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NCCP Coach Training

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NCCP Coach Certification Courses
NCCP Course Descriptions 
NCCP Locker/Online Transcript


The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program offered in over 66 sports across Canada. The NCCP is a collaborative program of the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, and the Coaching Association of Canada . For more information about the content of the courses or what course would be right for you please visit Coaches ViaSport BC .

IMPORTANT NCCP UPDATE: Please read about the new delivery of Competition Introduction Modules (Former Part A & B - 6 modules) and the integration of BC Coaches Association with viaSport BC here

NCCP Coaching Certification Streams Chart

Pro-D Points Requirments by Sport

**National Coaches Week in BC: September 19th-26th**
Since 2007, British Columbia has celebrated Coaches Week every September to promote the recruitment, development and celebration of coaches in B.C. and the important role they play in sport across the province. Led by ViaSport BC, the event will feature FREE coach training opportunities, recognition events, contests and a celebration of the work done by coaches across all regions of British Columbia throughout the month of September! See National Coaches Week webpage for more information.

Community Sport Courses Location   Room Date Time Online Course Reg # Link  Instructor
Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Kamloops TCC Room C/D
Apr 16 8:30-4:30 250132 TBA
Run,Jump,Throw TBA   TBA      
Introduction to Competition Modules  Location   Room Date Time Online Course Reg # Link   Instructor
Making Ethical Decisions  Kamloops


Feb 11 5:30-9:30pm 250337 Brian Olthuis
Basic Mental Skills Kamloops TBA Rescheduled TBA
6-9 pm 250338 Glenn Armstrong
Planning a Practice Kamloops TCC Room A/B
Apr 16 8:30-4:30 250339 Brian Olthuis
Competition Development Modules
(*see below for course descriptions)
Location   Room Date Time Online Course Reg # Link   Instructor
Developing Athletic Abilities Kamoops TBA Jan 29
Jan 30
250342 Marc Bowles
Managing Conflict Kamloops TBA TBA
5:30-9:30pm 250340  TBA

use the Course ID# for Kamloops courses and go to or call (250) 828-3500

NCCP Course Descriptions


- Fundamental Movement Skills (7 hours)
This one day course is for coaches, teachers, or leaders working with young children in a sport or recreational setting.  The goal of the workshop is to expose participants to a process that will teach and improve fundamental movement skills in children. The workshop consists of 12 units, each focusing on a specific aspect of teaching movement skills or on a specific movement skill.  The units give participants opportunities to assess and improve their teaching of fundamental movements skill as well as leadership skills such as activity delivery and effective communication. 

Previously the six multi-sport modules were offered stand alone or grouped into Part A or Part B workshops. The Coaching Association of Canada has moved away from using the language Part A and B in reference to these modules, so they stand alone like the Competition-Development modules.  Coaches Association BC has also integrated with ViaSport BC for all coaching needs within the Province. Read more here

Former Part A:                                           
Making Ethical Decisions                                           
Planning a Practice                                                      

Former Part B:
Teaching and Learning
Design a Basic Sport Program
Basic Mental Skills

Making Ethical Decisions (4 hrs)

Coaches trained in Making Ethical Decisions will learn how to (1) analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications; and (2) apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to each situation in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.  Upon completition of this module, coaches must complete Make Ethical Decisions Evaluation.

Planning a Practice (7 hrs)
The Planning a Practice Module focuses on teaching coaches how to organize a well-structured practice plan with safe, age-appropriate activities you’ve designed to
match the proficiency level of participants; identify potential risk factors that could impact the sport and practice activities; create an emergency action plan; and identify practice goals and design activities that offer the best training benefits for the athletic skills required in your sport.

Nutrition (1.5 hrs) 
Coaches trained in the Nutrition Module will learn how to determine if foods and beverages consumed by your athletes before, during and after training are adequate; offer suggestions for more suitable food and beverage alternatives when necessary; and gain a better understanding of the best way to promote healthy food choices that are consistent with basic sport nutrition principles to both athletes and their parents

Teaching and Learning (7.5 hrs)
The Teaching and Learning Module focusses on teaching coaches how to assess your own beliefs regarding effective teaching; analyze certain coaching situations to determine if they promote learning; create conditions that promote learning and self-esteem through: appropriate consideration of the affective, cognitive and motor dimensions of learning; the use of words and methods that relate to an athlete’s preferred learning style; a sound organization; active supervision; and the use of well-formulated feedback offered at the right time and with the right frequency; and to use teaching assessment grids to gather objective information on teaching effectiveness, and use this data to develop an action plan to enhance your own effectiveness as a teacher and coach.

Design a Basic Sport Programm (4 hrs)
Coaches trained in Designing a Basic Sport Program will be able to create a sound outline for your sport program that includes competition and training events; compare your program to those outlined by the NCCP in terms of long-term athlete development; assess the athletic development opportunities your program offers, and identify ways to remedy any weaknesses; interpret the information in a sample program, identifying training priorities and objectives at certain periods; and establish a link between your program’s training objectives and the content of practice sessions.

Basic Mental Skills (3 hrs)
The Mental Skills Modules teaches coaches how to recognize signs indicating that an athlete may need to improve his/her goal setting, focus, and anxiety control skills; and develop tools to help the athlete to make improvements in these areas; and run simple guided activities that help athletes improve basic mental skills.


We offer each Competition Development module periodically throughout the year. Please check the grid above for a list of all currently programmed courses. Below are descriptions of all Competition Development modules. 
The Competition – Development context focuses on training coaches who are working with athletes who are in the training to train or training to compete stages of long-term athlete development.

Managing Conflict 
Prevention & Recovery 
Leading Drug Free Sport
Developing Athletic Abilities
Coaching and Leading Effectively
Psychology of Performance

Managing Conflict (4.5 hours) 
Coaches trained in Managing Conflict will be able to identify common sources of conflict in sport, as well as individuals and groups likely to find themselves in conflict situations. They will gain skills in taking steps to prevent and resolve conflict resulting from misinformation, miscommunication, or misunderstanding. They will also develop skills that empower them to listen and speak for themselves in conflict situations so as to maintain positive relationships with athletes, parents, officials, and other coaches. Modeling such behaviour by a coach is the basis for athletes to enhance emotional development and handle the conflict of national and/or international competition.

Prevention & Recovery (7.5 hours)

Coaches trained in Prevention & Recovery will be able to identify common injuries in your sport and develop appropriate prevention and recovery strategies to keep your athletes injury-free during training and competition; offer valuable information and guidance on hydration, nutrition and sleep as they relate to injury prevention; choose skills and drills that help athletes perform appropriate warm-ups and cool-downs; develop functional evaluations for an athlete’s return to play; implement recovery and regeneration techniques to help an athlete maintain or return to optimal performance post injury.
(7.5 hours classroom time - not including breaks)

Leading Drug-free Sport (3.5 hours)
The Leading Drug-free sport module focuses on the ability of the coach to apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-making Model to sport situations with ethical implications for drug-free sport. This is critical as their athletes at this context are competing at national events, national multi-sport games or beginning to compete internationally where drugtesting is probable. Application of the decision making process reinforces the coaches need to have knowledge of the consequences of using banned substances in sport. Coaches identify educational strategies that they can use to educate athletes about drug-testing protocols at major competitions and take greater responsibility for their sport values and actions.

Developing Athletic Abilities (9 hours)
Coaches trained in the Developing Athletic Abilities module will be able to implement general and sport-specific training protocols and methods to appropriately develop or maintain sport-specific athletic abilities. Coaches focus on applying training principles and variables to training methods that build an athletes’ fitness in endurance, strength and speed as a well sport specific conditioning. After completing the module coaches will also be able to select and adapt testing and training protocols and methods to athletes training from 6-9 to 9-12 times per week in single to triple periodization.

Coaching and Leading Effectively (8.5 hours)
The Coaching and Leading Effectively module focuses on coaches applying intervention techniques that enhance learning with the aim to improve athletes’ performance and to promote group and skill development. Coaches will learn how to promote a positive image of sport and model the image to athletes and those supporting their performance. The module provides coaches with a process that they can use to deliver clear messages and explanations when communicating with athletes and those supporting their performance. Coaches also identify opportunities to interact with all athletes and use feedback to improve and correct performance and behaviour.

Psychology of Performance (7 hours)
The Psychology of Performance module focuses on developing coaches’ ability to guide athletes through the building of advanced mental preparation skills and focusing skills. It provides coaches with tools to assist athletes in learning how to manage distractions and conduct visualization so they can prepare themselves technically and tactically for training and competitive conditions. The coaches gain knowledge and ideas on how to work with athletes or teams to identify appropriate outcome, performance, and process goals related to their ability to focus on performance. Coaches also gain debriefing skills that both they and athletes can apply to assist athletes in assessing their performance in training and in competition.


  • To register for any of the courses listed above please read the specific registration details listed under that course.
  • If you are having difficulties registering online at  call the City of Kamloops at 250-828-3500 or register in person at the TCC with a Customer Service Representative.
  • Some of the links may take you to an external website for registration. Please follow the registration directions on those links.

Need to look up your NCCP Certification Information?   Welcome to The Locker!

The Locker is an important tool that supports the efforts of all Canadians involved in coach education. Access to this site will provide all coaches with the opportunity to track their progress and guide their development. The Locker has been developed by the Coaching Association of Canada to support its mission of enhancing the experiences of all Canadian athletes through quality coaching.
Coaches with a Locker account can view/update personal information, coaching records and access printable transcripts. NCCP Partners can access coach records in their sport or jurisdiction.

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