2021 Rules of Golf Seminars 


Level 1 is an easy and interesting way to learn the basics of golf. This level focuses on the game’s etiquette, key definitions, and the most common situations in the field. As part of the Level 1 program, students can put their knowledge to the test by answering summary questions at the end of each section, before tackling the Level 1 online certification exam.

Please click here to begin Level 1.

Please note when you register to participate in the R & A Rules Academy through the Academy’s R & D Rules website, your contact information and other relevant information, including exam results, will be shared with Golf Canada. Golf Canada reserves the right to use this information to communicate with you about rules training, golf education, volunteer opportunities and golf events.


Provincial level seminars are conducted by the provincial golf associations (PA), and the curriculum will begin to look at the more important playing Rules in detail. Some of the complexities that are found in the Rules of Golf book or the Official Guide on the Rules of Golf are introduced along while also implementing on-course demonstrations. The Provincial level is designed for individuals with an involvement in tournament administration, or a desire to have such an involvement.  Please feel free to contact Doug Hastie ( for more information.


  • Level 1 certified (online

Provinical Seminars were run in February.  If there is enough interest we will run another seminar in late Fall.  Please email if you would like to express interest or get more information.

Requirements to be Provincially Certified:

  • Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the Provincial exam, administered by B.C. Golf.
  • Complete 50 hours of on-course experience as a Referee.
  • Complete an additional 10 hours accompanying a Nationally certified Referee at a championship


National level seminars serve to give guidance and advice on refereeing at the highest level. This program is intended for experienced Referees who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a referee.  Please click here to register and for more infomation.


  • Provincial level certification (written and practical components completed)

Requirements to be Nationally Certified:

  • Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the National level exam, administered by Golf Canada.
  • Complete 100 hours of on-course experience as a Referee, including 10 of those hours accompanying a current Nationally certified Referee.

2021 Handicap System Workshops & Webinars

Attendees will learn how handicap factors are determined, how to compete equitably from different sets of tees, when to post scores and which scores are acceptable for posting. The role of Golf Canada, British Columbia Golf, the Handicap Committee and the Player will be clarified as will how these four groups, working together, make the handicap system work.

Dates: TBA

World Handicap System Seminars:

Click HERE to see the recent WHS seminar video put together by British Columbia Golf. This video is essentially an introduction and walk through to the World Handicap System (WHS) that is now in effect for golf worldwide. It contains overviews and Q & A on the system as well as letting golf club committees know and understand what their new roles and responsibilities are/will be. 

Provincial Course Rating Seminars

We’re always looking to develop new course raters for our rating teams. If you are interested in becoming involved in your zone, please contact our office or your zone for more information. Course raters are involved in:

  • measuring golf courses
  • evaluating obstacles and conditions that affect playing length
  • computing a Course Rating and Slope Rating based on the measurements and evaluations

Contact Kojo at for more information.



Are you interested in hosting a workshop? If your club or group would like to have your own workshop, please contact Doug Hastie, Senior Manager Field Operations 604-279-2580 ext 203 or 888-833-2242 email