Without the thousands of coaches who volunteer their time and step behind the bench every season, there would
be no hockey in Canada. So just how can you become a coach? How can you become certified? How can you work
with other coaches to become a better coach?
Hockey Canada’s National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a competency-based program. The program
enables coaches to build their coaching tools and knowledge of the game, so they can work effectively with
Hockey Canada developed the Initiation program to make children's first contact
with hockey a safe and positive experience. It's a structured, learn-to-play hockey program designed to
introduce beginners to the game's basic skills.
For Hockey Canada members wishing to become a certified coach, official
or team safety person, their first stop will be Hockey University. This
interactive online platform provides the information needed at your
The Long Term Player Development model sets out a vision for hockey in Canada that takes advantage of the
history and culture of the game to increase participation and to lay the foundations of international success
long into the future.
The purpose of this program is a result of direct action Hockey Canada and its
member branches have taken since the Coaching Association of Canada’s evaluation of the NCCP in 1995 and the
Molson Open Ice Summit on player development of 1999.