Maintenance of Certification


In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points – Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.

Professional Development (PD) points towards Maintenance of Certification Status begins once “Certified” status is earned. PD points earned prior to becoming “Certified” will not count towards the Maintenance of Certification Status.

Athletics “Certified” Coaches ( Sport Coach, Club Coach, and Performance Coach), please visit your NCCP Locker to see how many Professional Development points you have accumulated during your current Maintenance of Certification cycle and how many Professional Development points you still need to accumulate during your current Maintenance of Certification cycle.

Maintenance of Certification is the NCCP policy that requires NCCP coaches to maintain their certification through Professional Development and training opportunities over a predetermined period.

The NCCP Maintenance of Certification and Professional Development policy:

  • provides coaches with credit for attending Professional Development opportunities
  • promotes upgrading and maintaining relevancy to coaching practices


The number of points required depends on the context where the coach is certified:

Athletics Canada NCCP Certification Minimum Professional Development credits required over a 5-year period for renewal of certification is:
Community Sport:

–       Run, Jump Throw, Wheel

Instruction – Beginner

–       Sport Coach

10 points


10 points

Competition – Introduction

–       Club Coach

20 points
Competition – Development

–       Performance Coach

30 points
Competition – High Performance

High Performance Coach

30 points

For non-NCCP Partner delivered PD activities, points are distributed as follows:

1 hour = 1 PD Point

2 hours = 2 PD Points

3+ hours = 3 PD Points

If you have an activity for which you’d like to receive PD points, please contact or self-report in The Locker up to 3 PD points per 5 year cycle.


Self-Report PD Points

Please visit the link below to learn how to you can self-report up to 8 PD Points per cycle:

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