The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program offered across Canada. The NCCP is the recognised national standard for coach training and certification in Canada. As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision making and sport safety
Since 1997, the emphasis of the NCCP has been on developing competent coaches - an exciting step towards helping them to become more effective and have a more meaningful impact on an athlete’s experience.
In response to an extensive evaluation, the Coaching Association of Canada has adapted the NCCP to fit today’s coaching environment. The program has undergone a number of changes in recent years. In response to an extensive evaluation, there has been a shift in emphasis from “what a coach knows” to “what a coach can do”. This transformation to a competency/outcomes-based approach has been a key factor in the re-development of the program.
The 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.
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
For complete information on the National Coaching Certification Program click here
NCCP and Ontario Fencing
For some frequently asked questions, and to see our Coaching Development Model, please see here
Fencing has been designated the following coaching contexts:
Community Stream ( introduction to fencing)
1. Community Instructor / Animateur 2. Community Ongoing Practice
Instructional Stream (developing a strong technical base for new fencers)
1. Aide Moniteur
Competition Stream (deals with the needs of athletes as they progress through different levels of competition and development)
1. Competition Introduction
2. Competition Development
3. Competition High Performance
Of these contexts, only Aide Moniteur is fully developed. Animateur is in progress. In Ontario we offer a Community Instructor Certificate as a provincial level coaching certification. This will be replaced by the NCCP Animateur certification once it is released.