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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.

Officials Terms of Reference
Officials Operations Manual
Officials Certification Requirements


All Officials on-site at any event are expected to have current memberships with Canada Snowboard through their respective PTSA or they will not be permitted on-course.

By sanctioning an event or competition, Canada Snowboard assumes all liability risk for the event in question and all individuals involved. In order for Canada Snowboard to protect themselves, the Provincial/ Territorial Snowboard Associations, and all 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. There is no opt-out option and Canada Snowboard cannot assume risk for uninsured individuals directly involved. 

  • Officials will have to register for events they intend to work through the SnowReg Platform 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 CS 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 CS 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.

  • Level 1 officials who are helping out at events in a non-paid capacity require a VOLUNTEER Membership ($0.00 Membership Fee) with BASIC Shred Hookups
  • Technical Delegates and level 2 and 3 officials at events require an OFFICIALS Membership ($5.00 Membership Fee) with FULL Shred Hookups
  • All certified and active judges require a JUDGES Membership ($5.00 Membership Fee_ with FULL Shred Hookups

For more information about memberships, FIS licenses and SAIP insurance, click HERE.

To contact the Canada Snowboard Member Services Department email at vasb@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn


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