Launched in 1974, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the Coaching Association of Canada’s (CAC’s) flagship program, and has been identified as a world leader in coach education. It is currently the largest adult continuing education program in Canada. The NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed and is designed & delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations.
Trained vs. Certified
The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction) as defined by the sport and be considered “trained”.
To become “certified” in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.
NCCP coaches are described as follows:
In Training – when they have completed some of the required training for a context;
Trained – when they have completed all required training for a context;
Certified – when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context.