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National Coaching Certification Program

What is the NCCP?

Being a coach takes passion and dedication. Being a great coach, however, often requires additional guidance and support. The National Coaching Certification Program was developed by the  Coaching Association of Canada and its partners to give coaches that extra advantage. The program targets 67 different sports, in both official languages, and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada.

NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time community coach to the head coach of a national team. Each year, more than 50,000 coaches take an NCCP workshop. Since the program began, more than 1 million coaches have participated, making it one of the largest adult education programs in Canada.

The NCCP is comprised 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. As part of the program, all coaches (regardless of sport or context) are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety.

To view a narrated presentation about the new NCCP model, click here.

To download a PDF illustrating the new NCCP model, click here.

NCCP in Judo

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Judo is the result of a partnership between Judo Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada.  This program enables participants to learn both in a classroom setting and on the mat what it means to be a coach/instructor in judo.  The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coaching in Canada. 

You will find more information about the National Coaching Certification Program(NCCP) Policy here:


The Competition Development Coach  NCCP technical course is now delivered by Judo Canada to eligible and interested candidates.  A summary overview of this course is available here: OVERVIEW-TRAINING-EVALUATION-CompDev_EN[1]_1page

Professional Development (PD)  – As of January 2014 a registry of the Professional Development activities will be offered via the CAC Locker Database.  Courses that are qualified as PD activities will be registered in the Database and automatically update coaches profiles.  It becomes a duty of certified NCCP facilitators to enter the data in the system.  It is the responsibility of Provincial/Territorial judo associations to publish a list of available activities.  The general information on what qualifies as PD activity, you find in Judo Canada’s NCCP policy on page 16. 

As of January 1st, 2014,  all coaches who are currently certified in the CAC Database (regardless of whether the certification is in the OLD NCCP (level 1 through 3) or the new NCCP – Assistant; Instructor and Competition Development Coach),   will have 5 (five) years to accumulate the minimum required number of points to have their certification standards automatically renewed for a further 5 years.   Please visit page 15 of the NCCP policy to determine the number of points you need to accumulate to have your certification renewed automatically.  The renewal will take place automatically on the fifth anniversary of the start day.  

To learn more about Maintenance of Certification, visit: Maintenance of Certification webpage on linking to all pertinent information including FAQs

 Judo Canada’s Nutrition On-Line  Module 

at this time, all members of Judo Canada are welcomed to use this tool  free of charge.  This module is based on the generic NCCP nutrition manuals, however it has been enhanced with information specific to judo that should be used by coaches, athletes and parents.  Judo Nutrition