Coaching Education

Coaching Education

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

Questions about the coaching education system? Contact BC Athletics' Coaching Education Coordinator:

Jennifer Brown at 604.333.3558 or jennifer.brown@bcathletics.org

Helpful Links:
 

Upcoming BC Course Information:

 

Canadian Track & Field Coaching Information:

 

General Coaching Information:

 

 

Course Calendar

Upcoming Events

 

Date Course Location Link
Sept 27th Making Ethical Decisions Victoria www.trackiereg.com/MEDvictoria 
Sept 27-29th Sport Coach - Track & Field Victoria www.trackiereg.com/SCvictoria
Oct 5-6th  Sport CoachTrack& Field and Road Running Penticton www.trackiereg.com/SCpenticton
Oct 25-27th Club Coach Throws  Nanaimo www.trackiereg.com/CCthrowsnanaimo
Oct 25-27th Road Running Instructor Course Victoria www.trackiereg.com/RRvictoria
Oct 26th Mentorship: BC XC Championship Victoria www.trackiereg.com/BCXCMentorship
Nov 8-10 2019 BC Throws Summit Richmond  
Nov 15 Making Ethical Decisions Langley www.trackiereg.com/MEDlangley
Nov 16-17th Sport Coach - Track & Field  South Surrey www.trackiereg.com/SCsouthsurrey
Nov 30th Mentorship: XC Nationals Abbotsford www.trackie.com/ACXCmentorship

Is your club interested in hosting a course? Contact Jennifer.brown@bcathletics.org

 

** Please note that all NCCP courses (RJTW, Sport, Club, and Performance Coach) require a COACH membership, which also requires a Criminal Record Check within one month of submitting your membership. To obtain a coach membership, or upgrade your membership to coach, contact your club registrar (if part of a club) or Sam.Collier@bcathletics.org if unattached. Visit http://www.bcathletics.org/Coaches/Membership/ for more information

           

 

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Not sure which course is right for you?  Find out more about the NCCP Coaching Courses at BC Athletics or at Athletics Canada .


 

 



 

 

Summary of Completed NCCP Courses

 

Date Location Course
Sept 7th Victoria Run Jump Throw Wheel
June 20th, 2019  Burnaby  Harry Jerome Mentorship
May 24-27th, 2019 Kelowna  Sport Coach
May 24-28th, 2019 Kamloops Sport Coach + MED
May 17-19th, 2019  South Surrey  Club Coach 
May 10-12th, 2019 Prince George Club Coach
April 26-28th, 2019 Burnaby Sport Coach
April 19-22*, 2019  Richmond Performance Coach 
March 29-31, 2019 Nanaimo  Club Coach
March 14th, 2019 Burnaby + Online Seminar: Applications of Performance Testing 
March 1-3rd, 2019 Powell River Sport COach + MED
Feb 27 -28th, 2019 Victoria RunJumpThrowWheel
Oct 1-2, 2016 Victoria Club Coach (Para Techincal Only)
Sept 23-25, 2016 Vernon Sport Coach
Sept 23-25, 2016 South Surrey Club Coach (Endurance, Sprints & Hurdles)
Sept 24, 2016 South Surrey Multi-Sport Make Ethical Decisions
Sept 9-24, 2016 UBC Varsity Athlete Sport Coach
Sept 24, 2016 UBC 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 Descriptions

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

Which NCCP Course is Right for you?

  • NCCP Courses for all sports are now context based.
  • To find the one that most accurately reflects your current coaching context, refer to the table below
  • To sign up for a course, it is essential that you are currently coaching athletes in this context in order to successfully complete the assignments and the evaluation process.
  • Click here for a link to the Athletics Canada Site 

NCCP Courses are now Context Based…

Course:

Context:

Content:

SPORT COACH               (Intro to Competition)

  • Coaching is seasonal 4-10 weeks a year
  • 2-3 sessions per week
  • Introducing athletes to Athletics
  • Not just about participation, competitive element
  • Often coaching athletes in the Jr. High environment (ages 12-15)
  • Physical Literacy Skills
  • Exposure to All Events
  • Introduction to Competition – School, Regional, and Provincial
  • Planning a Practice 

 

CLUB COACH            (Intro to Competition)

  • Coaching is seasonal 12–24 weeks a year
  • 3-5 sessions a week
  • Athletes have a foundation in Athletics or come from multisport environment
  • Developing athletics skills in an event group
  • Often coaching athletes in the High School environment (ages 15-17)
  • Understanding Combined Events
  • Introduction to National Level Age Group Competition
  • Seasonal Planning

 

PERFORMANCE COACH      (Competition Development)

 

  • Coaching is year round 40+ weeks a year
  • 5-10 sessions a week
  • Athletes are competing at national level
  • Athletes are focused on one or two events within an event group
  • In order to complete the assignments and the evaluation process, coaches must be working with athletes at the Canada Games level or higher
  • Introduction to International Competition
  • Annual Plan and Periodization
  • Working with IST

 

NCI ADVANCED COACHING DIPLOMA   (High Performance)

 

  • Coaching is year round 40+ weeks a year
  • 5-10 sessions a week
  • Athletes are competing at national level or international level
  • Athletes are focused on one or two events within an event group
  • Courses are offered through the National Coaching Institute (NCI)
  • Coaches must be certified in the Competition Development context and have approval from Athletics Canada
  • Coaching Leadership
  • Coaching Effectiveness
  • Performance Planning
  • Training and Competition Readiness

 

How Much do the NCCP Courses Cost?

Coaching Certification in Canada for Athletics is relatively inexpensive compared to courses in Australia, Europe, and the USA.  The addition of the Evaluation Process to reach Certification has in many cases doubled the cost of becoming certified; however, it will allow coaches in all sports to maintain their professional designation.  

 

 

 

Certification Explained

 

Every Coach needs to be Trained.  

When you take a NCCP Coaching Course (in any sport) you are given a "Trained" status.  This trained status (for all sports) is stored in the Coaching Association of Canada's Database called "The Locker" and will provide you with your official NCCP Coaching Transcript.

This may be all the Coaching Education that you are looking for - just the training.  The costly evaluation process is new - and maybe not for everyone.  Check out our Professional Development tab for more Coaching Education Opportunities.

Those who should think about certification might include:

  • Coaches who coach as a full-time job
  • Coaches who coach 40+ weeks a year
  • Each club or group may want to have at least 1 certified coach on site at all times
  • Coaches wishing to be Provincial or National Team Coaches
  • Coaches wishing to be Learning Facilitators, Mentors, and/or Presenters

 

Training + Evaluation = Certification

When you take a NCCP Coaching Course you are given a "Trained" status.  In order to be a Certified Coach, you must then complete a formal evaluation process.

Why Become Certified?  

Certification Ensures Professional Standards.  Coaching is a profession (designated by Coaches of Canada) that touches every community across Canada.

The Coaching Association of Canada and its partners, recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

Full Criteria for Certification:

Below are the charts used during the evaluation process (the marking criteria) for each of the different coaching contexts.  These may be useful when deciding if evaluation is right for you, or which context best matches your current coaching situation.

While you are completing your evaluation, these charts can be used as a double check or self-evaluation before uploading your files.  That way you will ensure you have all the required information prior to starting the evaluation process.

Please remember, the evaluation process is meant to be a shared learning experience and not a pass/fail one-time interaction.  Coaches who use this opportunity to work with experienced coaches and share ideas with others often gain incredibly valuable and practical knowledge through this process.  The evaluator is not judging you or your coaching techniques, they are simply ensuring you are safe, ethical, and meet the standards set by either Athletics Canada or the Coaches Association of Canada.

 

Steps to Becoming Certified:

It's not just enough to take a course. As in any profession, Canadian coaches must also show their competency through an evaluation of their coaching tools, practices, and competitions.  To become a Certified Coach in Athletics you need to:

  1. Register with the Coaching Association of Canada 

  1. First NCCP Course?  - Register here: https://thelocker.coach.ca/Account/Register  
  1. Look up your NCCP # here: https://nccp.coach.ca/Account/Login 
  1. Register as a Coach with Athletics Canada on their NCCP Website. 

  • Click "Register Now" link at http://nccp.athletics.ca/ 
  • This website is also where you will upload your information for the evaluation process and register for any professional development opportunities.
  1. Find the NCCP Course that matches your Coaching Context.  

  • Coaching is now Context Based in Canada.  
  • There are 4 options of NCCP Courses for Athletics - Sport Coach, Club Coach, Performance Coach, and Advanced Coaching Diploma
  • Click on the NCCP Courses Explained Tab to find out the best course for you!
  1. Register Online and Take an NCCP Course. 

  1. Register Online for an Evaluation. 

  • Ensure you are registered as a Coach on Athletics Canada's NCCP site at http://nccp.athletics.ca/ 
  • Email Jennifer Brown at BC Athletics to request an evaluation - this system is not linked to the locker so Jennifer must manually check off that you took the corresponding NCCP course.
  • Click on Register to register online.  You will need a credit card for payment.
  • For Sport Coach you will need to do an Evaluation Portfolio and a Practice Observation.
  • For Club Coach and Performance Coach you will need to do an Evaluation Portfolio, Practice Observation – General, Technical, and Video analysis, and Competition Observation
  1. Complete any Additional Requirements.   

  • All coaches in all sports must also take one additional Multi-Sport Module from the Coaching Association of Canada
    • Make Ethical Decisions – Competition Introduction (Course – 3 hrs, Online Evaluation - 30-40min)
  • To register from MED, click on the eLearning link in your CAC profile and double check you are registering for the Competition Introduction course and/or Evaluation. If the Online Evaluation is listed as "Available" you may be able to go straight to the evaluation.
  • Coaches taking Performance Coach (Comp Dev) will need to take Make Ethical Decisions - Competition Development plus Coaching and Leading Effectively, Psychology of Performance, Managing Conflict and the online evaluation, and Leading Drug Free Sport and its online evaluation.  

 

Maintenance of Certification (PD Points):    

  • The Coaching Association of Canada has mandated a Maintenance of Certification program for all sports starting January 1st, 2014. 
  • This applies to all coaches who are certified in Run Jump Throw, Sport Coach, Club Coach, and Performance Coach (Comp Dev)
  • If you are certified in Level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 you will not be required to complete professional development to maintain your certification until 2015.
  • Maintenance of certification, through proof of ongoing learning (Professional Development) and active coaching is viewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP.
  • Find out more about PD points at:

The Cost of Certification:

Coaching Certification in Canada for Athletics is relatively inexpensive compared to courses in Australia, Europe, and the USA.  The addition of the Evaluation Process to reach Certification has in many cases doubled the cost of taking becoming certified, however it will allow coaches in all sports to maintain their professional designation.  

 

 

Minimum Standards for Coach Membership

   

Actually, please read the info below, then email Jen if you still have questions!  jennifer.brown@bcathletics.org

 

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:

http://www.bcathletics.org/admin/js/elfinder/files/Coaching/InitialEmailFromBrianGregAug2016.pdf 

 


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

http://www.bcathletics.org/admin/js/elfinder/files/Coaching/FAQFlyer.pdf

 


3 Simple Steps to Becoming Trained:

http://www.bcathletics.org/admin/js/elfinder/files/Coaching/3StepsFlyer.pdf

 


 

Graphic Explanation of Athletic Canada's NCCP Coaching Pathway:

http://www.bcathletics.org/admin/js/elfinder/files/Coaching/AthleticsCoachingPathwaySportCoachClubCoach.pdf

 


 

Professional Development

New Options for Coaching Education!!

Wanting to sharpen your coaching skills without taking a full 18 hour course?  We now have options for you!

  • Take just one or two parts of an upcoming course
  • Request a Pro-D activity for your club or school
  • Attend upcoming Workshops and conferences
  • Take part in upcoming Educational Series and Mentorship Opportunities

 

UPDATE: How to preview your professional development points

On January 1, 2014 the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) launched the Maintenance of Certification program, which requires certified coaches to obtain Professional Development (PD) points.

Coaches can now use the Maintenance of Certification webpage to login to the Locker and view an updated transcript with the number of professional development points needed, and the amount of time left to earn them. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching.

Learn more by visiting CAC's Maintenance of Certification webpage and make sure you are on the right track!

Maintenance of Certification (PD Points):    

  • The Coaching Association of Canada has mandated a Maintenance of Certification program for all sports starting January 1st, 2014. 
  • This applies to all coaches who are certified in Run Jump Throw, Sport Coach, Club Coach, and Performance Coach (Comp Dev)
  • If you are certified in Level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 you will not be required to complete professional development to maintain your certification until 2015.
  • Maintenance of certification, through proof of ongoing learning (Professional Development) and active coaching is viewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP.

 

Minimum Professional Development Credits Required:

Course (Context):

Within a 5 year renewal period:

(starting January 1st, 2014)

Run, Jump, Throw (Community)

10 points

Sport Coach (Intro to Comp)

20 points

Club Coach (Intro to Comp)

20 points

Performance Coach (Comp Dev)

30 points

 

PD Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I accumulate Professional Development (PD) points?
There are many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by the CAC, Athletics Canada, and BC Athletics will advertise the number of PD points associated with the event. 

In General:

  • NCCP training or evaluation events are worth 5 points;
  • Non-NCCP events are worth 1 point for each hour they last, up to a maximum of 3 points;
  • “Active coaching” will give you 1 point per year;
  • Through “Self-directed learning” you can earn a maximum of 3 points per five-year PD cycle.

 

What will I have to do to ensure that my PD points are recorded on my transcript?
Simply indicate to the organizer of the event that you wish to receive PD points for attending. The organization that is coordinating or hosting the event or activity is responsible for entering into The Locker the names of participating coaches. You will automatically receive the PD points assigned to that event.

 

How can I check how many PD points I have? 
Your PD points will appear on your transcript as long as your profile information (name, CC#, etc.) has been recorded correctly with the organizer of the event, and your profile is up-to-date on www.coach.ca. You can check your profile and points by logging into coach.ca and using your CC# to check your transcript. Remember that PD points will only appear on your transcript after the data has been entered in the Locker.

 

What if I don't collect enough PD points? 
If a coach does not collect the required number of points in the 5 year period, their status will be changed to trained.  Once the required number of points are acquired, the coach will return to certified status.

 

Is there any limit on the number of PD points I can accumulate?
No. You only need to earn the required number of points to maintain certification; however, you can accumulate as many PD points as you want. Please note that you cannot carry forward any points into the next cycle. Once the five year cycle ends (or any lesser period depending on your sport), PD points are re-set to 0.

 

Find Out More about Maintenance of Certification and PD Points:

Grants and Bursaries

ViaSport Grants and Links to Other Grants  

 


Bob Bearpark Coaching Bursary Awards

  • Each coach must apply themselves,
  • Up to $250 for coach education (courses, training and/or certification) per coach
  • The deadline is usually August and March each year
  • For Coach Education (especially for Female Coaches, Aboriginal Coaches, Coaches of Athletes with a Disability, and High Performance Coaches)
  • http://www.viasport.ca/grant/bob-bearpark-coaching-bursary-awards

 


Kamloops - Summer Games Legacy Fund 


 

Zones 7 & 8 - ViaSport Northern Coaching & Officiating Grants

 


Annual National Coaching Conference Grants

  • BC Athletics provides grants to help with registration fees so coaches can attend a National Coaching Conference
  • BC Athletics also provides grants to help with travel costs so coaches can attend a National Coaching Conference
  • Details available as soon as a National Conference is announced

 


Grants Awarded by BC Athletics in 2016:

Para-Throws Infrastructure Bursary  

  • Through a grant from Athletics Canada, BCA is leaving a legacy of para-throws equipment at track and field facilities that host a Para-Throws coaching course
  • About $1500 value each
  • 6 Grants awarded to Kajak's Track and Field Club, Kamloops Track and Field Club, Nanaimo District Track and Field Club, Ocean Athletics, Valley Royals, and Victoria Track and Field Club.

 

2015 CACC National Endurance Conference - Coaching Education Grants