Maintenance of coaching certification
As coaches know, coaching certifications and maintenance requirements have changed over the years. In 2018 coaches who were already certified in the old Level 1, 2 or 3 programs were “grandfathered” into the current version of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). This was done by assigning these coaches the status of Certified (Transferred) in the Competition – Introduction or Competition – Development programs.
Any coaches who received the Certified (Transferred) status must have accumulated a minimum number of Professional Development (PD) points over the past five years, up to January 1, 2023 as follows:
- Competition – Introduction: 20 points
- Competition – Development: 30 points
These points are tracked on your NCCP transcript in the The Locker (https://thelocker.coach.ca/). Point totals will reset on January 1, 2023 and a new five-year cycle will begin. Coaches who have met the standard above will be in good standing with the NCCPand Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) in the New Year.
Coaches who have not done accumulated enough points will have their status changed to: Certified (Transferred – Not Renewed). Note: no one’s NCCP transcript will be wiped clean! All training and evaluation that they have done will still be there. However, they will not be eligible to coach at nationals until they renew. As soon as the coach has enough points on their transcript, their status will go back to Certified (Transferred) and they will be in good standing again.
What should you do if you are not sure?
Log in to the Locker to check your NCCP transcript: https://thelocker.coach.ca/
If you are having trouble logging in or reading your transcript, reach out to the team at the Coaching Association of Canada for help: [email protected]
- How do I know if this applies to me?
Log in to your Locker account, then go to the Certification tab of your profile. Go to the Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) section of it (you may have to scroll a bit) and look at the status in bold under the following program names: Competition – Introduction and Competition – Development. If you see the status Certified (Transferred), then this applies to you. Click here for steps to check your PD points.
- How do I earn professional development (PD) points?
Short answer: sign up for some NCCP training! The modules that are part of the WCL safe sport requirements (Making Headway in Sport, Safe Sport and Make Ethical Decisions) are each worth 5 points. Any WCL or multi-sport module for the Competition – Introduction and Competition – Development programs is also 5 points each. Finally, each year you can self-report some activities and earn a very limited number of points. There are lots of options at your disposal!
- I do not have a Locker account…How do I create one?
You can create one by using the link on the login page for the Locker: https://thelocker.coach.ca/
- Is earning PD points the only way to renew my coaching certification?
You can also decide to go through the evaluation process again. If you do that and pass the evaluation, you are considered to have fulfilled your renewal requirements.
- If I have more points than the minimum requirement, will they carry over into the next maintenance cycle?
When the new 5-year maintenance cycle starts in January, your point totals will reset. The goal behind this is to ensure that coaches who are already certified continue to seek out professional development opportunities throughout their careers.
How can I find out when coaching courses are being offered?
WCL coaching coaches will appear on the WCL Events Calendar. When an event becomes available a registration link will be available for you to sign up for an online or live event.
You can also find multi-sport training opportunities on the NCCP Workshop Calendar. Anyone with a Locker account can sign up and pay for those workshops.