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
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
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.
National Coaching Institute provides
training and certification for levels four and five
coaches. Professional and high performance coaches
generally require these levels of certification.
For more information, please see:
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