the level III course, participants will gain an even stronger working knowledge and understanding of the FIS Rule Book and how to use it decision-making in the field of play. They will experiment through practical experiences as senior officials and will be tested on their skills and leadership abilities in action. The participant will then become a reference person in their province, to support local organizing comities (LOC’s) in the preparation and execution stages of their events. The level 3 certified official will also represent Canada~Snowboard as a key official.

Once all the necessary steps in achieving this certification standard are completed the level III certified officials will:

  • Lead as event chair and chief of competition at high level of events, including, national championships and world cups.
  • Will be a Canadian Technical delegate and be asked to take on that role at various regional and non F.I.S Canadian event in their province or territory
  • Evaluate and rate an event according to CSF events standards in the corresponding level of the event
  • Will become a certified level II course conductor


For further questions regarding the Canada~Snowboard's Officials Training Program, please contact bssvpvnyf@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn