Singles Officiating Program

The Squash Canada Singles Officiating Program is a comprehensive program that encompasses all aspects of the training of referees and assessors, and the dissemination of information about the Rules of Singles Squash.  Its purpose is to standardize the interpretation of these rules throughout Canada and to ensure that all matches are judged fairly.

Squash Canada believes that:
“Every competitive squash match should have a team of certified officials to ensure a safe and fair outcome to that match,”

The goals of the Singles Officiating Program follow Squash Canada’s mandate:

    • To set and maintain standards for the training and certification of squash officials in Canada;
    • To train and certify high calibre officials to meet the needs of Squash Canada’s high performance system;
    • To facilitate links between the Squash Canada Officiating Program and international refereeing through the World Squash Federation and Pan American Squash Federation.

Squash Canada Singles Officiating Committee

Singles Officiating Certification Program

Squash Canada’s Singles Officiating Certification Program allows officials to progress from the initial Club Referee status to National Referee status; a journey that typically takes between six to eight years.

Certification Levels:
Club Referee ⇒ Local Referee ⇒ Provincial Referee ⇒ National Referee

For a complete outline of the certification process, please review the Singles Officiating Program Administration Manual – Version 12 (as of October 20, 2022).

To learn about the program please view: Singles Officiating Program Video

Become A Certified Club Referee

The first level of certification is Club Referee.

This initial certification is issued after successful completion of the Online Certification Course offered through the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) ‘The Locker‘.

Referee Upgrading and Progression Matrix

The upgrading process involves gaining more match experience and earning positive recommendations and signatures from other officials and recognized assessors.

Singles Officiating Assessor Certification Process
There are two levels of Assessors in Canada – referees enter into the program at the Provincial Assessor level and can then progress to the National Assessor level. For more information – Click Here
Singles Officiating Resources

Visit the Squash Canada Officials website (requires a profile and log-in to access) for up-to-date information, program changes, standard forms, training materials, etc. as well as track your assessments and progression as a Squash Canada Referee and/or Assessor.

Administrative Resources

Increase your understanding of Squash Canada’s Officiating Program and the certification and quality control processes with the following resources:

Technical Resources

Technical Forms

To access these forms please visit the Squash Canada Officials website:

  • Assessor-Candidate Evaluation (for Assessor)
  • Assessor-Candidate Evaluation (for Presenter)
  • Clinic Presentation Report Form
  • Clinic Presentation Report Form – Supplementary Sheet
  • Provincial Assessor Nomination Form
Officiating News

Officiating news, event information and opportunities for advancement through your Provincial/Territorial and National Association.

Behind The Glass – Singles Officiating Newsletter – Spring 2024
* For past editions of the BTG Newsletter please visit the Squash Canada Officials website

World Squash Officiating

Squash Canada and the Squash Canada Officiating Committee (SCOC) recognize the value of the WSO especially in terms of advancing talented officials to World Levels, such as with the WSO Level 4 and 5. The SCOC will liaise with the WSO to encourage officials to migrate to the WSO process immediately upon reaching National status in Canada. Certification of officials through the Club, Local, Provincial and National levels will remain the purview of the SCOC. Officials are free, of course, to utilize the WSO in parallel at any point in their progression and the SCOC will encourage such officials.