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Officials Definition, Appointment and Qualifications Policy

Effective date: February 10, 2017

Revised date: February 21, 2017

Wording in blue denotes rules relating to Officials.

1.0 DEFINITIONS

1.1 DATA SPECIALIST: A data specialist is an individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and certified as per item 15.0 of this policy to calculate the results of sanctioned figure skating competitions.

1.2 CLINIC LEADER: A clinic leader is an experienced official who has been specifically trained as a clinic leader by his/her section and appointed by the Skate Canada Officials' Development Committee.

1.3 EVALUATOR: An evaluator is an individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and certified as per item 10.0 of this policy to assess tests in the STARSkate program. Evaluators are qualified to assess tests at or below a specified level (effective September 1st 2017 the lowest test level assessed by evaluators will be Senior Bronze) in one or more of the STARSkate program disciplines.

1.4 JUDGE: A judge is an individual sixteen years of age or older who has been trained and certified as per item 9.0 of this policy. Judges are qualified to officiate at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

1.5 REFEREE: A referee of a competition is an experienced judge who has received further training to conduct a competitive event and monitor the performance of the panel of judges. Referees are qualified to referee or judge at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

1.6 TECHNICAL CONTROLLER: A technical controller is an individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for accurate technical panel process and is responsible for authorizing, correcting, deleting and adding elements to the list of elements performed during a competitive performance. Technical controllers are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

1.7 TECHNICAL SPECIALIST: A technical specialist is an individual sixteen years of age or older who identifies elements and levels of difficulty of elements in competition. The technical specialist will also identify falls illegal elements and illegal features where appropriate to discipline. Technical specialists are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in one or more of singles, pairs, ice dance or synchronized skating.

1.8 BASE LEVEL TECHNICAL OFFICIAL: A base level technical official (BLTO) is an individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for accurate technical panel process and is responsible for authorizing, correcting, deleting and adding elements to the list of elements performed during a competitive performance. A BLTO assists with the identification of elements in competition. The BLTO will also assist with the identification of falls and illegal elements where appropriate to discipline. BLTO are qualified to act on panels at or below a specified level of competition in singles and can only be assigned to events where elements can be called no higher than base level.

 

2.0 ELIGIBILITY

2.1 Eligible Person Status: All referees, judges, evaluators and data specialists must be eligible persons as defined in Section 2100 and are subject to the restrictions of Rule 2104(2)(A)(i). (Rule 2501(1))

2.2 Compensation: All technical controllers, referees, technical specialists, judges, evaluators and data specialists may receive direct compensation in accordance with ISU rules, however for all revenues earned or received from their expertise as an official, they shall abide by the Skate Canada Skater Trust Guidelines. (Rule 2501(2))

 

3.0 APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION PROCEDURES FOR ALL OFFICIALS

3.1 Individuals that meet the established criteria and are interested in seeking initial appointment and/or promotion as an official must apply, or communicate their intention to the appropriate Section Officials Committee.

3.2 Individuals who have completed all the requirements outlined in items 9.0, 10.0, 11.0, 12.0, 13.0, 14.0 or 15.0 of this policy in one or more disciplines shall submit an application for appointment and/or promotion to the appropriate Section Officials Committee or the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee.

3.3 All training requirements outlined in item 9.0 to 15.0 shall be valid for two three years from the date of completion. Requests to extend the validity of training requirements must be made in writing to the appropriate Section Officials Committee or the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee

3.4 The dates relating to the submission of promotion applications, applications for exams and the receipt of recommendations and appointment reviews shall be established annually and published by the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committees and communicated to the appropriate Section Officials Committees.

3.5 The appointment, promotion and monitoring of all judges, evaluators, referees base level technical officials, technical controllers and technical specialists shall be dealt with in the following manner:

    1. Detailed requirements for each level of appointment are outlined in items 9.0 and 14.0 of this policy.
    2. The Section Officials Committee will offer training clinics for judge, evaluator, referee and base level technical official applicants based on need (location and/ or discipline/ level). Clinic leaders will be responsible for training during the clinic and assessing the performance of candidates in the clinic. It is recommended that the total number of participants at each clinic shall not exceed fifteen per clinic leader.
    3. The National Service Centre in conjunction with the sections will offer training clinics for section level technical controllers and specialists applicants based on need (location and/ or discipline/ level). Technical controllers and/or specialists will be selected by the Officials Development Committee and the National Service Centre to act as clinic leaders, and will be responsible for training during the clinic and assessing the performance of candidates in the clinic. It is recommended that the total number of participants at each clinic shall not exceed fifteen per clinic leader
    4. The appropriate Section Officials Committee shall review for approval all judge, evaluator, referee, base level technical controller, technical controller and technical specialist promotion applications up to and including the section/regional level. The Section Officials Committee will communicate the decision directly to the candidate. If approved these are to be communicated to the National Service Centre Member Services Department and shall take effect immediately.
    5. Applications to take Challenge and Canadian judge, referee, technical controller and technical specialist exams are to be submitted to the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee for review and consideration for approval. Section support must accompany Challenge singles, pair and ice dance exam applications, and Canadian synchronized skating exam applications. The Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee will communicate final decisions directly to the candidate and copy the Section Officials Committee.
    6. International and ISU judge, referee, technical controller and technical specialist exam applications are to be submitted to the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee for review and consideration for approval. The committee will communicate this decision directly to the candidate and copy the Section Officials Committee. Following successful completion of all of the requirements for nomination, candidates' applications will be forwarded, by April 15 of each year, to the ISU for consideration for approval.

3.6 The appointment, promotion and monitoring of all data specialists shall be dealt with in the following manner:

    1. Detailed requirements for each level of appointment are outlined in items 15.0 of this policy.
    2. The Section Data Specialist Committee will offer training clinics based on need (location and/ or discipline/ level).
    3. The Section Data Specialist Committee will review for approval all introductory and level I applications. The Section Data Specialist Committee will communicate the decision directly to the candidate. If approved these are to be communicated to the National Service Centre Member Services Department and shall take effect immediately.
    4. All level II and III data specialist applications for promotion are to be submitted to the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee by the Section Data Specialists Committee for review and consideration for approval. The Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee shall notify the Section Data Specialist Committee of the level II promotions that it supports or does not support, and the Section Data Specialists Committee shall be responsible for communicating the decision to the individuals concerned. The Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee will communicate the decision regarding level III applications directly to the candidate and copy the Section Data Specialist Committee.

3.7 The Section Officials Committee or Section Data Specialists Committee, as appropriate, may require any evaluator, judge, referee, base level technical official, technical controller, technical specialist or data specialist to attend additional seminars or clinics and/ or write an examination as a condition of continued appointment.

3.8 An individual wishing to appeal a decision of the Section Officials Committee shall forward such an appeal to the staff lead of the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee with a copy to the Chair of the applicable Section Officials Committee.

3.9 Any individual wishing to appeal the decisions of the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee shall forward the appeal to the staff lead of the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee with a copy to the Chair of the applicable Section Officials Committee. A working group of three people, who are not members of the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee will review and decide on the appeal.

3.10 The Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee shall have the authority, in exceptional circumstances, to recommend the promotion of an official even if the requirements for promotion have not been entirely met. All such promotions shall be reported to the Skate Canada Board of Directors.

3.11 The Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee may take any action deemed necessary with respect to the appointment, promotion, demotion or deletion of any official to ensure that the best interests of skating and Skate Canada are protected.

4.0 ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENTS

4.1 Appointments or promotions as evaluators, Primary/STAR 1-4 to Senior judges, Event to Section referees, base level technical officials, section level technical controllers or section level technical specialists shall become effective on the date of approval by the Section Officials Committee.

4.2 Appointments as Skate Canada Challenge or Canadian Championship judges, referees, technical controllers or technical specialists shall become effective on the date of approval by the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee.

4.3 Appointments as International or ISU judges, referees, technical controllers or technical specialists shall become effective on the date determined by the ISU.

4.4 All promotions to Introductory and Level I data specialist shall become effective on the date of approval by the Section Data Specialists Committee.

4.5 All promotions to Level II, or III data specialist shall become effective on the date of approval by the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee.

6.10 A list of all appointments including addresses and phone numbers shall be issued annually and sent to members of the Board of Directors and to all members of the officials committee that has responsibility over a particular class of promotion as stated in this policy.

6.11 The officials list as provided to the Section shall be updated to include all appointments of officials from their Section. The Section is responsible for distributing this list to clubs within their Section.

6.12 All appointments and removals are reviewed by the Domestic Officials Committee which reserves the right to make additional appointments and removals as deemed necessary.

6.13 Supplementary lists may be issued at the discretion of the Domestic Officials or High Performance Committee, as deemed appropriate.

7.0 DURATION OF APPOINTMENT

7.2 Evaluators who are within a three-year period of their initial appointment must successfully complete a mentored test session at least once per year as a condition of continued appointment.

7.3 Evaluators, judges and referees must participate in an approved Continuing Education Activity at least once every three years as a condition of continued appointment. The certification of an activity as meeting the "Continuing Education" requirement shall be made by the Section Officials Committee.

5.0 EXTENT OF APPOINTMENT

5.1 Any evaluator, judge, referee base level technical official, technical controller or technical specialist is eligible to officiate at or below the specified level of certification in the applicable disciplines.

5.2 Primary judges are qualified to judge Preliminary or lower events, and any other event requiring no more than a Preliminary test as a prerequisite at Interclub or Invitational competitions. Primary judges may also judge any event at a club competition.

5.3 STAR 1-4 judges are qualified to judge any event that is assessed to standard

5.4 Juvenile judges are qualified to judge Juvenile or lower events in the applicable discipline at any competition up to and including Sectionals and STAR 8 (Junior Silver) and lower events at Interclub or Invitational competitions.

5.5 Pre-Novice judges are qualified to judge Pre-Novice or lower events in the applicable discipline at any competition up to and including Sectionals and Gold and lower events at Interclub or Invitational competitions.

5.6 Novice, Junior and Senior judges are qualified to judge the corresponding levels or lower events in the applicable discipline at any competition up to and including Sectionals/Regionals and any level event at Interclub or Invitational competitions. Senior judges may be invited to complete the panel in the applicable discipline for a Challenge Competition. Senior synchronized skating judges may be invited to complete the panel for a Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships.

5.7 Challenge judges are qualified to judge all events in the applicable discipline in all competitions up to and including a Challenge Competition. Challenge judges may be invited to complete the panel in the applicable discipline for a Junior National or Canadian Championship.

5.8 Canadian judges are qualified to judge all events in all competitions up to and including the Canadian Championships in the applicable discipline.

5.9 International and ISU judges are qualified to judge all events in all competitions up to and including the Canadian Championships, and any international /ISU competitions as per ISU guidelines.

5.10 A referee shall be eligible to referee an event if (and only if) he/she is qualified to judge the event.

5.11 Event referees may referee an event at the STAR 6 (Senior Bronze) level or lower and any other event requiring no more than a Senior Bronze test as a prerequisite at Interclub or Invitational competitions.

5.12 Interclub referees may referee events up to and including the Novice level and any event at the Gold level or lower in the applicable discipline in Interclub or Invitational competitions.

5.13 Sectional, Challenge and Canadian referees may referee any event at any competition in the applicable discipline up to and including the corresponding Championship.

5.14 Basic level technical officials may act as an assistant technical specialist or a technical controller in the applicable discipline at events at any competition where elements can be identified at no higher than basic level.

5.15 Sectional, Challenge and Canadian technical controllers may act as a technical controller in the applicable discipline at events at any competition up to and including the corresponding Championship. Technical controllers may, in specific cases also serve as a technical specialist or assistant technical specialist (refer to CPC Regulations Section A – General Regulations, Section 140 paragraphs 2. and 3. and CPC Regulations Section B – Qualifying and Championship Events, Section 200 paragraph 1. c) for specific detail).

5.16 Sectional, Challenge and Canadian technical specialists may act as a technical specialist in the applicable discipline at events at any competition up to and including the corresponding Championship.

5.17 A data specialist at any level is eligible to act as a chief data specialist at or below his/her current level of certification. Individuals may act as an assistant data specialist (this includes data specialist in training) up to one level higher than his/her current certification.

6.0 RESCINDING OF APPOINTMENT

6.1 Evaluators, judges, referees, technical controllers, technical specialists and data specialists who are inactive for more than two consecutive years shall be removed from the list by the relevant Section Committee unless satisfactory reason exists. (Rule 2509(1))

6.2 Demotion or removal of referees, evaluators, judges, technical controllers, technical specialists or data specialists may be made at any time for good and sufficient reason by the Domestic Officials’ Committee or the Board of Directors, whichever is responsible for the classification in question (in consultation with the appropriate Section Committee). (Rule 2509(2))

7.0 REAPPOINTMENT OF OFFICIALS

7.1 Experienced evaluators, judges, referees, technical controllers, technical specialists or data specialists whose appointments have been rescinded for reasons other than incompetence, may be re-appointed to a level not higher than their previous level upon completion of appropriate up-dating activities. Requests for such re-appointment shall be forwarded by the appropriate Section committee to the Domestic Officials’ Committee for consideration. (Rule 2510)

  1. Evaluator (all levels), section/region level (and below) judge, referee, technical specialist and controller, base level technical official, introductory or level I data specialist requests for re-appointment shall be considered by the appropriate section committee
  2. Challenge level (and above) judge, referee, technical specialist and controller, level II or III data specialist requests for re-appointment shall be considered by the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee.

7.2 ISU and International Technical Panel officials will follow the guidelines for re-nomination and re-appointment as outlined in ISU Special Regulations and Technical Rules.

7.3 Recertification guidelines for judges:
  1. STAR 1-4 judges who are inactive for 24 to 36 months will need to:
    • Review rule changes with a clinic leader or senior judge
    • Monitor a panel or participate in a mock panel for at least 12 skaters, which may be from multiple events
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
  2. STAR 1-4 judges who are inactive for longer than 36 months will need to follow the certification procedure as outlined in item 9.3
  3. Juvenile to Senior Sectional/Regional judges who are inactive for 24 to 36 months will need to:
    • Provide at least two satisfactory reports of trial judging of events at the level to which they are seeking re-appointment. For Novice and Senior level judges these should be complete events (short and free if applicable to discipline). Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Officials Committee the judge may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification.
  4. Juvenile to Senior Sectional/Regional judges who are inactive for longer than 36 months will need to:
    • Confirm that they have been previously been trained to officiate in the Cumulative Points Calculation (CPC) judging system
      • If not previously trained to officiate in CPC, they must attend an initial training seminar in CPC. This seminar should be a one to two day seminar led by a Skate Canada clinic leader and include practical exercises such as trial judging.
      • If previously trained to officiate in CPC, they must successfully complete a CPC refresher seminar. This seminar should be a half-day to a day spent with a senior level or higher judge who is ideally (but not necessarily) also a clinic leader. Content of the refresher seminar will be determined by the Section Judges Committee.
    • Provide at least two satisfactory trial judge reports of events at the level to which they are seeking re-appointment. For Novice and Senior level judges these should be complete events (short and free in applicable to discipline). Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Officials Committee the judge may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification.
  5. Challenge level and higher judges who have been inactive for longer than 24 months will be required to complete up-dating activities at the discretion of the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee
7.4 Recertification guidelines for evaluators:
  1. Evaluators who have been inactive for 24 to 36 months will need to
    • Complete one supervised trial evaluating session per discipline (actual or simulated), including a selection of tests from Senior Bronze to the level at which they are seeking re-appointment.
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Officials Committee the evaluator may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification
  2. Evaluators who have been inactive for longer than 36 months will need to:
    • Complete Record of trial evaluating in the applicable discipline.
    • Complete one supervised trial evaluating session per discipline (actual or simulated), including a selection of tests from Senior Bronze to the level at which they are seeking re-appointment.
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Officials Committee the evaluator may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification
7.5 Recertification guidelines for referees:
  1. Event and interclub level referees who have been inactive for longer than 24 months will need to:
    • Be re-appointed as a judge (following guidelines outlined above)
    • Provide at least two satisfactory referee reports of judging at their respective level of certification
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Officials Committee the referee may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification
  2. Section or Regional level referees who have been inactive for longer than 24 months will need to:
    • Be re-appointed as a judge (following guidelines outlined above)
    • Provide at least two satisfactory referee reports of judging at their respective level of certification
    • Satisfactory refereeing of at least one complete interclub or invitational event (one short and one free) in the applicable discipline.
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Officials Committee the referee may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification
  3. Challenge level referees and higher who have been inactive for longer than 24 months will be required to complete up-dating activities at the discretion of the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee
7.6 Recertification guidelines for technical panel officials:
  1. Base level technical officials and section/region level technical controllers and technical specialists who are inactive for 24 to 36 months will need to:
    • Pass the Phase One Technical Rules Written Exam for that discipline, developed by Skate Canada 
    • Successfully complete the Phase II Authentic Assessment(s) for that discipline:
      • Singles must have a minimum of 12 skaters (short and/or free), which may be in one or multiple events
      • Pairs and ice dance must have a minimum of 6 teams (short and/or free of which for ice dance a minimum of 4 must be short dance), which may be in one or multiple events
      • Synchronized skating must have a minimum of 6 teams (must be from Adult I, Intermediate, Open, Junior or Senior), which may be in one or multiple events
    • The Section Officials Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • Depending on the results of the exam and assessment, the technical panel official may be re-appointed to a level not higher than their previous level of certification
    • Note that for section/region level technical controllers and specialists (all disciplines) the categories must be assessed using the level of difficulty scale
  2. Base level technical officials (singles only) and section/region level technical controllers and technical specialists who are inactive for longer than 36 months, will need to follow the certification procedure as outlined in items 12.0, 13.1 and 14.1 respectively.
  3. Challenge level and higher technical controllers or specialists who have been inactive for longer than 24 months will be required to complete up-dating activities at the discretion of the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee.
7.7 Recertification guidelines for data specialists:
  1. Introductory, level I and level II data specialists who have been inactive for 24 to 36 months will need to
    • Successfully assist at a minimum of one competition with satisfactory assessments from the Chief Data Specialist (or alternate)
    • The Section Data Specialist Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Data Specialist Committee the data specialist may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification
  2. Introductory, level I and level II data specialists who have been inactive for longer than 36 months will need to:
    • Confirm that they have been previously been trained in the Competition Scoring System (CSS) for CPC. If not previously trained in CSS, they must successfully complete a section clinic that includes instruction on computer applications
    • Successfully complete the data specialist workbook for the level (level I and II only)
    • Successfully assist at a minimum of one competition with satisfactory assessments from the Chief Data Specialist (or alternate)
    • The Section Data Specialist Committee may require additional activities for re-appointment if deemed necessary
    • After review by the Section Data Specialist Committee the data specialist may be re-appointed to a level no higher than their previous level of certification
  3. Level III data specialists who have been inactive for longer than 24 months will be required to complete up-dating activities at the discretion of the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee.

 

8.0 EVALUATORS FOR SPECIFIC TESTS

8.1 INTERPRETIVE: All Interpretive tests shall be evaluated by Interpretive Evaluators.

8.2 DIAMOND DANCE: Diamond Dance Evaluators, or Senior Competitive Dance judges who are also fully certified Gold Dance Evaluators, may evaluate the Diamond Dance Tests.

 

9.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS A JUDGE 

The specific requirements for appointment to each level are summarized below. Each judging level is a pre-requisite to the ones that follow it. Complete details can be found in the relevant training materials. Where indicated, video exercises may be substituted for actual/ demonstrated exercises if the Section Officials Committee deems it necessary. In exceptional circumstances, partial judging promotions or appointments (i.e. Pre-Novice or Junior) may be considered for with the approval of the Section Officials Committee.  

9.1 The “SKATING BACKGROUND” required for the specified levels of appointment is as follows:

  • Any two of Junior Bronze Free Skating, Skills, Dance; or
  • Any one of Senior Bronze Free Skating, Skills, Dance or a Juvenile Competitive test; or 
  • Any one higher level test.

Officials that possessed Juvenile Judge or higher qualifications in any discipline prior to the inclusion of the ‘skating background’ requirements listed above can be considered for higher levels of promotion as an official. This exception applies to all subsequent levels of judge, and referee qualifications. Note that promotion can only occur in a discipline in which the official is already qualified.

Activity, submission requirements, review and consideration of promotions required for subsequent levels of promotion are to be completed as per provisions contained within the Officials’ Definition, Appointment and Qualifications policy (ie. if a Pre-Novice Singles Judge wishes to be considered for promotion to Novice Singles Judge, requirements for that promotion as listed herein would need to be completed).

9.2 PRIMARY CLUB JUDGE

There is a separate Primary Judge promotion for each discipline (Singles, Dance and Pairs)

This promotion is active for pairs only (it is inactive for singles and ice dance)

Prerequisite: No Prerequisite.

Clinic: Successful completion of the Primary Judge Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Successful completion of the Primary Judge Exam
  • Successful completion of trial judging exercises (included in clinic)

9.3 STAR 1-4 JUDGE

Prerequisite: No Prerequisite

Clinic: Successful completion of the STAR 1-4 Judge Clinic

Requirements for Application:

  • Successful completion of the Assessment Criteria exercise (included in clinic)
  • Successful completion of Trial Judging exercises (included in clinic)

9.4 JUVENILE SECTIONAL JUDGE

There is a separate Juvenile Sectional Judge promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Juvenile promotion are:

  • Primary/STAR Judge certification (may be waived in exceptional cases) 
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Juvenile Judge Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Two satisfactory reports of trial judging Juvenile events per discipline (actual or video)
  • Successful completion of the Juvenile Exam in the discpline

9.5 NOVICE SECTIONAL (singles, pairs and ice dance) or REGIONAL (synchronized skating) JUDGE

There is a separate Novice Sectional/Regional Judge promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Singles, pairs, ice dance:

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Novice promotion are:

  • A minimum of Juvenile Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Novice Judge Clinic.

Requirements for Application

  • Two satisfactory reports of judging Juvenile events in the applicable discipline.
  • Two satisfactory reports of trial judging complete Pre-Novice or Novice events (i.e. short and free) in the applicable discipline. At least one of these reports must be at the Novice level.Please note, pre-novice/novice short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.
    Note: If the candidate is unable to submit a Pre-Novice or Novice trial judge report with more than at least 4 skaters/teams, then they are required to complete a video trial judge exercise. This exercise would be conducted with a Section proctor who shall complete a trial judge report to be submitted as part of the promotion package.
  • Successful completion of the Novice Exam in the discipline

Synchronized Skating:

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to Novice synchronized skating judge promotion are:

  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Novice Synchronized Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Three Two satisfactory reports of trial judging Pre-Novice, Novice Adult I or Adult II events
  • Successful completion of the Novice synchronized skating judge exam 

9.6 JUNIOR REGIONAL SYNCHRONIZED SKATING JUDGE

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Junior Synchronized promotion are:

  • A minimum of Novice Synchronized Judge certification
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1.

Clinic: Successful completion of the Junior/Senior Synchronized Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Three Two satisfactory reports of judging Adult I, Pre-Novice, or Novice events, at least one must be of a Novice event
    Note: if the candidate is unable to submit a Novice report, then they are required to complete a trial judge report of a Novice event. The trial judging must be completed with a proctor in attendance and must be assessed as satisfactory. If a trial judge opportunity is not available, then a report of judging of a video Novice event must be completed and must be assessed as satisfactory. 
  • Three Two satisfactory reports of trial judging of Intermediate or Junior events, at least one must be of a complete Junior event. Please note, the Junior short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of one short and one free segment is required.
    Note: If the candidate is unable to submit a Junior Trial Judge report with more than at least 4 teams, then they are required to complete a Video Trial Judge exercise. This exercise would be conducted with a Section proctor who shall complete a Trial Judge report to be submitted as part of the promotion package.
  • Successful completion of the Junior Synchronized Skating Exam

9.7 SENIOR SECTIONAL (singles, pairs and ice dance) or REGIONAL (synchronized skating) JUDGE

There is a separate Senior Sectional/Regional Judge promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Singles, pairs, ice dance

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Senior Sectional promotion are:

  • A minimum of Novice Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Senior Judge Clinic in the applicable discipline.

Requirements for Application:

  • Two satisfactory reports of judging complete events at the Pre-Novice or Novice events (i.e. short and free) in the applicable discipline; at least one must be a complete Novice event. Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.
  • Two satisfactory reports of trial judging of complete Junior or Senior events (i.e. short and free) in the applicable discipline.Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.
    Note: If the candidate is unable to submit a Senior trial judge report with more than at least 4 skaters, then they are required to complete a video trial judge exercise. This exercise would be conducted with a Section proctor who shall complete a trial judge report to be submitted as part of the promotion package.
  • Successful completion of the Senior Exam in the discipline

Synchronized Skating:

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Senior Synchronized promotion are:

  • A minimum of Junior Synchronized Judge certification
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Requirements for Application:

  • Three Two satisfactory reports of judging Junior or Intermediate events, at least one must be of a complete Junior event, (i.e. short and free). Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, at least one junior short and one junior free segment is required. 
    Note: if the candidate is unable to submit a junior report, then they are required to complete a trial judge report of a junior event. The trial judging must be completed with a proctor in attendance and must be assessed as satisfactory. If a trial judge opportunity is not available, then a report of judging of a video Junior event must be completed and must be assessed as satisfactory. 
  • Three Two satisfactory reports of trial judging of Open or Senior events, at least one must be of a complete Senior event, (i.e. short and free). Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, at least one senior short and one senior free required.
    Note: If the candidate is unable to submit a Senior trial judge report with more than at least 4 teams, then they are required to complete a video trial judge exercise. This exercise would be conducted with a Section proctor who shall complete a trial judge report to be submitted as part of the promotion package.
  • Successful completion of the Senior synchronized judge exam 

9.8 CHALLENGE JUDGE

There is a separate Challenge Judge promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Challenge promotion are:

  • A minimum of Senior Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Attendance at a Challenge Trial Judge program. Note the program must be offered at the Skate Canada Challenge Championships. Attendance at the trial judge program has no expiry date. Therefore a candidate only has to attend once for the respective discipline they are applying for.

Requirements for Application:

  • At least two satisfactory reports of judging complete Junior or Senior events (i.e. short and free) in the applicable discipline. Please note, the short and free segments may be from difference events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segmentsis required. One report is to be at the Senior level, the other can be either Junior or Senior. A maximum of one report can be based on the assessment of a video event and assessed by a referee with a minimum of Challenge level qualifications in the applicable discipline.
  • At least two satisfactory reports of trial judging from a Challenge event – at the Novice, Junior or Senior level. Please note, these reports do not expire after three years; however, reports more than three years old will be considered at the discretion of the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee.

Practical Examination: The Challenge exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successful judging at the Challenge Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

9.3 CANADIAN JUDGE

There is a separate Canadian Judge promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Singles, pairs, ice dance

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Canadian promotion are:

  • A minimum of Challenge Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1.

Requirements for Application:At least two satisfactory reports of judging complete events (i.e. short and free) in the applicable discipline at a Skate Canada Challenge competition (at least one of these is to be at the Senior level). Please note, these reports do not have to be from the same Skate Canada Challenge event/competition; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.

Practical Examination: The Canadian Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successful judging at the Canadian Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

Synchronized Skating

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Canadian Synchronized promotion are:

  • A minimum of Senior Synchronized Judge certification
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Attendance at a Canadian Synchronized Skating Trial Judge program. Note the program must be offered at the Skate Canada Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships (effective date, July 1, 2013) Attendance at the trial judge program has no expiry date. Therefore a candidate only has to attend once.

Requirements for Application: At least one satisfactory report of judging a complete Senior or equivalent event at a Regional competition, or equivalent event. Please note, the short you do need at least one short and one free segment is required.

Practical Examination: The Canadian Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successful judging at the Canadian Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

9.10 INTERNATIONAL or ISU JUDGE

For specifications see current ISU regulations

Examination: Written at the Canadian Championships.

Practical Examination: The International Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successful judging at the Canadian Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

10.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS AN EVALUATOR

The specific requirements for appointment to each level are summarized below. Each evaluating level is a pre-requisite to the ones that follow it. Complete details can be found in the relevant training materials. Where indicated, video exercises may be substituted for actual/ demonstrated exercises if the Section Officials Committee deems it necessary. Partial evaluating promotions or appointments (i.e. Junior Silver or Senior Silver) may be considered with the approval of the Section Officials Committee.

10.1 PRELIMINARY EVALUATOR

This promotion will become inactive as of September 1st, 2017

There is a separate Preliminary Evaluator promotion for each of Free Skating, Skills and Dance. The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: No Prerequisite.

Clinic: Successful completion of the Preliminary Evaluator Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Record of Trial Evaluating in applicable discipline 
  • One Supervised Trial Evaluating Session (actual or simulated)
  • Successful completion of Preliminary Evaluator Exam

10.2 SENIOR BRONZE EVALUATOR

There is a separate Senior Bronze Evaluator promotion for each of Free Skating, Skills and Dance. The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Sr. Bronze Evaluator promotion are:

  • A skating background as defined in 9.1.

Clinic: Successful completion of the Senior Bronze Evaluator Clinic

Requirements for Application: 

  • Record of trial evaluating in applicable discipline
  • One supervised trial evaluating session per discipline (actual or simulated), including a selection of tests from Preliminary to at the Senior Bronze level
  • Successful completion of the Senior Bronze Evaluator Exam

10.3 GOLD EVALUATOR

There is a separate Gold Evaluator promotion for each of Free Skating, Skills and Dance. The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Gold Evaluator promotion are:

  • A minimum of Senior Bronze evaluator certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Gold Evaluator Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Record of trial evaluating in applicable discipline (actual or video)
  • One supervised trial evaluating session in the applicable discipline including a selection of tests from Junior Silver to Gold level (actual or simulated)
  • Successful completion of the Gold Evaluator Exam

10.4 INTERPRETIVE TEST EVALUATOR

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to an Interpretive evaluator promotion are:

  • A minimum of Senior Bronze evaluator certification in the Free Skate, Skills or Dance 
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Interpretive Skating Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Record of trial evaluating (actual or video)
  • One supervised trial evaluation session including a selection of Interpretive tests from Introductory to Gold

10.5 DIAMOND DANCE TEST EVALUATOR

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to a Diamond Dance promotion are:

  • A minimum of Gold Evaluator certification in Dance
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Diamond Dance Clinic.

Requirements for Application: 

  • Record of trial evaluating (actual or video)
  • One supervised trial evaluating session including a selection of Diamond Dance Tests
  • Completion of an on-ice or off-ice session to learn steps of Diamond Dance with a coach/dance partner. Coach or dance partner would provide confirmation of candidates’ knowledge

11.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS A REFEREE

11.1 EVENT REFEREE

There is a separate Event Referee promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining an event referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Juvenile Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Refereeing module in Juvenile Judge/ Evaluator Clinic.

Requirements for Application: Two satisfactory reports of judging at the Juvenile level in the discipline.

11.2 INTERCLUB REFREE

There is a separate Interclub Referee promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining an interclub referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Novice Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Interclub Referee Clinic.

Requirements for Application:

  • Two satisfactory reports of judging at the Pre Novice or Novice level in the discipline
  • Satisfactory refereeing of at least 2 Juvenile or lower competitive events in the discipline, as assessed by an equally or higher qualified judging or refereeing peer from the panels.

11.3 SECTIONAL REFEREE (singles, pairs,  and ice dance)

There is a separate Sectional Referee promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Sectional referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Senior Judge certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Succesful completion of the Sectional Referee Clinic

Requirements for Application:

  • Two Referee Reports of judging at the Junior level and two Referee Reports of judging at the Senior level in the applicable discipline.
  • Satisfactory refereeing of at least two complete Interclub or Invitational competitive events (i.e. short and free) in the discipline. Please note, the short and free segments may be from different events/competitions; however, a total of two short and two free segments is required.

11.4 REGIONAL REFEREE (synchronized skating)

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Regional synchronized skating referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Senior Judge certification for two years
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Successful completion of the Regional Referee Clinic (if available).

Requirements for Application:

  • Two satisfactory Referee Reports of judging complete events at the Intermediate (for Intermediate, must be at least five teams), Junior, Open or Senior level level
  • Satisfactory refereeing of at least 2 Invitational (or Regional non-qualifying) competitive events.

11.5 CHALLENGE REFEREE (singles, pairs, ice dance)

There is a separate Challenge Referee promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline. However, a candidate may apply to combine a singles and pairs referee promotion, and complete the exam process at one Challenge Championship.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Challenge referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Challenge Judge certification in the discipline for two years
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Completion of the National Referee Clinic (if available).

Requirements for Application:

  • Two satisfactory Referee Reports of judging at the Challenge Championship level 
  • Satisfactory refereeing of at least 2 Sectional competitive events in the discipline 

Practical Examination: The Challenge Referee Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's pre-event, event and post-event management skills. This will encompass an evaluation of their technical knowledge, communication skills, report writing skills, situational refereeing skills as well as their deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

11.6 CANADIAN REFEREE (singles, pairs, ice dance)

There is a separate Canadian Referee promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance). The following requirements must be completed separately for each discipline. However, a candidate may apply to combine a singles and pairs referee promotion and complete the exam process at one Canadian Championship. 

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Canadian referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Canadian Judge certification in the discipline for three years
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Challenge Referee certification in the discipline

Clinic: Completion of the National Referee Clinic (if available)

Requirements for Application:

  • Two satisfactory Referee Reports of judging at the Canadian Championship level,
  • Satisfactory refereeing of at least two Challenge competitive events

Practical Examination: The Canadian Referee Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's pre-event, event and post-event management skills. This will encompass an evaluation of their technical knowledge, communication skills, report writing skills, situational refereeing skills as well as their deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

11.7 CANADIAN REFEREE (synchronized skating)

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Canadian synchronized skating referee promotion are:

  • A minimum of Canadian Synchronized Judge certification for three years
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1

Clinic: Completion of the National Referee Clinic (if available)

Requirements for Application: Satisfactory refereeing of at least 3 two Regional events

Practical Examination: The Canadian Referee Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's pre-event, event and post-event management skills. This will encompass an evaluation of their technical knowledge, communication skills, report writing skills, situational refereeing skills as well as their deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

11.8 INTERNATIONAL OR ISU REFEREE

For Specifications see current ISU regulations.

Examination: Written at the Canadian Championships

Practical Examination: The International Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successful refereeing at the Canadian Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

12.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS A BASE LEVEL TECHNICAL OFFICIAL (singles only)

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a base level technical official promotion are:

  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
    Note: based on an analysis of their needs and at the discretion of the section, this prerequisite may be waived

Clinic: Succesful completion of a base level technical official clinic

Examination: Examination is comprised of two phases.

  • Phase I: 
    • Written examination comprised of assessment of technical knowledge and element identification
    • Video exam, simulating actual panel process
  • Phase II: 
    • Mentorship and practical examination on panel at events

13.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS A TECHNICAL CONTROLLER

13.1 SECTIONAL (singles pairs and ice dance) or REGIONAL (synchronized skating) TECHNICAL CONTROLLER

There is a separate Sectional/Regional Technical Controller appointment for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating).

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Section/Region technical controller appointment are:

  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • It is recommended but not required that candidates should have Section/Region level referee certification in the discipline associated with initial appointment to Sectional/Regional Technical Controller
  • Technical specialists can apply for training as a controller in the discipline in which they are already qualified as a specialist

Clinic: Successful completion of the National Technical Panel clinic

Examination: Examination is comprised of two phases.

  • Phase I: 
    • Written examination comprised of assessment of technical knowledge and element identification
    • Video exam, simulating actual panel process
  • Phase II: 
    • Mentorship and practical examination on panel at Section level Invitational events (note: Synchronized Skating phase II assessment can occur at Regional competition in non-qualifying events).

13.2 CHALLENGE TECHNICAL CONTROLLER

There is a separate Challenge Technical Controller promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance).

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Challenge technical controller promotion are:

  • Section technical controller certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Satisfactory activity as a controller for at least two section competitive events in the discipline

Examination: Shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the necessity, and approve the format of the exam on an annual basis.

13.3 CANADIAN TECHNICAL CONTROLLER

There is a separate Canadian Technical Controller promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating).

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Canadian technical controller promotion are:

  • Challenge (singles, pairs and ice dance) or Regional (synchronized skating) technical controller certification in the discipline 
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Satisfactory activity as a Controller for least two Challenge/Regional competitive events in the discipline

Examination: Shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the necessity, and approve the format of the exam on an annual basis.

13.4 INTERNATIONAL OR ISU TECHNICAL CONTROLLER

For specifications see current ISU regulations.

Examination: Written at the Canadian Championships

Practical Examination: The International Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successfully serving as a technical controller at the Canadian Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

14.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS A TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

14.1 SECTIONAL (singles, pairs & dance) or REGIONAL (synchronized skating) TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

There is a separate Sectional technical specialist appointment for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating).

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Section/Region technical specialist appointment are:

  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • It is recommended but not required that candidates should have experience as either a former skater, coach or judge, referee or technical controller at the Challenge Section/Region level.

Clinic: Successful completion of the National Technical Panel clinic

Examination: Examination is comprised of two phases.

  • Phase I: 
    • Written examination comprised of assessment of technical knowledge and element identification
    • Video exam, simulating actual panel process
  • Phase II: 
    • Mentorship and practical examination on panel at Invitational events (note: Synchronized Skating phase II assessment can occur at Regional competition in non-qualifying events).

14.2 CHALLENGE TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

There is a separate Challenge technical specialist promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs and ice dance).

Prerequisite: The prerequisites to obtaining a Challenge technical specialist promotion are:

  • Section technical specialist certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Satisfactory activity as a specialist for at least two Section competitive events in the discipline

Examination: Shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and necessity, and approve the format of the exam on an annual basis.

14.3 CANADIAN TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

There is a separate Canadian technical specialist promotion for each discipline (singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating).

Prerequisite:

  • Challenge (singles, pairs and ice dance) or Regional (synchronized skating) technical specialist certification in the discipline
  • A skating background as defined in 9.1
  • Satisfactory activity as a specialist for at least two Challenge/Regional competitive events in the discipline

Examination: Shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the necessity, and approve the format of the exam on an annual basis.

14.4 INTERNATIONAL OR ISU TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

For specifications see current ISU regulations.

Examination: Written at the Canadian Championships.

Practical Examination: The International Exam shall include (as a minimum) assessment of the candidate's technical knowledge, communication skills, deportment and leadership. Successfully serving as a technical specialist at the Canadian Championships is also a required component of the Practical Examination. Based on the needs of the organization, the Officials’ Assignment and Promotion Committee will determine the number of candidates that will take this exam, and the format of the exam on an annual basis.

15.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR APPOINTMENT OR PROMOTION AS A DATA SPECIALIST

Please note, a new clinic and new assessment is required for each promotion being sought.

15.1 INTRODUCTORY DATA SPECIALIST

For designation as an Introductory Data Specialist each candidate must:

    1. Be at lease sixteen years of age by the time of appointment
    2. Attend a mandatory introductory training session as set out by the Section Data Specialists Committee
    3. Successfully assist at a minimum of two competitions with satisfactory assessments from the Chief Data Specialist (or alternates).
    4. Be approved by the Section Data Specialist Committee  

15.2 LEVEL I DATA SPECIALIST

To receive promotion to Level I Data Specialist each candidate must:

    1. Be an Introductory Data Specialist
    2. Successfully assist at a minimum of two additional competitions with satisfactory assessments from the Chief Data specialists (or alternates)
    3. Attend Section Clinic which includes instruction on computer applications, with satisfactory assessments
    4. Show a desire to expand knowledge of function carried out in the data control centre as well as basic computer skills (i.e. mark input and verification but not setup)
    5. Successfully complete the Level I Data Specialist Workbook including the supplementary workbook questions
    6. Be approved by the Section Data Specialist Committee

15.3 LEVEL II DATA SPECIALIST

To receive promotion to a Level II Data Specialist each candidate must:

    1. Be a qualified Level I Data Specialist for at least one year
    2. Demonstrate consistent satisfactory performance as a Level I Data Specialist
    3. Attend two section clinics, which include instruction on computer applications, with satisfactory assessments; assessments should be included in application package
    4. Serve satisfactorily as a “Chief or Co-Chief Data Specialist” in at least two sanctioned competitions, one of which must include combined segments (i.e. short and free); therefore, a total of three assessments is required
    5. Serve satisfactorily as a “Computer Data Specialist” in at least one sanctioned competition, under the observation of an experienced Data Specialist
    6. Successfully complete the level II Data Specialist Workbook including the supplementary workbook questions
    7. Be recommended for promotion by the Section Data Specialist Committee
    8. Be approved by the Skate Canada Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee

15.4 LEVEL III DATA SPECIALIST

To receive promotion to a Level III Data Specialist each candidate must:

    1. Be a qualified Level II Data Specialist for at least one year
    2. Demonstrated consistent satisfactory performance as a Level II Data Specialist
    3. Serve satisfactorily as a “Chief or Co-Chief Data Specialist” in at least two sanctioned competitions, one of which must include combined segments (i.e. short and free); therefore, a total of three assessments is required
    4. Serve satisfactorily as a “Computer Data Specialist” in at least one sanctioned competition.*
    5. Be recommended for promotion by the Section Data Specialist Committee.
    6. Be approved by the Skate Canada Officials' Assignment and Promotion Committee to sit for practical examination at Skate Canada Challenge. The Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee approves the format of the exam on an annual basis.

16.0 TRIAL EVALUATING/ JUDGING

16.1 The number of trial evaluators/ judges is not restricted.

16.2 Trial evaluators and trial judges are under the jurisdiction of the Evaluator or Referee as applicable. They must follow explicitly the rules and policies relating to duties of officials applicable to evaluators/ judges.

16.3 Trial evaluators and trial judges have no official standing with respect to tests or
competitions and should discuss their marking only with those involved in the training program.

16.4 It shall be the responsibility of the trial evaluators/ judges to maintain the records of their trial evaluating and trial judging, keep photocopied records of activity and reports on activities as required for promotion. Trial judges/evaluators are responsible for the maintenance of their own records by way of the practical workbook until such time as they request promotion, at which time the records and workbook are forwarded to the Section Officials Chair as part of the application for promotion.

17.0 HONORARY OFFICIALS

A Gold Test Evaluator or Canadian Challenge level Judge, Technical Controller Technical Specialist or a Level II or III Data Specialist who has rendered long and valuable service to the Association may be appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of Honorary Evaluator/ Judge, Technical Controller, Technical Specialist or Data Specialist. Honorary Evaluators/Judges, Technical Controllers, Technical Specialists, and Data Specialists shall be placed on a reserve list and shall not be eligible to officiate or account competitions or tests except on the request of the President/Chairman of the Board, with the approval of the Board of Directors. The Skate Canada Domestic Officials’ Committee shall consider suggestions from Section Officials’ Committees and may make recommendations to the Board of Directors for such appointments. The lists of Honorary Evaluators/Judges, Technical Controllers, Technical Specialists, and Data Specialists are printed in the Skate Canada Rule Book. (Rule 2511)

18.0 JUDGES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

A resident of another country may apply for initial appointment and promotion as a Skate Canada evaluator/ judge. Prior to making such application he/ she must be an associate member of Skate Canada. (Rule 2506)

18.1 Judges Officials from other countries may officiate at Canadian non-qualifying and qualifying competitions as per the Event Management Handbook and CPC Regulations Section B – Qualifying and Championship Events. In all cases the guest judge(s) must be used as a minority on the panel and only at or below the level of certification granted to them by their own association.

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