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Interested in becoming an NCCP-certified hockey coach?


Hockey Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) will give you the confidence to guide, support and train your players on the ice.

Certified hockey coaches from Hockey Canada's NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program)

The NCCP program equips hockey coaches of all levels with the skills and knowledge of the game to work effectively with their developing athletes.

Whether you’re thinking about coaching your child’s hockey team or you’re already the head coach of a national hockey team, the NCCP has workshops and clinics to meet your needs. Within the Hockey Canada structure, the Community Coach Stream, Competition Introduction Stream, Competition Development Stream and Instructional Stream are delivered at the provincial level.

How much time does it take to become an NCCP-certified coach?

It depends on your level of training required. Individual workshops can be completed in a single evening, and some can be taken online at your convenience or via home-study. Hockey clinics are delivered through each provincial hockey branch. Clinic schedules can be obtained by contacting your local Hockey Canada Branch.

Where do I start? 

Read the hockey coach training descriptions below and decide which one best describes you and your coaching needs.

Community Sport
  • Coach 1 – Intro to Hockey Coach
  • Coach 2 – Coach Level


You may already coach at the community level or you’re thinking about coaching hockey players. You may be a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to the game of hockey.

Competition
  • Development 1
  • High Performance 1


At this level, you’re typically a hockey coach with previous experience or you may be a former athlete. Perhaps you already coach a hockey team at the regional or provincial level, and you tend to work with athletes long term to improve their performance.

Instruction
  • Instructional Stream


Instructors in this stream are required to have sport-specific skills and training, whether at the beginner or advanced skill level. Many are former hockey players themselves.

Learn about NCCP Levels & Requirements

Now that you have an idea of where you might fit into your NCCP hockey coach training, read more about the NCCP Levels & Requirements.

For more information on the National Coaching Certification Program for hockey coaches, visit our FAQ page.

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