Coaching Association of Canada

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"Trained" or "Certified?"

The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (e.g. Competition-Introduction) as defined by the sport and be considered Trained.

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

  • In Training: a coach has completed some of the required training for a context
  • Trained: a coach has completed all required training for a context
  • Certified: a coach has completed all evaluation requirements for a context

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

Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach. They have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 65 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities. 

    Key Certification Terms

    • Maintenance of Certification 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, Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives, the CAC, and National Sport Organizations