Coaching Education

Becoming a Coach

Coaching education is the backbone of BC Athletics athlete development. Great coaches build great athletes.

There are multiple ways to learn how to coach. 

We sugguest starting your coach eduation with our NCCP Coach Education Courses which serves as a foundation to your coach educaiton. Afterwards, you can advance your learning with professional developemnt (e.g., webinars, readings, mentorship), and when your ready be evaluated to become certified!

Read the steps below on how you can get strated in coaching and coach education!


How to Become a Coach

1. Become a BCA Coach Member 

2. Find a Club near you

3. Take an NCCP Athletics Coaching Course relevant to your coaching environment to be a TRAINED NCCP Coach

4: Participate in professional developement to continue your learning:

4. When you're ready, take your Coach Education Evaluation to be a CERTIFIED NCCP Coach 

5. Continue participating in profesional development (see step 3). Coaching involves life long learning. Once certified, you need professional development points to maintain certification. Learn more here. 

Questions about coaching education? Email Jennifer Brown, BCA Coaching Education Coordinator

Coaching Courses

Coaches require different knowledge and skills depending on who they are coaching. Rather than completing courses in a paticular order, you take the coaching courses relevant to the athletes you are coaching.

Watch this video explaining the
NCCP Athletics Canada coach education pathway. 

Follow to the chart below to find your appropriate coaching context   

*Click on the courses or evaluations for more info
* Courses and evaluations can be completed in any order 

If you’re coaching...

Your pathway is...

Courses needed to be NCCP Trained*

Evaluations Need to be NCCP Certified*

Not sure what you will be coaching or just starting as a volunteer?
Check out the free e-learning Fundamentals of Athletics on the locker to get started (requires a free NCCP #)

Grassroots / elementary school or community programs

Run Jump Throw Wheel

Run Jump Throw Wheel 


Make Ethical Decisions

Introductory or Jr High Athletes

Competing in all events at the local/regional level


Coaches will have an introduction to all event groups

Sport Coach

Long Term Athlete Development


Foundations of Coaching (Theory)

Sport Coach Technical

Make Ethical Decisions


Sport Coach

Make Ethical Decisions

Intermediate /
High School or club

Competing in specific events

Coaches will sign up to learn about one event group (Sprints, endurance, throws or jumps) at a time

NCCP Club Coach

Long Term Athlete Development

Foundations of Coaching (Theory)

Club Coach Technical

Make Ethical Decisions

Club Coach

Make Ethical Decisions

Elite level athletes / university or club

Competing in advanced specific events

Coaches will sign up to learn about one event group at a time

NCCP Performance Coach

Performance Coach

Athletics Performance Coach Pre-Learning

-Make Ethical Decisions
- Managing Conflict
Psychology of  Performance
-Manage a Sports Program
-Leading Drug Free Sport

Performance Coach

Make Ethical Decisions

Managing Conflict


 NCCP Courses: In-Training vs Trained vs Certified

  • Our courses are part of the NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) in which coaches progress from In-Training to Trained to Certified within their pathway. 
    • In training = Taken partial course requirements (see third column above) 
    • Trained = Taken all course requirements (e.g., athletics course + multi-sport courses) 
    • Certified: Completed all evaluations required (athletics + multi-sport evaluations)


Important Course Info:

What are the minimum age requirements? 

What is an NCCP number and how do I get one? 

Sign up for a BC Athletics Coach membership for discounts of NCCP BCA courses. 

Find grants to support your Coach Education. 


Course Calendar

COVID-19 Annoucement

 Theory Courses for Sport and Club Coach are offred online while techincal portions are in person. 
Please read our Return to In-Person Coach Education Full Guidelines  and Summary for Participants




More Information and Registration

Upcoming Courses
Nov 6-7 Sport Coach Technical Nanaimo Click here for link
Nov 9 Talent Development: A slow cooker not a pressure cooker - Sport for life Online Click here for Link
Nov 21 and 28 Sport Coach Technical West Vancouver Click here for link
Nov 25, 2-3:30pm Safe Sport Talks: Starting the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion conversation with Mark Tewksbury and guests  Online Click here for link
Dec15th Buisness of Coaching Webinar Part 2 Online Click here for link
Courses Available Any Time
 Anytime  Athletics NCCP Performance Coach Pre- Learning (Required for Performance Coach)  e-learning online  Click here for link 
(login to locker to access)
Anytime Long Term Athlete Development for Athletics 
(Required for Sport and Club Coach)
e-learning online Click here for link 
(login to locker to access)
Anytime NCCP Emergency Action Plan
(Requried for Sport and Club Coach
e-learning online

Click here for link 
(login to locker to access)

Anytime Fundamentals of Athletics (great for parents or coaches just getting started!) e-learning online Click here for link 
(login to locker to access)
Anytime Competition Management for Team Coaches at Canada Games e-learning online  Click here for link
(login to locker  to access)
Anytime Officals 101 and 102 e-learning online Click here for link
(login to locker to access)
 Various  NCCP Multi-Sport Modules such as Making Ethical Decison, Coaching and Leading Effectively etc. Requried for some of our Athletics Courses and offer Pro-D Points  Available as Online Webinars, In -person, or e-learnings to be taken any time  Schedules Here 
Anytime  Professional Development Webinars Online  Click here for link

Important Course Info




Summary of Completed NCCP Courses


Date Location Course
Oct 30-31, 2021 Surrey Sport Coach Technical for Masters Athletes
Oct 18 and 25 2021 Online Foundations of Coaching: Theory modules of Sport and Club Coach 
Oct 2-3, 2021 Vancouver Sport Coach Technical
Sept 2021 Online Foundations of Coaching: Theory modules of Sport and Club Coach 
Sept 2021 Penticton Sport Coach Technical
June 14-28 Online  Foundations of Coaching: Theory modules of Sport and Club Coach 
May 25-June 1 Online  Foundations of Coaching: Theory modules of Sport and Club Coach 
May 10-17 Online Foundations of Coaching: Theory modules of Sport and Club Coach 
Nov 27-29 Online NCCP Sport Coach
Nov 22-26 Online Performance Summit 2020 
Nov 25 Online Effective Coaching Strategies for the High Performance Coach (Webinar 3 of 3)
Nov 14-15 Nanaimo NCCP Sport Coach
Nov 7-12 Online 2020 BC Throws Summit
Oct 28th Online Effective Coaching Strategies for the High Performance Coach (Webinar 2 of 3)
Oct 7th Online Sleep as A Crucial Factor for Maximizing Peak Performance
Sept 30th Online Effective Coaching Strategies for the High Performance Coach (Webinar 1 of 3)
July 9th Online Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport: Performance and Health Implications in Track & Field
May 6-27 Online Foundations of Coaching in Athletics Online Modules (theory modules of Sport, Club and Road Running Coach)
March 8, 2020 Burnaby All Youth Matter: Youth Inclusion Course
Jan 25, 2020 Burnaby 2020 Performance Summit
Jan 18-19, 2020 Victoria NCCP Sport Coach Track and Field
Jan 18-19, 2020 Richmond Wheelchair Athletics Coach Development
Nov 16-17th, 2020 South Surrey NCCP Road Running Instructor Course
Nov 16-17th, 2020 South Surrey NCCP Sport Coach Track and Field
Nov 15th, 2020 Langley NCCP Making Ethical Decisions
Nov 8-10th, 2019 Richmond 2019 BC Throws Summit
Oct 26th, 2019 Victoria Mentorship: BC XC Championship
Oct 25-27th Nanaimo NCCP Club Coach Throws
Oct 5-6th Penticton NCCP Sport Coach 
Oct 5-6th Penticton NCCP Road Running Instructor Course
Sept 27th Victoria NCCP Making Ethical Decisions
Sept 7th Victoria NCCP Run Jump Throw Wheel
June 20th, 2019  Burnaby  Harry Jerome Mentorship
May 24-27th, 2019 Kelowna  NCCP Sport Coach
May 24-28th, 2019 Kamloops NCCP Sport Coach + MED
May 17-19th, 2019  South Surrey  NCCP Club Coach 
May 10-12th, 2019 Prince George NCCP Club Coach
April 26-28th, 2019 Burnaby NCCP Sport Coach
April 19-22*, 2019  Richmond NCCP Performance Coach 
March 29-31, 2019 Nanaimo  NCCP Club Coach
March 14th, 2019 Burnaby + Online Seminar: Applications of Performance Testing 
March 1-3rd, 2019 Powell River NCCP Sport Coach + MED
Feb 27 -28th, 2019 Victoria NCCP RunJumpThrowWheel
Oct 1-2, 2016 Victoria NCCP Club Coach (Para Techincal Only)
Sept 23-25, 2016 Vernon NCCP Sport Coach
Sept 23-25, 2016 South Surrey NCCP Club Coach (Endurance, Sprints & Hurdles)
Sept 24, 2016 South Surrey NCCP Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Sept 9-24, 2016 UBC Varsity Athlete Sport Coach
Sept 24, 2016 UBC NCCP Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Sept 16-18, 2016 Maple Ridge Sport Coach
Sept 17, 2016 Maple Ridge Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Sept 9-11, 2016 Victoria Road Running Instructor Pilot #5
Sept 11, 2016 Victoria Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
April 22-24, 2016 Smithers Club Coach (Endurance, Sprints & Hurdles)
April 22, 2016 Smithers 1/2 of Sport Coach (Basic Technical Elements) - Teacher Professional Development
April 8-10, 2016 Nanaimo Club Coach (Endurance, Jumps, Throws)
April 9, 2016 Nanaimo Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
April 1-3, 2016 Victoria Sport Coach
April 2, 2016 Victoria Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
March 4-6, 2016 White Rock Club Coach (Sprints & Hurdles, Throws)
March 5, 2016 White Rock Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Feb 26-28, 2016 Langley Sport Coach
Feb 27, 2016 Langley Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Nov 13-15, 2015 Victoria Club Coach Endurance (tailored to current/retired National Team Athletes)
Nov 14, 2015 Victoria Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Nov 8, 2015 Burnaby Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Nov 6-8, 2015 Burnaby Performance Coach - Planning for Performance Weekend
Sept 25-27, 2015 White Rock Club Coach (Jumps, Endurance)
Sept 18-20, 2015 Maple Ridge Sport Coach
June 12-14, 2015 Burnaby Road Running Instructor Pilot #4
April 12, May 17, 2015 Duncan Sport Coach
April 10-12, 2015 Nanaimo Club Coach (Jumps, Sprints/Hurdles)
April 10-12, 2015 Nanaimo Sport Coach
April 10-12, 2015 Kelowna Sport Coach
March 27-29th, 2015 Richmond Sport Coach
Jan 16-18th, 2015 Kelowna Road Running Instructor Pilot #3
Oct 4-5th, 2014 Victoria Sport Coach
Aug 23-24th,2014 Burnaby Sport Coach
August 6-8th, 2014 Kamloops Club Coach (Sprints/Hurdles, Jumps, Throws)
August 6-7th, 2014 Kamloops Sport Coach
June 6-8th, 2014 Victoria Road Running Instructor Pilot #2
May 23-25th, 2014 Kelowna Sport Coach
May 9-11th, 2014 Kamloops Club Coach
May 9-11th, 2014 Kamloops Sport Coach
April 4-6th, 2014 Nanaimo Club Coach (Endurance, Sprints/Hurdles, Jumps, Throws)
April 4-6th, 2014 Nanaimo Sport Coach
March 7-9th, 2014 Richmond Club Coach Throws & Para Throws
Feb 21, 23, March 2, 2014 Richmond Sport Coach
Jan 24-26th, 2014 Burnaby Road Running Instructor Pilot #1
Sept 13-15, 2013 Langley Sport Coach


Course Interest/ Request Form

BC Athletics organizes Coaching Education courses throughout the year.  We would like to meet the needs of as many BC Coaches as possible. 

Check our Course Calendar before submitting a course interest/requset form to see if there's a course near you. See our courses descriptions to see which course is right for you.

Please complete the approprite form below to assist us in setting up the courses in areas of interest. 

I would like to ATTEND a course


I would like to HOST a course 
(see guidelines below)


Hosting Guidelines

All NCCP Courses Must be Pre-approved by BC Athletics 

MINIMUM 6 COACHES are required to host a course or equivalent registration  

  • For example, if you have 4 coaches the cost of hosting would be the cost of 2 regisrations
  • BC Athletics can help promote the course to fill the additional spaces


  • ​BC Athletics covers all costs including Learning Faciliator fees (pay, travel, accomodation), facilities and insurance. They organize the Learning Faiclitator, manage registration, and help promote the course provincially
  • We ask the Host Clubs help to finding local bookings for facility, equipment and promote the course locally 


  • Our standard example schedules are below as well as suggested equipment. However, we can work with you to create a schedule to accomodate your needs and will connect you to the learning facilitator to arrange equipment. 
  • We will be offering Foundations of Coaching (theory modules for Sport and Club Coach) online for coaches anywhere in the province. Clubs can then host just the Techincal portions of Sport and Club.

Run Jump Throw Wheel

Foundations of Coaching Sport Coach Club Coach





The first step to becoming certified is taking a Coaching Course and becoming NCCP TRAINED. Find them here.  

From there, you can be evaluated to be NCCP CERTIFIED 

What Does Certification Mean?
There are three levels of NCCP qualifications for any pathway:

  1. In training = Taken partial course requirements 
  2. Trained = Taken all course requirements (e.g., athletics course + multi-sport courses) 
  3. Certified: Completed all evaluations required (athletics + multi-sport evaluations)

Certification Requirements

Coaching Pathway:

Run Jump Throw Wheel

Sport Coach

Club Coach

Performance Coach

Evaluation Fee:





Athletics Evaluation Requirements:


-Practice Observation

-Practice Observation

-Practice Observation
-Competition Observation (at a National or equivalent level meet)

Additional Required
Multi-Sport Evaluations 

-Make Ethical Decisions

-Make Ethical Decisions

-Make Ethical Decisions

-Make Ethical Decisions
-Managing Conflict

Steps to Register for Athletics Evaluation

  1. Create an account on Athletics Canada’s evaluation site. This requires:
  2. Under the Status tab find the context you which to be evaluated in. Click register and then click both tabs to register and pay. 
  3. Once this is done you will be assigned an evaluator and you can upload your portfolio on the same site and communicate with your evaluator to organize a time for your observation.   
  • You will also find your marking rubric this site that will provide you with a check list of what is required. Click on "Documents",  the Select your Context  from the drop down menu, and download the "Marking Rubric

Why Become Certified?  

Certification Ensures Professional Standards: 

  • The Coaching Association of Canada and its partners, recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs.
  • This reinforces the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community. 
  • As in any profession, Canadian coaches must also show their competency through an evaluation of their coaching tools, practices, and competitions.   

Profession Development Opportunity:

  • Please remember, the evaluation process is meant to be a shared learning experience similar to a mentorship rather than a pass/fail one-time interaction. 
  • The evalutor is not judging your coaching technique but there to share ideas, ask questions, and ensure you are safe, ethical, and meet the standards set by either Athletics Canada or the Coaches Association of Canada.

Important Notes

  • The preferred order to complete your evaluation is it complete your portfolio prior to your practice and/or competition observation. However, this order is not required.

  • Coaches can choose to skip the course and go straight to evaluation. However if the coaches skips the course and does not pass the evaluation, they will need to take the course before repeating the evaluation

  • You will be required to collect Professional Development Points (Pro-D Points) over 5 years after you are certified to maintain certificaiton

  • Multi-sport evaluations are free if you complete the course first, and you will have unlimited attempts to pass. if you skip to evaluation, it is $85 with 3 attempts to pass with 75%. If you would like to take the course first, you can find the courses on the viaSport calendar here

  • The minimum age to be certifed is 16. Learn more here



Maintenance of Certification

All NCCP Certified coaches in any context or sport are requried to maintan certification through professional development points once they are certified. 

Maintenance of certification, through proof of ongoing learning (Professional Development, Pro-D) and active coaching is viewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP.

Once certified, coaches have 5 years to collect the amount of Pro-D Points shown below. If they do not, their status will changed to Trained until they collect the required amount. 

Minimum Pro-D Points Required to Maintain Certification within a 5 year cycle

Run, Jump, Throw Certified

10 points

Sport Coach Certified

20 points

Club Coach Certified

20 points

Performance Coach Certified

30 points


How can you earn Pro-D Points?

See the chart below on how you can earn pro-d points. Check out the our Professional Development Tab for some options

Type of Pro D Points How to collect points

NCCP Courses and Evaluations (Athletics or multi-sport)

5 points each Automatically radded in locker

Non-NCCP Webinars, Conferences or Courses

1 point per hr; maximum 3 points per session  If advertised by organizer, automatically applied; if not, ask the organizers to have iPro-D points added

Active Coaching

1 point per year

Add your points to your locker.

Click profile > certification >  self-report

Click "Record active status" to report your active coaching, or "record professional development to self-report" (see blue circles in photo below)

Self-directed learning (course, webinar, read a book, watched a film)

max 3 points per 5 year cycle

How to self-report pro-d points under your profile in the locker.


How can I check how many PD points I have? 

  • Log in to the locker.
  • Click profile > certification > maintenance (see green circle in photo above)

This will show you how many points you have out of how many you need, and when your cycle starts (year you were certified) and when it expires (how long you have to collect the required points)


Find Out More about Maintenance of Certification and PD Points:

Professional Development

Professional Development is key to life long learning and coach development
take for your own development, or to collect professional develompent points for your maintenance of certification. 

NCCP Multi-Sport Coures   Non-NCCP Pro-D Webinars

NCCP Multi-Sport Courses
Each NCCP course you take (whether multi-sport, athletics, or evaluation) will provide you with 5 pro-d points. They are offered:

  • In person or online by viaSport and the Regional Alliance (see calendar here) and in other provinces (login and visit the locker calendar)
  • As e-learning modules in the locker to be completed any time (click the previous link to login to the locker and access courses)
    • ​You can filter the e-learnings as the top of the page by multi-sport, athletics, or more
    • The athletics tab has some great e-learnings for parents getting started , high performance coaches, officals, competition management etc!
Required to be Fully Trained/Certifed in any Athletics Course
Making Ethical Decisions   
Required to be fully Trained/Certified in Performance Coach 
Managing Conflict  Leading Drug Free Sport (e-learning)
Coaching and Leading Effectivley Manage a Sport Program 
Psychology of Performance   
Not Required to be trained/certified but recommended for Pro-D
Advanced Practice Planning  Making Head Way in Sport (e-learning)
Basic Mental Skills  Mental Health in Sport (e-learning)
Coaching and Leading Effectively  Mentorship
Coaching Athletes with Down Syndrome (e-learning) Planning a Practice 
Creating a Positive Environment  (e-learning) Performance Planning 
Design a Basic Sport Program  Prevention & Recovery
Developing Athletic Abilities Safe Sport Training (e-learning)
Diversity and Inclusion (e-learning) Sport Nutrition
Emergency Action Plan (e-learning) Support Through Sport (e-learning)

Non-NCCP Professional Development Webinars
The following organizations offer a variety of webinars. Some have pro-d points available automatically, others you can self-report your points on the locker (See maintenance of certification for information on how to do so)

Organization Description Price
BC Athletics 
  • BC Athletics Youtube Page has past webinars. Email us if you have watched our past events and we will give you pro-D points. 
Athletics Canada 
  • Athletics Canada has webinar series' and e-learning opportunities available for all coaches. 
ALTIS Digital Courses
  • Our courses have been created by world-class coaches with a track record if success, and Performance Therapists who are revolutionizing sports medicine. Each course features hours of in-depth guided learning content, ALTIS videos, and more, which share knowledge and unique perspectives you won't find anywhere else. 
Coaching Association of Canada 
  • The Coaching Association of Canada has many multi-sport and sport specific professional development courses that are available to you. 
Commit to Kids 
  • C2K for Coaching online training empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to help enhamce youth safety in sport. 
CSI Pacific 
  • CSI Pacific are driven to develop competent coaches in the high performance sport pathway who are capable of delivering the highest quality athlete programming.  
  • There are many pro-d opportunities available through CSI Pacific, including their Speaker Series on Demand
  • EvalTrackSport offers courses in many coaching areas including sprints, endurance, jumps, throws, strength, and youth development. 
Respect Group Inc 
  • The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, and officials to recognize, understand, and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination. 
School Sport 
  • This organization hosts several interactive online educational courses for couches. These courses were designed specifically for coaches in a school-sport setting and cover everything from the philosophies of school sport, growth and development, nutrition, injury management, planning a practice, and much more. 
Sport for Life 
  • Sport for Life strives to reshape how we support sport and train athletes at all levels in Canada – from children to adults, from towns to cities, from provinces and regions through to the national level.
PHE Canada 
  • Promotes and advances quality physical and health education and healthy learning environments. 
  • Specific physical literacy courses can be found here 




Grants and Bursaries

At BC Athletics we recognize that attending coaching courses may not be financially assessible for all coaches. The grants below are available to help support your needs. 







Bob Bearpark Equity & Access Coaching Bursary Awards

ViaSport BC

  • For coaches completing an NCCP multi-sport or sport-specific coach training course or certification evaluation 


LeadForward Grant: Advancing Balanced Representation in Sport ViaSport BC
  • This grant aims to strengthen balanced leadership for female coaches, officials, and organizational staff throughout BC. 
  • Supports training, certification, and policiy development opportunities. 
WISE Fund Grant Canadian Women & Sport 
  • For women and girls to participate and lead in the sport system 

Bob Bearpark High Performance Coach Education Bursary Awards

ViaSport BC

  • For coaches undertaking NCCP Competition Development modules/evaluations or Advanced Coaching Diploma modules
  • Must be a BC resident


NCCP Gameplan Coach Education Grants  GamePlan
  • Supports athletes who are looking to coach in the Competition-Development Stream (Comp-Dev) or the Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) program as part of the NCCP. 

Up to $1000

ACD/Team BC Canada Games Bursary Canadian Sport Institute
  • Have completed the Advanced Coaching Diploma at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific.
  • Be verified as a Team BC selected coach
  • Provide evidence of completing Diploma requirements
  • Be a current member in good standing of Coaches of Canada
Northern BC Coaching and Officiating Development Fund ViaSport BC
  • Individual or group who permanently reside in zones 7 or 8 OR
  • PSO who hosts a coaching/officiating course in zones 7 or 8
Individuals: $1500
PSO: $2500

Coaches BC Legacy Grants

ViaSport BC

  • Aims to encourage more community level coaches to become involved, to further their education, and to receive training/certification. 
  • Four coach grants are available. 



BC Ferries Sport Experience Program

ViaSport BC

  • Vouchers may be used for travelling to a recognized certfication or professional development opportunity

Advanced Coaching Diploma – Travel Bursary

Canadian Sport Institute

  • Be endorsed by a NSO with min. level 3 certification or equivalent
  • Be activley coaching athletes
  • Pay designated tuition for ACD program
  • Completes all ACD requirements

Max. $100/event

UBC Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Sport Leadership Scholarship

Canadian Sport Institute

  • Endorsed by National Sport Organization (Letter of Endorsement)
  • Successfully admitted into the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Sport Leadership.
  • Current member in good standing of Coaches of Canada

Max. $2000

ViaSport Grants & Links to Other Grants ViaSport BC 
  • ViaSport offers many different grants for coaches and has published an extensive list of other grants



Minimum Standards for Coach Membership


Please read over the info below and on the website. If you have any questions that cannot be answered from the website please email Jen!


Step 1: Get an NCCP Number (before Jan 1st, 2017)

Step 2: Take an NCCP Coaching Course (In-Training) (before Jan 1st, 2018)

Step 3: Complete Additional Requirements (Trained) (before Jan 1st, 2019)


Still have Questions or Need More Information?  

Below are some links to provide you with all the details of BC Athletics New Minimum Standards for Coach Membership.

Link to the initial email sent from BCA President and BCA CEO: 


Making Sense of the New BCA Minimum Coach Standards (FAQ and Solutions):


3 Simple Steps to Becoming Trained:



Graphic Explanation of Athletic Canada's NCCP Coaching Pathway:




What is an NCCP number? 

What is In-Training vs Trained vs Certified? 

How do I find what trainings or certifications I have?

What are the age requirements to be trained or Certified? 

Do I need a BC Athletics Coach membership for courses? 

How do I access course manuals? 

How can I receive financial assistance? 

Where do I find evaluation rubrics? 

Do I need to take Athletics Courses before the evaluation? 

Do I need to take the multi-sport courses before the evaluation? 





What is an NCCP Number?

  • An NCCP number gives you access to the Locker, which is the Coaching Association of Canada's database system for all sports. All your coach education will be tracked on the Locker.
  • You can login to the Locker to view your coach education transcript, course history, professional development points, as well as take online courses and multi-sport evaluations 
  • Sign up for an NCCP number or look up your number here.  It's free and takes two minutes!  


What is NCCP In-Training vs Trained vs Certified?

  • There are three levels of NCCP certification for any pathway: 
    • In-Training: Taken partial course requirements. 
    • Trained: Taken all course requirements (ex. athletics courses & multi-sport courses) 
    • Certified: Completed all evaluations required (ex. athletics evaluations & multi-sport evaluations) 

How do I find our what Trainings or Certifications I have?

  • Click here to login to the locker with your NCCP Number
  • Click on the "Certification" tab at the top 
  • You will see all the courses and certificaitons that you have as well as your NCCP Status (in-training, trained, or certified)
  • OR click the "history" tab to see a timeline of when you have taken your trainings

What are the age requirements?

  • The minimum age to obtain a Coach Membership with BC Athletics is 15 
  • However, coaches can start their NCCP training (i.e., take a course) in preparation for coaching at 14
  • The minimum age to be NCCP Certified (i.e., take an evaluation) is 16 

Do I need a BC Athletics coach membership for courses?

  • No, you do not need to have a coach membership to enrol in courses. However, being a BC Athletics member will grant you discounts for many of the coaching courses available. 


How do I access course manuals?

  • Electronic Copies 
    • The NCCP Course Manuals are accessible for free online to all coach members and course participants under the "Documents" tab at
    • Coaches will need their BCA Coach Membership Number (this is the same as your Athletics Canada number) to sign up or log in. You can look up your BCA number here
  • Hard Copies 
    • Coaches have the option of ordering hard copies of the course manuals for a fee. You can order them with your course registration or seperately by filling out this form. The fees are listed below: 
      • Sport Coach Workbook: $15.00 + GST and Shipping (used in Foundations of Coaching Online Theory Modules)
      • Club Coach Workbook: $17.00 + GST and Shipping (used in Foundations of Coaching Online Theory Modules and Club Coach Course)
      • Sport and Club Coach Technical Manual: $14.00 + GST and Shipping (use in Sport and Club Coach Technical Course)


How can I receive financial assistance?


Where do I find evaluation rubrics?

  • The evaluation rubrics provide you with a check list of what is required for your portfolio and observations. 
  • Login to Atheltics Canada. You can sign in with your Atheltics Canada number (same as your BC Athletics number - found here
  • Click on "Documents", then select your context from the drop down menu and download the "Marking Rubric" 


Do I need to take athletics courses before the evaluation?

  • No, the evaluation assesses the coaches knowledge and competency. You can obtain this compentncy from the course, on your own, and take the evaluation when you feel ready. 
  • However, 
    • If you take the athletics course first, you have unlimited attemptes to pass. If you skip the course and go straight to the evaluation, you have one attempt to pass and if you don't, you will need to take the course first before attempting the evaluation again. 


Do I need to take the multi-sport courses before the evaluation?

  • No, however: 
    • If you take the multi-sport course first, the evaluations are free with unlimited attemptes to pass with 75% of higher. 
    • If you skip the course and go straight to the evaluation, the cost is $85.00 with 3 attempts to pass with 75% or higher. 
  • To take the multi-sport evaluation, login to the locker and click the e-learning tab to find your respective evaluation (all are online).