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.
In order to align the programs, Golf Canada’s current Levels 1 and 2
will be consolidated into just one level (the new Level 1). We will
maintain separate programs for individuals to continue through our Rules
Education Pathway at the provincial and national level, which will be
the new Level 2 and Level 3.
This level is only accessible online. For the French seminar, click here
, for the English seminar, click here
Level 1 provides an interesting and easy way to learn the basics of
the Rules of Golf. This level will focus on Etiquette, the principle
definitions and commonly encountered situations on the course. As part
of the Level 1 program, students will be able to test their knowledge by
taking the review questions at the end of each section before
attempting the online Level 1 Exam.
The final exam for this level can be given by Golf Québec but the education webinars are provided by Golf Ontario. Golf Québec only offers French webinars.
There are a few options to complete the level 2 certification in English:
1) You can register with Golf Ontario and select the webinars only option to complete the exam in one of the Golf Québec exam locations (in this case, the exam would be provided in English). To gain access to the Golf Ontario webinars, click on the register button under level 2 on the right side of this page. You will also need to contact Eric Couture at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you wish to complete your exam at a Golf Québec location.
2) You can register with Golf Ontario and select the webinars & workshop option to complete all of the certification requirements via Golf Ontario. Once your seminar is completed and that you have written your exam, please inform Eric Couture at email@example.com
that you have completed your exam.
Level 2 (provincial certification) seminars will be conducted by
provincial golf associations, and the curriculum will begin to look at
the more important playing Rules in detail. Level 2 (provincial) will be
designed for individuals with an involvement in tournament
administration or a desire to have such an involvement.
You will receive the Full Rules of Golf version after you complete your registration for the Level 2 Seminar.
This level is given by Golf Canada
Level 3 (national certification) will 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
To register for the Level 3 training sessions in English, contact Gerry Bower