Coaching: National Coaching Certification Program

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National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Launched in 1970, the NCCP is a partnership between the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and more than 60 national sport organizations and their provincial and territorial sport associations. As Canada’s recognized training and certification program, the NCCP serves a wide range of coaches – from those who introduce beginners to sport to those working with high performance athletes.

In response to an extensive evaluation, the program has been going through a major re-development since the late 1990s. Key to these changes is a shift in emphasis from “what a coach knows” to “what a coach can do.” In the new, competency-based system, training and certification programs are based on the clearly defined needs of participants. This new structure addresses the full range of sports in Canada at various levels of skill and in a variety of settings.

Registration for NCCP Courses

·  All persons registering in NCCP courses are associate members or coaching members of Skate Canada.

·  Any member of Skate Canada may audit a NCCP course provided availability but will not receive credit for the course.

·  Skate Canada coaches may enroll in the NCCP Intermediate STARSkate Provincial Coach (ISPC) program upon successful completion of the NCCP Instruction-Beginner CanSkate (Phase 1) and NCCP Instruction-Intermediate Primary STARSkate training. (Phases 2 and 3)

·  Skate Canada coaches may register in a NCCP Level 3 technical course upon successful completion of the NCCP ISPC technical training (Sport Science, Stroking & Skating Skills, Singles, Dance and Pairs & Synchronized Skating).

·  Any Skate Canada NCCP Level 2/ISPC certified coach may register in a NCCP Level 3 technical course in the discipline of their choice (i.e. a Level 2/ISPC singles certified coach can take a Level 3 dance course).

·  Any Skate Canada NCCP Level 2/ISPC certified coach who has completed the NCCP Level 3 technical and NCCP Level 3 theory courses may register in a NCCP Level 4/5 course.

·  All coaches who register for a NCCP Level 4 task will be required to register into the NCCP Level 4/5 program and pay a one time administrative fee of $50.00.

Coaches must meet the minimum criteria (pre-requisites) before acceptance and participation in a NCCP course. Please refer to the NCCP training and certification requirements below for any specific training prerequisites.

The New NCCP Model

The new NCCP model is made up of three streams and a total of eight contexts, each with its own coaching requirements. Each sport is responsible for identifying how many of the eight contexts are relevant to their sport. Skate Canada has identified two coaching streams: instructional and competitive and three coaching contexts within each stream, as shown in the table below. To find out more about the coach training programs, click on the coaching context of interest in the model.

NCCP Model

Instruction Stream

Coaches in the Instruction stream must have sport-specific skills and training, whether coaching at the beginner or advanced skill levels. All are former participants in the sport.

Instruction – Beginner: teaching participants of all ages, basic learn-to-skate skills in a fun and safe environment (CanSkate, CanPowerSkate). more »

Instruction – Intermediate: teaching participants who already have some experience and proficiency in the sport to refine basic skills and introduced to more complex techniques in figure skating and preparing athletes for interclub and invitational competitions (STARSkate Preliminary - Junior Silver level). more »

Instruction – Advanced: teaching participants who are experienced and proficient to refine advanced skills and techniques and prepare athletes for invitational and interclub competitions up to the National STARSkate Championship level (STARSkate Senior Silver - Gold level). more »

Competition Stream

Coaches in the Competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions.

Competition – Introduction: athletes are taught figure skating skills and are prepared for competitions at the sectional/provincial level (Juvenile Competitive level). more »

Competition – Development: developing athletes are coached to refine basic skills, develop more advanced skills and tactics and are prepared for performance at qualifying and national level competitions (Pre-Novice - Senior competitive level). more »

Competition – High Performance: athletes are coached to refine advanced skills and tactics and are prepared for performance at international/world/Olympic level competitions (Elite Junior - Senior competitive level). more »

Training and Certification

A coach is described as:

·  In Training – when a coach has completed some of the required training for a context;

·  Trained – when a coach has completed all required training for a context;

·  Certified – when a coach has completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

The new NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context as defined by the sport. To be certified in a coaching context, coaches are evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.

Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.

To check your certification status, please visit the Coaching Association of Canada website at

To find out more information on getting started on the technical coaching courses contact the Skate Canada Section in your province for details of NCCP courses being offered.

For more information regarding the Introduction to Competition Multi-sport Module courses or the Level 3 theory courses, please contact the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Coordinators.


Chantelle Reinkens
Tel 604.333.3600
Fax 604.333.3450
Marco Berthelot
Tel 514.252.3114 ext. 3493
Fax 514.254.9621
Vern Haggard
Tel 867.667.5606
Fax 867.393.6416
Susan Jackson
Tel 780.422.8294
Fax 780.427.5140
Chris Gosse
Tel 506.444.3888
Fax 506.459.0481
Kyle Seeley
Tel 867.793.3306
Fax 867.793.3321
Mark Bracken
Tel 306.780.9313
Fax 306.781.6021
Liz Pace
Tel 902.424.3913
Fax 902.424.0663
Rita Bertolini
Tel 867.669.8333
Tel 1.800.661.0797
Fax 867.920.4047
Sheldon Reynolds
Tel 204.925.5913
Fax 204.925.5916
Jo-anne Wallace
Tel 902.859.8861
Fax 902.959.8709
Jeremy Cross
Tel 416.426.7056
Fax 416.426.7254
Clayton Welsh
Tel 709.832.2002
Fax 709.832.2053

For more information regarding the Technical courses please contact the Section Course Calendar.


British Columbia / Yukon Western Ontario Nova Scotia

Amy Slaght
BC/YT Section Office
#2 - 6501 Sprott Street
Burnaby, BC  V5B 3B8
604.205.6962 (F)

Mary LaPier
WO Section Office
237 Consortium Court
London, ON  N6E 2S8
(519) 686-0431 x 22
(519) 686-0593 (F)

Jill Knowles
NS Section Office
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS  B3J 1G6
902.425.5454 ext. 336
902.425.5606 (F)

Alberta / NWT / Nunavut Central Ontario Prince Edward Island

Lisa Bonderove
AB-NWT/Nunavut Section Office
11759 Groat Road
Edmonton, AB  T5M 3K6
866-746-4981 (F)

Stephanie Klein
CO Section Office
111 Snidercroft Road, Unit A
Concord, ON  L4K 2J8
905.760.9100 x 222
905.760.9104 (F)
1.877.267.0081 (Toll free)

Mike Connolly
Sport PEI Inc.
P.O. Box 302
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7K7
902.368.4548 (F)

Saskatchewan Eastern Ontario Newfoundland / Labrador

Dale Hazell
SK Section Office
510 Cynthia Street
Saskatoon, SK  S7L 7K7
306.242.8007 (F)

Barbara Hough
EO Section Office
276 King St. W.
P.O. Box 2209
Prescott, ON  K0E 1T0
613.925.1314 (F)

Lori Brett
NL Section Office
Box 21029
St. John’s, NL  A1A 5B2
709.576.0549 (F)

Manitoba Quebec Northern Ontario

Megan Svistovski
MB Section Office
145 Pacific Ave
Winnipeg, MB  R3B 2Z6
204.925.5924 (F)

Diane Choquet
QC Section Office
4545 Pierre de Coubertin
P.O. Box 1000  Stn M
Montreal, QC  H1V 0B2
514.252.3073   ext. 3541
514.252.1780 (F)

Michelle Ross
NO Section Office
PO Box 130 Unit 3
6 Main St. S
Callander, ON  P0H 1H0
705.752.5977 (F)

New Brunswick    

Kim MacVey
NB Section Office
37 Passekeag Road
Passekeag, NB  E5N 7M8


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