National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

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 and as a result, they are 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.

Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.

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.



During Sport Coach, coaches are exposed to all the event groups. They will be introduced to proper safety requirements technical progression of events, and seasonal planning. The course is NCCP accredited and aligns with the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines and with the Long Term Athletic Development Model and the principals for Train to Train. Coaches will leave trained in all events.  Each learning module is designed to meet the needs of coaches who are providing direct instruction or event assistance to student-athletes in a junior high and high school track and field program.

Athlete’s ages: Grades 9-12

LTAD Stage: Train to Train

Events Covered:

  1. Run (hurdles/sprints, and Endurance),
  2. Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump)
  3. Throw (Jav, Disc, Shot)



During Club Coach, coaches select one event group (Jumps, Throws, Endurance or Sprints/Hurdles) to specialize in and are introduced to all facets of that event group. The focus of this course is to prepare the coach to develop an athlete’s skills over a season of 12-24 weeks. The course is NCCP accredited and aligns with the Long Term Athletic Development Model and the principals for Train to Train and Train to Compete. Coaches will leave trained in one event. Seasonal planning is a key skill that is introduced in this course.  It is recommend to complete Sport Coach for people who are new to coaching and those who are working with young athletes in our sport who are working with all disciplines

Athlete’s ages: Grades 9-12

LTAD Stage: Train to Train, Train to compete

Events to Select:

  1. Hurdles/Sprints
  2. Endurance
  3. Jump (High Jump, Triple jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault)
  4. Throw (Javelin, Discus, Shot put)
  5. Para



Details to come








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