Coach Certification

The NCCP is a competency-based program based on coaching abilities, meaning the NCCP is a program that certifies coaches based on proven abilities to “DO” certain things deemed important to meet the needs of the participants they coach. The NCCP is competency based, and as a result certification is based upon what a coach is able to demonstrate, not the training they may or may not have undergone.

Coaches must go through the evaluation process for the context in which they are coaching. Evaluation must include the entire evaluation process for the context in which the coach is being certified (including online multi-sport evaluations). The next few links will provide a general understanding of how o access the sport. 

This is a coach’s Step By Step navigation guide on how to access and complete an evaluation.  


Evaluating Coaches in NCCP

Evaluating coaches in the NCCP evaluation process involves:

* Each formal observation includes a pre-brief between the coach candidate and evaluator to review evaluation requirements and set expectations, as well as a debrief of the observation.


Portfolio Evaluation

The portfolio evaluation enables the Coach Evaluator to determine the readiness of the coach candidate for the formal observation. The coach must register with Athletics Canada or Provincial/Territorial Association and submit all required portfolio pieces in advance of a formal observation being scheduled. The Coach Evaluator must review the portfolio using the appropriate evaluation tool(s) and then communicate the feedback to the coach in a timely manner. Successful completion of the required portfolio pieces will determine readiness for the formal observation. Once it is established that the candidate is ready for the formal observation, the Coach Evaluator should notify Athletics Canada or the Provincial/Territorial Branch to schedule the formal observation. When the formal observation is scheduled, the Coach Evaluator begins the prebrief process.

Athletics Canada Coaching Pathway

Coach Development Model

Participant Development Model

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