The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) provides standardized, inclusive coach education across Canada. Launched in 1974, the NCCP is developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) in partnership with the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations. In Alberta, the Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (SPAR) Branch is the authorized delivery agent for the NCCP. Qualified NCCP Learning Facilitators who have undergone nationally standardized training, lead all NCCP sessions in order to produce skilled and knowledgeable coaches.
Each stream provides a rewarding sport experience for coaches and participants alike by ensuring the ideal alignment of each other’s skills, motivations, and objectives. For more information on the coaching streams/contexts, please go to https://coach.ca/nccp-streams-and-contexts.
NCCP modules are categorized as Multi-Sport Modules and Sport Specific Modules. A coach’s NCCP training usually combines both Multi-Sport and Sport Specific modules, based upon the pathway set by the national sport organization. Sport Specific modules are delivered through their respective Provincial Sport Organization while Multi-Sport Modules in Alberta are delivered by SPAR.
NCCP Multi-Sport Modules are further divided into two main subcategories of Competition Introduction and Competition Development. NCCP Multi-Sport modules may be delivered online, in person, through self-guided Home Study, or through eLearning formats. For more information on the Multi-Sport modules delivered in Alberta and to register for a specific course, check out the NCCP Multi-Sport Module Calendar.
COACHING STATUS AND MAINTENANCE
Within a sport context, coaches advance through three statuses based upon their completed training:
- In Training: a coach who has completed some of the required courses for a given sport context
- Trained: a coach who has completed all required courses for a given sport context
- Certified: A coach who has been evaluated for a given sport context
Coaches should check with their provincial sport organization to know which status they require for their desired coach pathway.
Coaches can use their NCCP# and password to log into the CAC Locker to check their status on their coaching transcript. Coaches can also view their maintenance of certification requirements on the maintenance page of their Locker account.
If you are new to coaching and do not have a NCCP#, you can create a new account before registering for any NCCP module.