Professional Development and Maintenance

Professional Development and Maintenance of Certification

Who does “Maintenance of Certification” apply to?
Certified NCCP Coaches.

Why do I need to maintain my Certification?
  Maintenance of certification, throughproof of ongoing learning (Professional Development) and active coaching isviewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP. TheLevels-NCCP was sometimes criticized because a coach could continue to be“Certified” even if they had not coached for several years or did not keeptheir coaching knowledge up to date.

When do the requirements forMaintenance of Certification start?
Answer: Therequirement to maintain “Certified” status through the accumulation ofProfessional Development points and proof of active coaching will officiallystart for all sports on January 1, 2014.

How do I know how many ProfessionalDevelopment points I need to maintain my certification?
Answer: Athletics Canada certification renewal period is 5 years for allcontexts.


Minimum Professional Development credits required if the period for renewal of certification is:

Context (includes any gradation)

5 years

4 years

3 years

2 years

1 year

Community Sport
Instruction –Beginners

10 points

8 points

6 points

4 points

2 points

Competition – Introduction
Instruction – Intermediate Performers
Instruction – Advanced Performers

20 points

16 points

12 points

8 points

4 points

Competition – Development

30 points

24 points

18 points

12 points

6 points


Does the number of requiredProfessional Development points vary from sport to sport or context to context?
Answer: Yes.

How long do I have to get the requirednumber of points?
Answer: You will have five years to get the requirednumber of points.

How can I accumulate PD points?
Answer: Thereare many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by the CAC, yourNSO or P/TSO, or P/TCR will advertise the number of PD points associated withthe event.


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

What will I have to do to ensure thatmy PD points are recorded on my transcript?
Answer: Simply indicate to the organizer of the eventthat you wish to receive PD points for attending. The organization that iscoordinating or hosting the event or activity is responsible for entering intoThe Locker the names of participating coaches. You will automatically receivethe PD points assigned to that event.

Howcan I check how many PD points I have?
Answer: Your PD points will appear on your transcriptas long as your profile information (name, CC#, etc.) has been recordedcorrectly with the organizer of the event, and your profile is up-to-date oncoach.ca. You can check your profile and points by logging into coach.ca andusing your CC# to check your transcript. Remember that PD points will only appearon your transcript after the data has been entered in the Locker.

Is there any limit on the number of PDpoints I can accumulate?
Answer: 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 youcannot carry forward any points into the next cycle. Once the five year cycleends (or any lesser period depending on your sport), PD points are re-set to 0.

What if I am certified in two sports?
Answer: Ifyou are certified in two sports, accumulated points will apply to both sports.The number of points required to maintain certification will be determined bywhichever sport requires the highest number of PD points.

What if I am certified in twodifferent contexts?
Answer: If you are certified in two contexts within asport, your accumulated PD points will apply to both contexts. The number ofpoints required to maintain certification will be determined by whichevercontext requires the highest number of PD points.

Can I get PD points if I attend aconference or course in another country?
Answer: Eventually. This type of event is categorized as“Self-directed” and will not be set up in the PD Registry untilthe latter part of 2014.

If Iattend a workshop such as “Make Ethical Decisions” more than once in a cycle, willI receive PD points every time I attend?
Answer: Yes, but we encourage you to engage in a widevariety of learning opportunities.

What happens to my NCCP Certificationif I do not complete the required PD in the time allowed?
Answer: Your transcript would show that your“Certified” status has not been renewed. Your sport determines what a coachmust do to reinstate their “Certified” status. Your sport alsodetermines the consequences of ‘non-renewed’ “Certified” status. These detailswill continue to be worked out by NSOs through the first PD cycle (2014-2019).

Whocan I contact if a PD activity does not appear on my transcript?
Answer: The best starting point is the organizationthat coordinated the event since it is responsible for entering the data. If,for example, you attended a workshop organized by Sport Manitoba, you shouldstart by contacting Sport Manitoba to confirm that the data from the workshophas been entered into the Locker. If it has been entered and it still does notappear on your transcript, you can contact Coach Services at the CAC.

IfI’m not sure if I’m going to be coaching for longer than 5 years should I stillbe earning PD points?
Answer: If you’re not sure, why not accumulate pointsanyway? Professional Development is a way to improve your coaching knowledgewhich, in turn, benefits the athletes you coach. Even if you think you mightnot be coaching five years from now, why not become the most knowledgeablecoach 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’thave to scramble to accumulate PD points.

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

PD Registry
This is the central list of alleligible PD events. The list is maintained by the CAC but it is made up ofevents 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 maintainedin 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.