Coaching Association of Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

The National Coaching Certification Program was launched in 1974 to give coaches the confidence to succeed. The program has constantly evolved over the years to stay at the forefront of delivering programs that respect the principles and science of Long-term Athlete Development, while also reflecting the changes within sports - from the science of training, to competition strategy and tactics, to the athletes themselves.

The Coaching Association of Canada and its partners, recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

  • Who does “Maintenance of Certification” apply to?


    All certified coaches, except those with Levels-NCCP certifications, must maintain their certification status. Maintenance of Certification does not apply to coaches with Levels-NCCP certifications. Some sports also require coaches who have achieved TRAINED status to maintain their status through the PD program. For a list of these sports click here.
  • Why do I need to Maintain my Certification?


    Maintenance of certification, through proof of ongoing learning (Professional Development) and active coaching is viewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP. The Levels-NCCP was sometimes criticized because a coach could continue to be “Certified” even if they had not coached for several years or did not keep their coaching knowledge up to date.
  • When do the requirements for Maintenance of Certification start?


    The requirement to maintain "Certified" status through the accumulation of Professional Development points and proof of active coaching, officially started for all sports on January 1, 2014. However, any PD points earned in 2013 will be counted towards the maintenance of your certification even though the maintenance requirements for your certification only came into effect on January 1, 2014. This effectively gave you all of 2013 as a bonus additional year to have earned PD points.
  • How do I know how many Professional Development points I need to maintain my certification?


    Starting in January, you will see your Maintenance of Certification requirements indicated on your coaching transcript in The Locker. Until then, you can consult this PDF for an overview of all sports. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
  • Does the number of required Professional Development points vary from sport to sport or context to context?


    Yes. You can download an overview of the PD requirements by sport by consulting this PDF: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
  • How long do I have to get the required number of points?


    You will have five years to get the required number of points, though some sports have chosen a shorter period of time.
  • How can I accumulate PD points?


    There are many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by the CAC, your NSO or P/TSO, or P/TCR will advertise the number of PD points associated with the event.

    In general:

    • NCCP training or evaluation events are worth 5 points;
    • Non-NCCP events are worth 1 point for each hour they last, up to a maximum of 3 points;
    • “Active coaching” will give you 1 point per year;
    • Through “Self-directed learning” you can earn a maximum of 3 points per five-year PD cycle.

  • What will I have to do to ensure that my PD points are recorded on my transcript?


    Simply indicate to the organizer of the event that you wish to receive PD points for attending. The organization that is coordinating or hosting the event or activity is responsible for entering into The Locker the names of participating coaches. You will automatically receive the PD points assigned to that event..
  • How can I check how many PD points I have?


    Your PD points will appear on your transcript as long as your profile information (name, NCCP#, etc.) has been recorded correctly with the organizer of the event, and your profile is up-to-date on coach.ca. You can check your profile and points by logging into coach.ca and using your NCCP# to check your transcript. Remember that PD points will only appear on your transcript after the data has been entered in the Locker.
  • Is there any limit on the number of PD points I can accumulate?


    No. You only need to earn the required number of points to maintain certification; however, you can accumulate as many PD points as you want. Please note that you cannot carry forward any points into the next cycle. Once the five year cycle ends (or any lesser period depending on your sport), PD points are re-set to 0.
  • What if I am certified in two sports?


    If you are certified in two sports, accumulated points will apply to both sports. The number of points required to maintain certification will be determined by whichever sport requires the highest number of PD points.
  • What if I am certified in two different contexts?


    If you are certified in two contexts within a sport, your accumulated PD points will apply to both contexts. The number of points required to maintain certification will be determined by whichever context requires the highest number of PD points.
  • Can I get PD points if I attend a conference or course in another country?


    Eventually. This type of event is categorized as “Self-directed” and will not be set up in the PD Registry until the latter part of 2016.
  • If I attend a workshop such as “Make Ethical Decisions” more than once in a cycle, will I receive PD points every time I attend?


    Yes, but we encourage you to engage in a wide variety of learning opportunities.
  • What happens to my NCCP Certification if I do not complete the required PD in the time allowed?


    Your transcript would show that your “Certified” status has not been renewed. Your sport determines what a coach must do to reinstate their “Certified” status. Your sport also determines the consequences of ‘non-renewed’ “Certified” status. These details will continue to be worked out by NSOs through the first PD cycle (2014-2019). 
  • Who can I contact if a PD activity does not appear on my transcript?


    The best starting point is the organization that coordinated the event since it is responsible for entering the data. If, for example, you attended a workshop organized by Sport Manitoba, you should start by contacting Sport Manitoba to confirm that the data from the workshop has been entered into the Locker. If it has been entered and it still does not appear on your transcript, you can contact Coach Services at the CAC.
  • If I’m not sure if I’m going to be coaching for longer than 5 years should I still be earning PD points?


    If you’re not sure, why not accumulate points anyway? Professional Development is a way to improve your coaching knowledge which, in turn, benefits the athletes you coach. Even if you think you might not be coaching five years from now, why not become the most knowledgeable coach you can be for the athletes you work with, for however long you coach? And then if you decide to continue coaching later in the PD cycle, you won’t have to scramble to accumulate PD points.

Following are some terms that have been used in these FAQs that you may be curious about.

PD Registry

This is the central list of all eligible PD events. The list is maintained by the CAC but it is made up of events that are submitted by sports, P/TCRs, the National Coaching Institutes, and the CAC. A coach does not have access to the Registry which is maintained in The Locker

PD Cycle

This is the period of time over which the PD points must be accumulated in order to maintain “Certified” status. The minimum standard for this cycle is five years. However, a sport may choose a shorter cycle.

NCCP Partner

This term refers to the original founding and funding Partners of the NCCP and includes the federal government, the provincial/territorial governments, the CAC, and the NSOs.