Want to become a National Referee? See Below

How to Become a National Referee

All references concerning the criteria about becoming a national referee can be found in the CPU constitution under Bylaws, page 28 Officiating, number 15.6.
To become a certified national level CPU referee, the testing procedure is as follows:


  1. The candidate must have been a highest level provincial referee, for a minimum of two years. He must be in good standing with his provincial association.

  2. The candidate must be recommended by his provincial president or secretary or referee's chairperson.

  3. The candidate must have refereed at least one provincial powerlifting championship and four or more powerlifting contests within a two year period before the next national AGM.

  4. The candidate must achieve a passing score of 90% or more in the written and practical exam.

  5. The written exam must be taken before the practical exam.

  6. The practical exam must be administered by at least one IPF referee on the jury. Other adjudicating referees may be of national rank. During the practical exam, there must be a minimum of 100 attempts to be tested. If necessary, the practical exam may be spread over more than one session of the same championships with the same IPF adjudicator.

  7. Written tests will be obtained from the National Referee Chairman and the completed examination forms will returned to the referee chairman (for marking) and send the information at least one month than the upcoming national AGM. Please send the form to National Referee Chairperson Brock Haywood with a follow up voice mail.Official Application Form for Becoming a National Referee) DEADLINE Please go to the link for the form 

Brock Haywood
Box 637
Teulon MB
R0C 3B0

Applying to Referee at an International Competition

If an international referee wishes to apply to referee at an international contest or championships, they need to apply to the CPU Officiating Chairman using the form Refereeing at an International Competition.

Due to the restrictions in funding, the CPU will fund a maximum of two referees per competition as the budget will allow. Please use THIS FORM to apply for funding.

Priority will be given to those referees who are in the last year of their four year mandate and need a competition to maintain their status.

All referees applying will be on a first come first serve basis.

When applying, the deadline registration will be ninety days before the first day of the competition.

When upgrading from National to Category II, or Category II to Category I, please refer to the IPF Technical Rules, page 28, #19 and #20.

National Referees that have been approved by the CPU Officiating Chairperson, and want to apply for their Category II, must apply within ninety days. This also includes upgrading from Category II to Category I.

Provincial/National Officiating Chairperson can login here to update referees.