Hockey Canada Coaching

Becoming a Hockey Coach


Q: What training do I need to become a hockey coach?

A: For Minor Hockey Male and Female: All hockey coaches must obtain the appropriate coaching level as defined by the NCCP regulations, by the deadline set by the member branch. These dates vary from province to province, so please check with your Member Branch.

The course you require to become “Trained” and/or “Certified” depends on the level you are or will be coaching. Each stream of training is designed to cover pertinent learning and skills content appropriate for that level of athlete.

Please visit our Levels and Requirements page to determine what coaching clinic you will need to attend.

Individuals that need Coach 1 (Intro to Coach) or Coach 2 (Coach Level) must complete the online coach modules delivered through Hockey University (HU), and then fully attend and participate at an in-person coach clinic to achieve “Trained” status.

There are three steps to becoming a “Trained” coach:

STEP 1: Log in to e-hockey
STEP 2: Find your Member Branch in e-hockey, select a clinic from the list and register
STEP 3: Attend an in-person clinic

Q: What is the minimum age for coaching hockey?

A: The NCCP Policy on Minimum Age states that:

  • Persons younger than 16, and older than 14, may enroll in and complete NCCP or NCCP qualifying education opportunities; where:
    • The CAC has approved an NSO’s application that specifies that the NSO:
      • Plans to offer NCCP or NCCP qualifying development opportunities to persons younger than 16 years of age;
      • Agrees to provide these opportunities within the framework of the NCCP;
      • Agrees to submit and maintain the records on the NCCP Database
    • The provincial/territorial government or designated delivery agency authorizes enrolment in multi-sport modules.


Any person younger than 16 and older than 14 will be designated on the CAC Database with an underage status indicator.

Q: Help. I can’t find the clinic I want to sign up for.

A: If a clinic is not listed in your area, contact your Member Branch directly. 

Q: I have never used e-hockey before, and do not have an account. What do I do?

A: E-hockey is the public’s access to view what Hockey Canada and your Member Branch has on file for coaches, players, officials and safety personnel. You can login or create a new account by accessing the e-hockey webpage.

Q: Do I need to start at Coach 1 and work my way up?

A: No. Coaches can take the course that they are required to have for the level they are coaching. For example, a coach can register for a High Performance 1 Course without having completed any other courses. Each stream of training is designed to cover pertinent learning and skills content appropriate for the level of athlete which you’ll be coaching.

For more information on certification pathways please visit our Levels and Requirements page.

Q: I took a coaching course a while back. Why is it not showing on my e-hockey file?

A: Please contact your Member Branch.  You will need to provide them with as much information as possible.  They will look in to your coaching records/profile for you.

Information you will need:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Approximate date of clinic
  • Coach Card
  • Clinic type (Development 1, Coach Level, etc.)
  • Any other coaches or the clinic instructor who were there
  • Location of the course


Q: Do I have to be 'Certified'?

A: Certification is not required at all levels.  Hockey Canada’s minimum standards can be found on our Levels and Requirements page. Be sure to check with your Member Branch as well. They may have further requirements for coaches within your province. 

Q: How do I get certified in coaching with Hockey Canada?

A: All available levels of certification with Hockey Canada require, at a minimum, an evaluation of a written assignment and an online Multi-Sport evaluation through our partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada. Development 1, High Performance 1 and High Performance 2 also require a coach to complete field evaluations. For more information on certification pathways, please visit our Levels and Requirements page.  

Q: Can I get certified at all levels in Hockey Canada’s coaching programs?

A: Within Hockey Canada’s coaching programs a coach can certify in Coach 2 – Coach Level, Development 1, High Performance 1 and High Performance 2. For more information on certification pathways, please visit our Levels and Requirements page.  

Q: How long does it take to get certified?

A: Levels that require a coach to complete Field Evaluations can take much longer than those that only require an evaluation of a Written Assignment. Certification can take anywhere from a month up to two full hockey seasons.  For more information on certification pathways, please visit our Levels and Requirements page.  

Q: Would my hockey education or certification from another country have any equivalency to Hockey Canada’s programs or requirements?

A: There are no equivalencies offered. Coaches need to complete Hockey Canada’s courses to coach in Canada. For more information on certification pathways, please visit our Levels and Requirements page. 

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