National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

NCCP

Hockey Canada’s National Coaching 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 their players. Within the Hockey Canada structure the Community Coach Stream, Competition Introduction Stream, Competition Development Stream and Instructional Stream are delivered at the provincial level. Clinic schedules can be obtained by contacting your local Hockey Canada Branch.


NCCP Instructional Stream – Skills Coach Certification Seminar

The primary purpose of the skills coach certification seminar is to provide an opportunity for high-performance skills coaches from across Canada to be exposed to the very best national and international skills and goaltending coaches and experts, and to achieve certification in the National Coach Certification Program (Instructional Stream) as a Hockey Canada skills coach

The second-annual seminar takes place at WinSport in Calgary, Alta., from July 9-14, 2017. It includes on-ice, off-ice and classroom activities and is open to skills coaches and goalie coaches who wish to become certified with Hockey Canada. 

Skills that are focused on include skating, puck-handling, shooting, scoring, developing defencemen, and goaltending. Presenters include representatives from the NHL, AHL, CHL and U Sports, and skills experts from across Canada.

This year there are two streams, in which a maximum of 20 skills coaches and 20 goaltending coaches will be accepted. Participation is based on an application process.

To receive the application and guideline forms please contact Corey McNabb, director of development programs with Hockey Canada, at cmcnabb@hockeycanada.ca.


Coaches enter into a ‘stream’ of coaching by taking part in clinics that are relative to the athletes that they are working with.

Certification Requirements in Canada

Policy 1: All Head Coaches, that coach teams in Peewee or above teams at competitive levels, as determined by the Branch, must be Development 1 “Certified” (other than those requiring High Performance 1).  It is recommended that all assistant coaches have Development 1 ‘”Trained” status.  This would take effect in the 2015 / 16 season.

Policy 2: All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget, Junior "A" teams that compete in Interprovincial or National Championships or the highest level as determined by the Member, must be High Performance 1 'certified'. It is recommended that all Assistant coaches be at minimum Development 1 "trained".

Community Coach Stream: Coach 1 - Intro to Coach and Coach 2 - Coach Level

All Coaches coaching Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget community sport streams require at a minimum Coach 2 – Coach Level Training

Provincial Branches and Member Partners may also require the completion of Coach 1 - Intro to Coach or the Coach 1-2 Hybrid clinic for Initiation level coaches that are coaching players age 5 and 6.  

For Hockey Canada members wishing to become a certified coach, official or team safety person, their first stop will be Hockey University. This engaging, interactive online platform provides the baseline of information needed, and it’s all done at your convenience wherever you access the internet. To learn more about Hockey University, click here.

Competition Introduction Stream: Development 1

All Head Coaches, that coach teams in Peewee or above teams at competitive levels, as determined by the Branch, must be Development 1 “Certified” (other than those requiring High Performance 1).  It is recommended that all assistant coaches have Development 1 ‘”Trained” status.  This would take effect in the 2015 / 16 season.

Development 2 is not an approved certification clinic with the National Coach Certification Program. It is however considered to be professional development, which can offer you credits/points towards your certification maintenance.

Competition Development Stream: High Performance 1

All Head Coaches coaching Bantam, Midget, Junior A teams that compete in Interprovincial or National Championships or the highest level as determined by the Branch, must be High Performance 1 "Certified". It is recommended that all Assistant coaches be at minimum Development 1 "Trained". This would take effect starting in the 2015/16 season and 2016/17 for Junior 'A'.

High Performance 2 is not an approved certification clinic with the National Coach Certification Program. It is however considered to be professional development, which can offer you credits/points towards your certification maintenance.

Instructional Stream

The Instructional Stream is a series of clinics that assists coaches and players to develop the skills required to play the game of Hockey. These clinics are composed of in-class and on ice sessions and are facilitated by Instructors trained by Hockey Canada. Coaches’ clinics are offered on five different topics: skating, checking skills, goaltending, developing defenceman, and skills. The focus of these clinics is to assist the coach in developing the knowledge and skills to teach and develop age appropriate skills (based upon Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development model).

Certification Maintenance

The certification maintenance requirements began in January of 2014, in which a coach has 5 years to obtain a certain number of credits in order to maintain certification. Certification maintenance is only applicable for Hockey Canada Development 1 and HP1 once you gain certification status.

4.2. Policy Statement
4.2.1. Certification within the NCCP shall be valid for a maximum period of 5 years.
4.2.2. The concept of “life-span of NCCP certification” shall apply to coaches who:

  1. Are already certified according to the standards of the Levels-NCCP.
  2. Are certified according to the standards of the Levels-NCCP while it is still in effect.
  3. Are certified according to the standards of an NCCP context’s core certification and gradations.

4.2.3. Maintenance of certification must be based on active coaching and Professional Development.

5.2. Policy Statement
5.2.1. Professional Development is required for coaches to renew “Certified” status in any context or gradation.
5.2.2. Professional Development requirements must be completed by the end of the period for which the certification is valid.
5.2.3. A National Sport Organization has the option to require coaches to complete Professional Development to renew “Trained” status.
5.2.4. Coaches are required to obtain a minimum number of Professional Development credits, dependent upon the context in which they are certified, and the NSO-determined period within which they must renew their certification.

Please refer to the NCCP Downloads Page to obtain a copy of the Hockey Canada and Coaching Association of Canada’s certification maintenance document, which will include development credit requirements and a list of courses that are currently approved by Hockey Canada and CAC.  For more information on CAC’s Certification Maintenance please go to: NCCP Policy and Implementation Standards (PDF)

Check NCCP Number

If you have taken a coaching clinic you have been registered on the national database that is updated and administrated by the Coaching Association of Canada. Upon registration you are given a unique number that you should use when registering for clinics or applying for coaching positions. Click here to check your status.

Unsure about your NCCP?
Click here for a ‘how to guide’ on checking your NCCP Certification through the LOCKER/NCCP Database.

Register for a Clinic

Within the Hockey Canada structure the Coach Stream, Development Stream and High Performance Stream are delivered at the provincial level. To register for a clinic, click here and select your branch. For any other coaching inquiries please contact Mike Bara, Manager Coaching Development.