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National Coaching Certification Program

The NCCP - It Begins Here

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), launched in 1974 and delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, gives coaches the confidence to succeed. 

Coaches are mentors, motivators and leaders. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It’s a great responsibility, and Canada’s two million coaches embrace it with passion and dedication.  When you take an NCCP workshop, you’ll not only gain technical abilities, but also mentoring and decision-making skills.

Who is it for?

NCCP workshops are designed for all types of coaches. Whether you’re thinking about coaching your child’s community team or you’re already the head coach of a national team, the NCCP has workshops to meet your needs.

How much time does it take?

NCCP training doesn’t require much time. Individual workshops can be completed in a single evening, and some workshops can now be taken online at your convenience or via home-study.

Where do I start?

The National Coaching Certification Program makes it easy to get started and stay motivated on the path towards coaching skills development. Read through the following pages to find the path that’s right for you!

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Fequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Locker? How do I get a CC#?
  2. Where can I find the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation?
  3. Where can I find information on Sport Specific NCCP Courses?
  4. Is there a minimum age requirement to enroll and NCCP Courses?
  5. What is the equivalent to old NCCP Theory 3?
  6. What is the difference between the old NCCP system and the current NCCP system?
  7. Additional information & questions

Certification - Update records or check certificationThe Locker (NCCP Database): Check your NCCP Certification (CC#'s)

Did you know Coaches BC provides locker support?  Log on Fridays from 10:00pm to 12:00pm for live locker support.

Check your coach certification in the NCCP Database on the Coaches Association of Canada website. Coaches can now look up their own CC#'s as well as reset their own passwords in the locker.  For more information watch the 30 second Video Tutorials for coaches or download the Training Manual.

A Coach Certification number (CC#) is assigned once you have taken a coaching course. If you do not have a CC# or password or need assistance with the locker, you can also contact Coaches BC Office Coordinator,  and provide your full name, email and mailing address, and date of birth. 

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Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation

All coaches must complete this evaluation after taking the Make Ethical Decisions module. Once you have received your CC# (see above) you can complete the MED Evaluation located on the Coaching Association of Canada's (CAC) website. When you go to complete the evaluation, you will be prompted for your CC# and NCCP Database password.  If you do not have a CC#, or do not remember it or your password, please contact Coaches BC Office Coordinator, .

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Sport-Specific Certification

Each sport provides the sport specific components of the NCCP and Coaches BC offers the multi-sport components within the Competition coach stream to the coaches. 

Do you know which course you need to take for your sport? Some sports have integrated the multi-sport modules with the sport-specific components. Check with your BC Provincial Sport Organization confirm the training you require. You can also go to the Sport Tracking section on the CAC website and view the Sport Development Models and Sport Integration Chart

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Minimum Age Requirement

The minimum age to take a multi-sport NCCP course is 16 years old. Credit will not be given to those below this minimum age requirement.

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Theory Level 3 Equivalency

To ensure it continues to be possible for coaches to complete their Level 3 certification in the old NCCP while the Competition – Development multi-sport modules are being piloted and implemented, leading to the discontinuation of Theory 3. Coaches who have completed training in Design a Basic Sport Program, Make Ethical Decisions (training or evaluation) and any 4 of the following 6 multi-sport modules, will automatically be credited in The Locker with Theory 3 equivalency upon receipt of all NCCP registration forms. Please read the CAC policy here

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The Old vs. New NCCP

Did you know the NCCP has changed? In the original NCCP program, often known as the "Levels NCCP", coach education was divided into Levels (1, 2, 3, etc). Each level had three components - theory, technical, and practical. When a coach completed all three components (such as Theory 1, Technical 1, and Practical 1) they were considered "Full Level 1 Certified". The theory courses were offered in a multi-sport setting, and the technical and practical courses were sport-specific. The new NCCP model is made up of three streams, Community Sport, Competition and Instruction streams, each with its own coaching requirements.

There were two significant downfalls of the original NCCP that outline the new NCCP: 

  1. Original NCCP: A coach had to start at Level 1 and work their way up, regardless of coaching experience and background. This was time consuming and expensive  especially for someone with significant background in a sport who was coaching higher level athletes. 
    New NCCP: The new NCCP model is made up of three athlete-centered streams: 'Community Sport', 'Competition' and 'Instruction', each with its own coaching requirements depending on the stage of the athletes someone is coaching. This allows coaches to take a course based on the athletes they are coaching, without various entry points into the NCCP. 

  2. Original NCCP: All a coach had to do to be considered a great coach was to show up and take a course, and they were considered certified for life (which does not necessarily make someone a great coach).
    New NCCP: There is a difference between a coach being Trained and Certified. A coach is considered 'In Training' until they have completed all required training components, at which point they are considered 'Trained'. In some streams a coach can then go on to become 'Certified', meaning that all training and evaluation requirements have been met. Once a coach has become 'Certified' they also have the option to take Professional Development to maintain their certification.

Each sport still provides the sport specific (technical/practical) components of the NCCP, and Coaches BC offers the multi-sport (theory) components within the Competition stream. These are taken in the classroom and many are also offered through the NCCP Home Study program. As sports are integrating into the new system, some sports have integrated the multi-sport modules with the sport-specific components (therefore requiring their coaches to only take the sport-specific training). Check with your BC Provincial Sport Organization first to confirm the training you require. 

To view a narrated presentation about the new NCCP model, click here.
To download a PDF illustrating the new NCCP model, click here.

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More Information

The CAC has developed many resources to help coaches better understand the NCCP. Check out their website at www.coach.ca for more information. The list below has been developed to outline some of the key points shown on the CAC website and also to aid as a quick reference for this information. (Note that the CAC website contains significantly more information)

  • What is NCCP? - Link to CAC
  • NCCP Overview - Link to CAC
  • Coaching 101 - Link to CAC
  • Fact Sheet for New Coaches - Link to CAC
  • Fact Sheet for Current Coaches - Link to CAC
  • Fact Sheet Fundamental Movement Skills - Link to Coaches BC
  • New NCCP PowerPoint [6.3 MB] - narrated PowerPoint Presentation about the new NCCP model

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