To become a coach or develop coaching skills, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for more than 60 different sports. The NCCP program has undergone revamping in the past years and is now made up of three streams and a total of eight contexts, each with its own coaching requirements. Each sport is responsible for identifying how many of the eight contexts are relevant to their sport.

Community Sport Stream

  • Initiation
  • Ongoing Participation

Competition Stream

  • Introduction (Part A & B)
  • Development
  • High Performance

Instruction Stream

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate Performers
  • Advanced Performers

Training in Competition Stream

Part A

  • Make Ethical Decisions
  • Planning a Practice
  • Nutrition

Part B

  • Design a Basic Sport Program
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Basic Mental Skills  

Contact your Provincial Sport Organization to confirm the course and paths you may require, click here to find contact information.

Minimum age in Alberta for a multi-sport module is 16 years old.

The cost for either Competition - Introduction Part A or Part B is approximately $100.00 for the 13 hour course.

NCCP Courses for Winter, Spring and Summer 2016 are now available online.

Fact Sheets:

Also availabe from The Coaching Association of Canada are many resources to help coaches better understand the NCCP. Visit the website at or for further information on the NCCP transition refer to the following documents: