The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for 65 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.

While continuing to equip coaches with the tools they need to become
successful community leaders, the program itself has undergone a number
of changes in recent years. In response to an extensive evaluation, the
Coaching Association of Canada has adapted the NCCP to fit today’s
coaching environment. Among these important changes has been a shift in
emphasis from “what a coach knows” to “what a coach can do”. This
transformation to a competency/outcomes-based approach has been a key
factor in the re-development of the program.

For more information about the new NCCP model, click here .

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