Education and Coach Development

NCCP Certification

What is the difference between the old NCCP system and the new streams?

The old NCCP was a hierarchical based system. It conisted of levels (1, 2, 3…) with technical, practical and theory based courses and evaluations at each level.

The new NCCP has been specifically designed to train coaches to be able to meet the needs of the participants/athletes they are working with.
The new structure of the NCCP is based on the participants’ needs, which are identified within three streams:

  1. Community Sport
  2. Competition
  3. Instruction

The new NCCP model defines a coach as:

  • In training when some required training has been completed
  • Trained when all required training is complete.
  • Certified when all training and evaluation requirements have been met.

To become certified in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context n areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training and support to participants in competition.

Contact your Provincial Sport Organization for specifics on coach training, certification and workshops.

For other NCCP related questions, contact the Coaching Association of Canada.


Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Online Coach Education.

The initiative, made possible by a sizeable grant from the Rural Alberta Development Fund, will provide easy access to quality educational content for coaches from any computer – home, work or school. Course content will be specifically geared to coaching in an INTERSCHOLASTIC environment. This online initiative is a first for school sport in Canada and provides a tremendous opportunity to increase the level of professionalism and accountability among coaches working in schools across the province. In turn it is anticipated that the educational athletic experiences for student athletes will be enhanced.

ASAA will be launching 5 courses for Interscholastic coaches:

  • Fundamentals of Coaching
  • Teaching & Modeling Behaviour
  • Engaging Effectively With Parents
  • Athletic Injury Management
  • Concussions in Sport

To learn more about this initiative visit the ASAA Learn website or join their Blog to hear about the latest developments.


Podium Coach

Podium Coach is a professional development program for the coaches of potential Olympic and Paralympic medalists that commenced in early 2007. The objective of the program is to ensure that these coaches have the training they require to successfully prepare their athletes for medal performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The program provides opportunities for:

  • customized training and education;
  • exchange of ideas with international colleagues;
  • consultation with respected mentors;
  • sport-specific courses or projects that may count towards the completion of NCCP requirements;
  • team professional development opportunities to enhance the preparation of the national team coaching staff.

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