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Coaching in Ontario

In the last twenty-five years, coaching in Canada has been developed jointly by the federal and provincial government s through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). This program is a coaching education program developed and delivered through a partnership of the federal, provincial and territorial governments, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the National Sport Organizations (NSOs). To date, over 1 million coaches have participated Canada-wide (and approximately 35% or over 300,000 of those coaches are from Ontario).

Coaching Development

Coaching development programs support the development of coaches as leaders in sport education. The objectives of the programs are:

  • To promote and develop coaching excellence in Ontario.
  • To provide coaches at all levels with a standardized system for improving their knowledge and skills in the theory, techniques and practice of coaching.
  • To increase the number of qualified coaches to work toward the goal of every athlete in Ontario benefiting from a trained coach.

Program Description

I. National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a community-based educational program aimed at upgrading the quality of coaching in Canada.

Over 300,000 Ontario residents (41% female) are registered on the NCCP database. Over 90% of these coaches are volunteers and more than 65% are coaching a local community or club team with athletes under 18 years of age.

The NCCP is delivered in Ontario on behalf of MHP by the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO). 

II. NCCP Transition to Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) System

The NCCP has moved from an education based coaching system to competency-based system. The five coaching levels will be replaced with Three Coaching Streams – Instructor (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), Competition (Introduction, development and High Performance), and Community Sport (Initiation and Ongoing Participation) and within each of these are Coaching Contexts. The Introduction to Competition was implemented on April 1, 2004.

The Development Competition is the next context to be developed.

Introduction to Competition context modules:

Part A modules: (Setting the Scene, Ethical Coaching, Planning a Practice, and Nutrition) – 13 hours.

Part B modules: (Basic Sport Program, Teach and Learning, Mental Skills) – 13 hours.

The launch of six NCCP Competition Development Multi-Sport Modules – which is scheduled to replace Level 3 Theory as of April 1, 2009. The program is broken down into six workshops on the following topics: Leading Drug-free Sport, Managing Conflict, Coaching and Leading Effectively, Psychology of Performance, Developing Athletic Abilities and Prevention and Recovery of Injury.

In Ontario over 5,000 coaches a year take the multi-sport courses through a variety of host agencies like community recreation departments, universities and colleges. The Technical and Practical aspects of coaching are offered through Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs).

For more information on the NCCP, please contact the Coaches Association of Ontario at www.coachesontario.ca or 416-426-7086.

III. Coaching Certification Standards

The Ministry works with Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) to maintain and develop of coaches through all levels of the NCCP. In addition, results are measured against a recognized set of standards, which in the case of coaches, is the NCCP.

Faye Blackwood
Sport and Recreation Branch
Phone: 416-314-3785
E-mail: faye.blackwood@ontario.ca

For NCCP course information:
Coaches Association of Ontario
Phone: 416-426-7086
E-Mail: admin@coachesontario.ca