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National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) FAQ

Q: What is the NCCP?

A: The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was launched in 1974 to give coaches the confidence to succeed. The program has constantly evolved over the years to stay at the forefront of delivering programs that respect the principles and science of Long-Term Athlete Development while also reflecting the changes within sports - from the science of training, to competition strategy and tactics, to the athletes themselves.

Q: I took NCCP courses while I was coaching another sport. Are these transferable to hockey?

A: Yes. NCCP courses are global to your profile with the Coaching Association of Canada. Most certifications require coaches to take Sport Specific training as well as Multi-Sport training. Once you have completed the Multi-Sport training and evaluation you can apply those modules toward certification in any sport. 

Please visit our NCCP Levels and Requirements page for more certification pathway information.

Q: What is The Locker?

A: "The Locker" is an online database of Canadian coaches developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The Locker supports the efforts of Canadian hockey coaches undergoing training and/or certification education by allowing them to track their progress and guide their development.

Certification Maintenance and Professional Development (PD) points are tracked on the Coach’s Transcript in ‘The Locker’ and will update the Hockey Canada Registry (HCR) Profile when ‘Certified’ status is renewed.

Hockey coaches are provided with an NCCP# and a username/password for your Locker account following your first clinic. Once you have an account, you can access your profile to view/update personal information, and find coaching records and printable transcripts. If for some reason, you do not receive a confirmation email, or you need to request a NCCP#, please send an email to [email protected] and include the following information: name, address, date of birth, and possible time frame of the NCCP training/workshop, if applicable. 

For direction on how to access ‘The Locker’, download "How to Log In to The Locker (pdf).

Q: Why do coaches need to access their Locker profile?

A: The Locker tracks a coach’s participation in a hockey event as well as their final status, IE, Trained or Certified. The Locker tracks all requirements that a coach needs for certification and allows the coach to see what elements need to be completed for certification. Examples:

Q: Why do I need to maintain my certification?

A: The Coaching Association of Canada and Hockey Canada recognize the value of having certified coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs that reinforce the values of lifelong learning. Professional Development ensures that a coach’s competency, knowledge and skills are up to date which can provide athletes with the best experience possible.

In order for coaches to maintain their certified status, they are required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including (but not limited to): national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, judging, facilitating courses, working on a committee, and active coaching.

For more information about maintaining your certification, visit: where you’ll find PD opportunities, how to read your PD requirements in The Locker, and an indepth FAQ section.

2006 Coaches - July 6-9
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