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Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development - Sport

Coach Training

Trained, competent coaches help ensure safe, ethical, effective and skilled development and achievement through sport. All coaches should be trained if they are to take a leadership role with children and youth. Adults also should have trained, competent coaches.

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is designed to train coaches to meet the needs of the participants/ athletes they are working with. Coaches with NCCP training learn to plan safe and effective practices, design meaningful training plans, teach appropriate sport skills and other positive lessons to their participants/athletes.

NCCP education is available through colleges, BC School Sports, provincial sport organizations, parks and recreation commissions and the National Coaching Institute (levels four and five). To find out more about coaching and NCCP courses in British Columbia, see the Coaches Association of BC website.

Certification programs for level 1 to 3 coaches are available through courses offered at many colleges, universities, schools and community centres. The Coaches Association of BC administers the National Coaching Certification Program. For more information on where and when these courses are offered, contact the association or your provincial sport organization.

The National Coaching Institute provides training and certification for levels four and five coaches. Professional and high performance coaches generally require these levels of certification.

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