53202 – Sports officials and referees

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

532 – Occupations in sports

Broad Occupation Category

5320 – Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations

Sports officials and referees observe and enforce rules and regulations governing sporting events, athletic games and sports competitions. They are employed by national, provincial and local sporting commissions, organizations and leagues.

Let us help you Apply for Canada PR as Sports officials and referees

Example Titles

  • Athletics judge

  • Clerk of the course - racetrack

  • Figure skating judge

  • Goal judge

  • Harness racing starter

  • Racetrack timer

  • Referee

  • Sports linesman/woman

  • Sports official

  • Umpire

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Officiate at sporting events or athletic competitions to maintain standards of play and to ensure that game rules and safety regulations are observed

  • Record lapsed time and keep scores during events or competitions

  • Judge the performance of competitors, award points, impose penalties for infractions and determine results

  • Compile scores and other athletic records

  • Establish and maintain rapport with coaches, players and organizing committees

  • Verify credentials of athletes or animals engaged in sports or related special events, and respond to written protests.

Employment Requirements

  • Sports officials require certification by and registration with a sport governing body or commission.

  • Sports referees require completion of an officiating program offered by a sport gov