National Coaching Certification Program
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for 66 different sports and is offered in both official languages across Canada. NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time coach to the head coach of a national team. The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coach training and certification in Canada. As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety.
Since 1997, the emphasis of the NCCP has been on developing competent coaches – an exciting step towards helping them to become more effective and have a more meaningful impact on an athlete’s experience. Each year, more than 50,000 coaches take an NCCP workshop and since it began, more than 1 million coaches have participated in the program, making it one of Canada’s largest adult education programs.
NCCP Introduction to Competition
These modules are a multi-sport delivery of the Introduction to Competition. These modules are typically required where a sport doesn’t offer an integrated learning opportunity for the Introduction to Competition Coach.
Introduction to Competition Part A
This module is approximately 12 hours long covering 3 key outcomes: Make Ethical Decisions, Planning a practice and Nutrition. Coaches will be considered Trained in this module. There is an online evaluation for Make Ethical Decisions to become certified. All material is provided in class. There is no pre-requisite for this module.
Introduction to Competition Part B
This module is approximately 15 hours long covering 3 key outcomes: Design a Basic Sport Program, Teaching and Learning, and Basic Mental Skills. All material is provided in class. The pre-requisite for this class is the Introduction to Competition Part A.
Design a Basic Sport Program and Make Ethical Decisions are also offered as stand alone modules through the National Coaching Institute Calgary.
There are 6 modules at this level of NCCP training. The prerequisite for this level is Certified Make Ethical Decisions and Trained in Design a Basic Sport Program.
- Developing Athletic Abilities
- Coaching and Leading Effectively
- Leading Drug Free Sport
- Prevention and Recovery
- Psychology of Performance
- Managing Conflict
Each sport will have specific guidelines, however, typically 4 of the 6 modules will give a coach level 3 theory equivalency in the old NCCP level program.
nccp calgary 2013 spring-summer course schedule.pdf
nccp edmonton 2013 spring-summer course schedule.pdf
For more information or to register for a workshop please contact Jason Sjostrom, Director of the National Coaching Institute Calgary at 403.220.8197 or by email at