Coach Certifications (Ancaster Minor Hockey)

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How to Become a Hockey Coach?


Every year we require new volunteers, particularly in the younger divisions. So how do you become a coach? How do you obtain the proper certifications? Does the AMHL refund certification fees? Keep reading to find out!

Coach, Trainer and Manager Certification Requirements

What do I need to coach a House League Mite or Tyke team?

1. Police Check
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program (this is not the same as the Respect in Sport - Parent Course)
3. Online Hockey University  + Coach 1 – Intro to Coach Trained or Development 1 Trained

4. Gender Identity and Gender Expression Online Course

What do I  need to coach a House League Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget or Juvenile team?
1. Police Check
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program (this is not the same as the Respect in Sport - Parent Course)
3. Coach 2 – Coach Level 2 Trained (prerequisite: Online Hockey University  + Coach 1 – Intro to Coach Trained) or Development 1Trained
4. Gender Identity and Gender Expression Online Course

What do I need to coach a Rep (AA) Novice or Atom team?
1. Police Check
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program (this is not the same as the Respect in Sport - Parent Course)
3. Coach 2 – Coach Level 2 Trained (prerequisite: Online Hockey University  + Coach 1 – Intro to Coach Trained) or Development 1 Trained
4. Gender Identity and Gender Expression Online Course

What do I need to coach a Rep (AA) Peewee, Bantam or Midget team?
1. Police Check
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program (this is not the same as the Respect in Sport - Parent Course)
3. Development 1 – Trained

4. Gender Identity and Gender Expression Online Course

What do I need to be a Trainer (House League or Rep)?
1. Police Check
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program (this is not the same as the Respect in Sport - Parent Course)
3. HTCP Level 1 (Trainer's Level 1)

4. Gender Identity and Gender Expression Online Course

What do I need to be a Manager (House League or Rep)?
1. Police Check
2. Respect in Sport - Activity Leader Program (this is not the same as the Respect in Sport - Parent Course)

3. Gender Identity and Gender Expression Online Course

All OMHA certifications have expiry dates of August 31st (no exceptions). 

All house league coaches need to have their proper certification prior to the first game.

Click here for a list of Coach 2 clinics.

Click here for online Trainer clinics.

Mite and Tyke Novice and Atom Peewee and Above
Head Coach
Hockey University (online) + Coach 1¹ Hockey University (online) + Coach 1¹ Coach 2² or Development 1
Trained or Coach 2 Trained or Trained or Coach 2 Trained or
Development 1 Development 1
Respect in Sport (RIS) Respect in Sport (RIS) Respect in Sport (RIS)
Police Check (Vulnerable) Police Check (Vulnerable) Police Check (Vulnerable)
Gender Identity and Gender Gender Identity and Gender Gender Identity and Gender
Expression Online Course Expression Online Course Expression Online Course
Assistant Coach House League
Respect in Sport (RIS) Respect in Sport (RIS) Respect in Sport (RIS)
Police Check (Vulnerable) Police Check (Vulnerable) Police Check (Vulnerable)
Gender Identity and Gender Gender Identity and Gender Gender Identity and Gender
Expression Online Course Expression Online Course Expression Online Course
Assistant Coach Rep
Respect in Sport (RIS) Respect in Sport (RIS)
Police Check (Vulnerable) Police Check (Vulnerable)
Development 1 Development 1
Gender Identity and Gender Gender Identity and Gender
Expression Online Course Expression Online Course

¹ formerly CHIP / Introduction to Coaching
² formerly Coach Stream


If you plan to coach at the Representative level (REP) you may want to take the 2 day Development-1 (D1) which will allow you to coach any age group in HL and any REP age group.  

Certification for Assistant Coaches for House League is be Speak Out! or Respect in Sport only, but an Assistant Coach requires the same certification as the Head Coach for participation with teams from outside its House League (i.e., exhibition or tournament play). In addition, if the Head Coach were not available to start a House League game, an appropriately certified Coach would be required to act as the Head Coach.


OMHA Certification Clinics

A major part of OMHA service is the implementation of certification programs for all team staff. The OMHA delivers these programs to its membership through clinics province-wide each year.

View a listing of current clinics and register for clinics online through eHockey.


How to check the status of your certifications?

Access your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) record using Hockey Canada’s eHockey. Once you create an eHockey account you can access your HCR profile, view your hockey history, check the status of your certifications, and sign up for clinics. Sign up for an eHockey account. Visit the OMHA website for instructions on creating an eHockey account.


House League Certification Requirements by Division

Download the OMHA Certification Chart



Online Certification Courses

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders

The OMHA has entered into a partnership with Respect Group Inc. in piloting the offering of Speak Out! certification as an online e-learning option to our Members. Access instructions to assist with accessing and advancing through Respect in Sport via the OMHA website.

Respect in Sport Activity Leader Program Course Log-In


Certification Obtained Outside the OMHA

If you have obtained a coach or trainer certification with an association outside of the OMHA, please complete the Application for Conversion/Upgrade of Certification form and forward it to the OMHA so that your certifications can be added to your Hockey Canada Registration (HCR) system record.


Certification Reimbursement

AMHL provides 100% refund of certification course fees for volunteers in our house league program. Expenses such as lunch, parking, or mileage are not refunded.

You will need to pay for the clinic up-front but the AMHL will reimburse you the clinic fee once you complete and receive your certification from the OMHA. The AMHL will reimburse for clinics that let you attain the minimum requirements.

To get reimbursed from the AMHL, complete the form below and email  it to  [email protected] and [email protected].

AMHL Team Official Reimbursement Form

You are welcome to take a higher level courses (Level 2 Trainer Certification, Coach Development, etc.), however, we will provide a refund based on the cost of a certification clinic at the minimum certification required.

If you choose to take several Continuing Education Courses to accumulate points as opposed to one recertification course, once you accumulate sufficient points to qualify for recertification, please submit your request for refund with proof that you have been recertified. Use the same form for reimbursement. 


Police Vulnerable Sector Check

Follow this link to AMHL webpage for Police Checks policy


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