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.

Certification in the current NCCP

NEW: If your certification in the current NCCP system was transferred from the old Levels system, and you have never completed the MED online evaluation, you may renew your certification in one step – take the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation. When you complete the module with a 75% grade or higher, you will re-certify and your maintenance cycle will restart. For example: If you were certified Level 2 Certified NCCP coach and your certification was transferred to the current system in May 2015, your maintenance cycle would be January 1st 2016 – January 1st 2021. If you have never completed the MED online evaluation it should be completed it before January 1st 2021. Once you do so, your maintenance cycle will restart. If you were to complete the MED online evaluation in November 2018 – your cycle restart as of January 1st 2019 and will end January 1st 2024.

Where do you find your certification status?

In the Locker in your profile, on the certification tab you will see:

HOW TO EARN PD points?

All the PD activities must be recorded in the Locker.

  • Self directed activities must be recorded by each coach in their own Locker profile page where the “self-report” button is available in the certification tab. See the screen capture above; there are two options to self-declare self-directed coaching activity:
  1. Active coaching can be claimed as a maximum of 1 point per year for a maximum of 5 points per one re-certification period.  Points must be claimed in the LOCKER one at the time during the current year of coaching – I.e.  point for 2018 must be claimed between January 1 2018 and December 31, 2018.
  2. Self-directed learning can be claimed as a maximum of 3 points per cycle, and can be claimed in one entry, based on the length of the activity, or multiple entries, adding up to 3 points. The guidelines are 1 point per hour of learning.
  • Any Nationally or Provincially/Territorially sanctioned PD activity (coaching clinic – for example, seminars for coaches delivered by invited experts, instructor clinic such as kata seminars), will be recorded in the Locker by Judo Canada. These activities must be approved for the PD points by Judo Canada in advance of such activity being conducted. No retroactive approval will be granted.
  • Any PD organized by the CAC qualifies for PD points. For example, the Sport Leadership Sportif conference is automatically reported in the Locker and provides 5 PD points.
  • Any organized by Judo Canada NCCP activities are automatically recorded in the Locker and award PD points.

What if you do not have enough PD points on the date of certification expiry?

If coaches don’t meet the requirement for a “re-certification, their status in the Locker will show “not renewed”.  If such coach chooses to remain active, then they will have the following options to become “Certified” again:

  • Complete the MED online – only if that coach never did this in the past – HOWEVER,  every coach has to complete this module at least once in a lifetime.  Even if coach accumulates the required points but that coach did not complete this evaluation, the certified status will not be renewed.
  • Complete PD activities that will give points to be added to the points previously accumulated by the coach. Once the point threshold for a given certification is met, the certified status will be triggered, and a new 5 years period will be granted to the coach.

Challenge the evaluation for a given coaching context: Judo Canada course and evaluation fees will apply as per the NCCP policy – see page 31

The Competition Development Coach NCCP technical course is now delivered by Judo Canada to eligible and interested candidates. Click here for a summary overview of this course.

Professional Development (PD) – Since January 2014, a registry of the Professional Development activities is offered via the CAC Locker Database. Courses that are qualified as PD activities are 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 is available in Judo Canada’s NCCP Policy.

Since January 1, 2014, all coaches who are 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), 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 our 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 the Maintenance of Certification page on coach.ca linking to all pertinent information, including FAQ.

Judo Canada’s Nutrition Online 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.

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