General Information (Dofasco Minor Hockey)


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HTCP - Level 1 - Trainer
The HTCP Level 1 program is the introductory level of the program which introduces the participant to the principles of injury and risk management. Topics include:

  • Purpose of the Program 
  • Fair Play Codes 
  • Hockey Trainer's Responsibilities
  • Risk Management 
  • Medical Information Files and Injury Reporting
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Bullying, Harassment and Abuse* 
  • Protective Equipment and Hygiene
  • Injury Prevention Techniques 
  • Emergency Action Plan 
  • Injury Recognition and Management 
  • Spinal Injuries and Concussions 
  • Injuries and Illness
  • Removing Players From Action/Coordinating Return to Play
  • Nutrition and Hydration, Hygiene, Performance Enhancing Drugs HIV and Hockey, Exercise Induced Bronchiospasm

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Re-certification: Every 3 years with a universal expiration date of August 31/yr.
No equivalencies are permitted

Age Requirement: The minimum age in which a participant can be certified as trainer in the HTCP is 16 years of age, however, the trainer must be at least 2 years older than the team age for which they are a trainer. It is highly recommended that this age group work as an assistant trainer for one (1) year prior to being allowed to take full responsibility for a team.

(*) The Bullying, Harassment and Abuse component that is included in the HTCP is a condensed version derived from the Speak Out program. This module discusses specific topics relating to the hockey trainer, however, it is not a substitute for the “RIS-Activity Leader Course” program course.


Eligibility: This course is available to participants renewing their HTCP certification and whose certification expires April 1, 2018 or greater.  If your HTCP certification expired prior to this period, you do not qualify.

Those who qualify for the HTCP Refersher have until October 31, 2018 to complete the course otherwise, you will be eligible for the full Level 1 course.


The Hockey Trainers Certification Program
Through the Hockey Trainers Certification Program (HTCP), the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario and its members provide the necessary education to improve the trainer’s ability to deal with various injury situations.

The HTCP first began certifying trainers in 1980. Since 1980 the HTCP has continued to refine and improve in order to provide trainers with an excellent means of obtaining personal knowledge and practical skills.

The purpose of the HTCP:

  • To standardize the methods and techniques of hockey trainers in the Province of Ontario.
  • To provide a standard of care for all hockey teams at any level of competition.
  • To provide a progressive training process for hockey trainers.
  • To provide a means of communication and feedback for all trainers (participants and instructors).
  • To assist in the preparation of a safe environment for players and bench personnel.

All Trainer certifications expire every 3 years with a universal expiry date of August 31st, regardless of level.

Gender Identity and Expression

The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new training module for team officials to support trans-inclusive hockey in
Ontario; Understanding Discrimination based on Gender Identity and Gender Expression Training.

These two modules which will educate team officials on this important topic. Team officials will not be approved on a team roster unless both modules have been completed.
Please go here for more information on this initiative.