Maintenance of Certification


In order to maintain certification, a total of professional development credits must be gained over a period of 5 years. Examples of events for which coaches can gain professional development credits include: coaching at national championships,  eLearning modules, webinars, clinics, talks, workshops and courses organized by Athletics Canada or provincial branches.

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 ( Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructor, 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
10 points
Instruction – Beginner
–       Sport Coach
10 points
Competition – Introduction
–       Club Coach
20 points
Competition – Development
–       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 Athletics Canada for their review at [email protected] 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:

Here are some free modules available in your Locker to accumulate PD points:

NCCP Making Head Way

NCCP Safe Sport Training

NCCP Emergency Action Plan

NCCP Leading a Return to Sport Participation

Fundamentals of Athletics: Track

Fundamentals of Athletics: Jumps

Fundamentals of Athletics: Throws

Understanding Teen Dating Violence
Asthma Management in Sports

Gender-based Violence in Sport

Bystander Empowerment

Modelling Healthy Relationships

Understanding the Rule of Two

Modules available in your Locker, that come with a cost, to accumulate PD points:

NCCP Creating a Positive Sport Environment ($15)

NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport ($15)

NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability ($15)

NCCP Sport Nutrition ($20)

NCCP Leading Drug-free Sport ($50)
Anti-racism in Coaching ($15)

Looking to earn extra PD points? Look no further! Visit the Human Kinetics Canada CAO-approved course catalogue today. With dozens of courses, there’s something there for everyone.
PD points awarded to Ontario-resident coaches only.  Enter your NCCP # in the space provided. PD Points will appear up to 90 days after completion. PD points offered are considered non-NCCP under the Maintenance of Certification Policy.


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