Mixed Martial Arts Referee Certification – COMMAND Canada



One of the most asked questions I get is how can I become a MMA referee?  If you are serious about going the referee route, you need to get onboard with this course.   It is taught by the man himself, Big John McCarthy who since UFC 2 has been the authoritative referee in our sport.  Lots of good people have been getting opportunities who have been through this program, and everything about it, improves the sport we are all involved with.

Certification of Officials for Mixed Martial Arts National Development

The River Cree Combative Sports Commission is proud to host the first C.O.M.M.A.N.D course in Canada. For those of you interested in becoming a Mixed Martial Arts referee or expanding your experience and knowledge – this course is for you.

This course is being taught by “Big” John McCarthy.


MMA – Referees Certification Course

Dates: June 26 – 28th 2009. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Cost: $500.00 CDN. Non Refundable.

All fees must be in by Monday June 8th, 2009. Fees are payable to the River Cree Combative Sports Commission.

**** Space is limited and once the course is filled there will be no more applications.

**** This is a closed course to all spectators unless previous arrangements have been made through the Commission

Location: River Cree Resort and Casino – Edmonton AB, Canada

Hosted By: River Cree Combative Sports Commission: www.comsport.ca

Additional Information:

This course has limited enrollment and is on a first come first serve basis. Applicants who enroll will be given a full itinerary, with the prerequisites of all the techniques required for this course.

Participants flying in from out of town should make their flight reservations as arriving through the Edmonton International Airport. The Casino is located on the western boundary of the City of Edmonton.

Participants arriving from out of town can stay at the Marriott Hotel located at the River Cree Resort and Casino and there is a special COMMAND rate discount for all students. Information can be found at www.rivercreeresort.com, with respect to accommodations, or contact the Commission ( see below).

C.O.M.M.A.N.D Instructor Profile

Head Instructor: “Big” John McCarthy – Los Angeles USA

Skills / Technical Coordinator: Brian Peterson – Los Angeles USA

C.O.M.M.A.N.D Coordinator: Elaine McCarthy – Los Angeles USA

The Program:

Participants in this program will learn a systematic approach to becoming a certified Mixed Martial Arts referee.

The core of the learning system will consist of developing an understanding of both basic and advanced fundamental skills unique to refereeing a MMA contest. This will include an understanding of the technical skills associated with MMA combatives, interpretation of rules, as well as an understanding of the specific duties of the MMA referee.

Students will learn through a series of lectures, media presentations, and high level combative simulation exercises that will challenge and prepare them for the reality of MMA officiating. Participants must demonstrate the aptitude, ability, and willingness to serve as a referee and also possess an understanding of the sport. Participants will be tested on performance, knowledge of material, identification of various MMA techniques, as well as their officiating skills inside the cage/ring.


Participants must be physically and mentally prepared and free from injuries. This is a student active course in which high level combative simulation will be a component of the evaluation process.

This course is very challenging with significant course material and students should prepare and familiarize themselves prior to enrollment with the multitude of techniques and skills associated with MMA. Students will have the opportunity to review all the techniques that will be required for certification during the course, however, it is strongly recommended that anyone participating be able to identify many of the techniques prior to participation. As such the names of all techniques which students must be able to identify will be made available to all applicants. Students can look up the techniques over the internet, research them through books and videos, or seek out a qualified MMA instructor to become familiar with all the techniques.

This course is not designed to be a “how to” course on MMA techniques, however it is imperative that MMA officials be able to readily identify the arsenal of skills that are utilized during an MMA contest, in order to ensure the safety of the participants.


The training will take place inside a ballroom of the Marriott hotel located at the casino. Classes will start promptly and may go into the evening. Be prepared for a lot of material and long training days.


For Information about the C.O.M.M.A.N.D program please contact:

Dale Kliparchuk – River Cree Combative Sports Commission

PH: 780-719-7117 Email: Catus2222@hotmail.com

Elaine McCarthy – COMMAND Coordinator

www.mmareferee.com Email: Elaine@bjmuta.com

8 Responses to “ Mixed Martial Arts Referee Certification – COMMAND Canada ”

  1. Philip Harris says:

    Hi I am sorry I missed the MMA referee course certification on June 26th. Can I inquire when the next course will be available, I am near Toronto, ON, Canada. Thankyou for your time.


    (905) 522-9159

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  2. Shawn Smith says:

    I just came across the dates of the last MMA referee course in Edmonton which has past . Would like to know when and where the next program will be held . I am from Ottawa ON, Canada.


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  3. Drew King says:

    Please can I be added to the list of those informed when the next course in Canada will be. I am near Toronto On

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  4. Aaron Thrasher says:

    I would like to be informed on the next course in Alberta.

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  5. scott mac says:

    very interested in taking this course in alberta please e mail me with info for 2010 thank you..

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  6. Randy O'Rear says:

    I would like to know if the is going to be a refferee course in california any time. let me know thanks

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  7. tealetown says:

    also very interested in course , windsor ontatio, please email me

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  8. don macneill says:

    Hey I’m wondering if there will be another course offered in alberta, I’m from calgary. Please notify me of an upcoming opportunity for 2016. Thank you.

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