External Sport Credit

The External Sport Credentials Program gives students the opportunity to earn graduation credits for approved levels of competition as an athlete, coach and/or official.

Students can obtain External Sport Credits in these categories:

  • Athlete (Grade 10, 11, 12)
  • Official (Grade 10, 11, 12)
  • Coach (Grade 11, 12)

The BC Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials Program and the Sport Credits portion of this program is administered and monitored by the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.


  • Students who have participated in approved programs before reaching Grade 10 can receive credit by obtaining written documentation to verify their participation in such programs.
  • Once a student has received credit for a particular level within the category (athlete, official or coach), the student cannot receive credits again for participating in that program again

Athlete 11 (4 credits)
Granted to athletes who were selected to a T2T Provincial Team and competed at an inter-provincial championship event.

  • Also eligible: Athletes who receive funding through the BC Athlete Assistance Program

Athlete 12 (4 credits)
Granted to athletes who were selected to a T2C Provincial Team and competed at a national championship event.

  • Also eligible: Athletes who are a member of a Junior or Senior National Program that competes at an international event, or receives funding through Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program.

How do I obtain athlete credits?

Field Hockey BC provides a letter of confirmation to those involved in the Regional and Provincial programs. The letter is typically issued in September or early fall.

Once received, athletes should present the letter to a high school counselor to add the credits to transcripts.  (The BC Government provides documentation for athletes who have competed in the Canada Summer Games or Western Canada Summer Games.  Participation in the BC Summer Games for field hockey does not qualify for External Sport Credits because the training phase does not meet program requirements).

Official 10 (2 credits)

  • Provincial B certified umpire
  • minimum 20 hours of officiating

Official 11 (4 credits)

  • Provincial A certified umpire
  • minimum 50 hours of officiating

How do I obtain Official credits?

Field Hockey BC will provide a letter of confirmation to present to your school counselor.  You are responsible for providing documentation to FHBC which provides the number of hours you officiated (e.g. a letter from the league you officiate in, stating the number of games you umpired).

Coach 11 (2 credits)

  • NCCP Community Sport Initiation
  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions – “Evaluated”
  • Minimum 30 hours coaching experience monitored and reviewed by an Introduction to Competition “trained” coach or NCCP Level 2 “certified” coach

Coach 12 (4 credits)

  • currently under review

How do I obtain Coach credits?

Student coaches who have completed all requirements of a coach category must send their proof of completion to the Sport and Recreation Branch:

Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
Sport Branch
Attn: Milena Gaiga
PO Box 9820 Stn Provincial Government
Victoria, BC, V8W 9W3

The Sport and Recreation Branch representative review submitted documentation for the particular coach level and issue a verification letter if the student has fulfilled all the requirements.  (For more information on obtaining external coach credits please contact Milena Gaiga at milena.gaiga@gov.bc.ca or 250-356-5183).

For more information on the External Sport Credentials program, download the Ministry of Education’s PDF “Course Information for Graduation” and scroll down to page 103:

Umpire Certification

Click here for the current Umpire Certification List.

Umpire Certification Pathway

There are 4 levels of umpiring certification in BC:

  1. Canadian (Highest)
  2. Regional
  3. Provincial -previously named Provincial A
  4. Community -previously named Provincial B (Entry level)

Download and read through Field Hockey Canada’s Umpire Handbook (PDF), with changes for this 2015 edition highlighted in red.

There are two steps to attaining each level of Umpire rating:

Step 1 – Attend an umpiring course, pass a written exam

To become a Community level umpire you must complete the online Community Umpiring course, attain at least 75% on your quiz -OR- attend the Provincial Umpiring course, attain at least 60% on your written exam.

To become a Provincial level umpire you must attend the Provincial Umpiring course, attain at least 75% on your written exam.

To become a Regional level umpire you must attend the Regional Umpiring Course, attain at least 85% on your written exam.

To become a Canadian level umpire you must pass oral presentations, and give a presentation at a lower level local umpiring course.

Note: You must have completed and attained the lower umpiring level before taking a higher umpiring level course. (ex: attain provincial umpire level before taking the regional umpiring level).

Step 2 – Obtain field rating(s)

For Community you must be coached at 1 game and pass 1 field rating.

For Provincial you must pass 2 field ratings (in games the assessor deems “of suitable competition to warrant a Provincial rating”).

For Regional and Canadian you must pass 2 field ratings (in games the assessor deems “of suitable competition to warrant a Regional rating”).  Note – you must have a different assessor for each rating.

Note: Those wishing to obtain or renew a Canadian certification need to apply to the PSO at leliasacre@fieldhockeybc.com or to the FHC Officials Committee at officials@fieldhockey.ca

Expiry/Renewal of Certification

Each certification level you attain will be valid for 4 years (expiring on Dec. 31).  Renew the certification level before it has expired by attending the Rules Update Clinic and undergoing 1 or 2 field assessments, depending if actively umpiring.  This will renew your certification for another four years. After certification has expired, umpires who are still active may be able to re-enter the new system at the equivalent level to their last certification, provided they fulfill all the requirements of that level. Otherwise they will be expected to restart the process from the beginning.

Umpire Certification from outside of Canada

Umpires with certification from outside of Canada, may be eligible for an equivalency rating if:

  • Individual can provide evidence of valid credentials, granted in the last three years, from another country
  • Appropriate equivalency with Field Hockey Canada ratings are then determined in consultation with FHBC Director of Umpiring and/or Field Hockey Canada Officials Committee

Individuals with credentials equivalent to a Field Hockey Canada Provincial rating or higher may request on-field assessments. Field Hockey Canada credentials will be awarded upon successful completion of these on-field assessments.

Individuals with credentials equivalent to a Field Hockey Canada Community rating should complete the online course before attempting an on-field assessment.

Maintaining Current Umpiring Level

For Community, it is expected that you will actively umpire a minimum of 8 matches annually. Provincial should umpire 10 matches annually. Regional should umpire 12 games, pass 1 annual match assessment, and pass the beep test (physical fitness test). Canadian should umpire 15 games, pass 2 annual match assessments, and pass the beep test.

Assessor Information

Information on Umpire Assessors.

Field Hockey BC actively organizes certification opportunities for all levels of umpiring on an annual basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the Association should you have any queries regarding umpiring.

Umpire Model