Behind every athlete, there is a coach. Although some coaches were athletes first, all are community members who want to get involved in our sport and have a positive impact.
Coaches encourage their participants to excel. They guide them while training the leaders of tomorrow. As a coach, you encourage participants of all ages to be active, to challenge themselves and to have fun. In fact, teaching a sport offers tremendous benefits to both coaches and participants.
Become the best coach ever
What is the National Coaching Certification Program or NCCP?
The National Coaching Certification Program is the cornerstone of coaching education and the recognized national standard for coaching certification in Canada for 65 sports. This program gives coaches the training and tools to become competent and confident leaders in their chosen sport and ultimately impact the quality of their participants’ sport experience. All NCCP coaches are trained in ethical decision-making and participant safety in sport.
The success of fencing clubs is strongly linked to the quality of their coaches.
Coaches at national competitions
As of 2021, the Canadian Fencing Federation requires coaches wishing to access the competition area to have completed:
- the Sport Safety Training Module (https://safesport.coach.ca/)
- valid background check (available via sterlingbackcheck).
Why become an NCCP certified coach?
NCCP certification tells participants, parents, club leaders, funders and the general public that
- You have met or exceeded designated competency standards.
- You have been trained with current knowledge in sports science
- You have been trained and must behave ethically within the limits of the Universal Code of Conduct.
- You have received training that promotes the values of inclusion, safety, diversity and gender equity.
NCCP competition-development certification is required to coach a team at the Canada Games.
Become a Certified Coach in Canada
NCCP training is offered in three profiles. Each context is designed for a specific audience with training tailored to your needs and related to LTD. Each context allows you to train and then be evaluated to become a certified and recognized coach in Canada. Following the training, the coach can ask his provincial federation to be evaluated to become a certified coach.
Here are the 3 possible contexts or profiles:
- Community sport: see the specific path of this context
- Designed to help participants of all ages learn, participate and have fun. Participants in this profile usually play sports for their own enjoyment.
- Beginner instructor: see the specific path of this context
- NCCP profile where the main coach objectives are to teach sport-specific skills to participants of varying skill levels, and to interact with them in a primarily non-competitive situation.
- Introduction and development competition: see the specific path for this context
- Helps participants of all ages develop competitive skills in their sport over the long term. Former athletes and experienced regional coaches often work in this context.
For more information on multisport training, go to coach.ca to learn more about training and to register for the multisport training of your choice.
To begin your coaching journey, your first step will be to create an online account on the CAC website and take your first training sessions online or in person.
For help or more information, you can contact your NCCP representative in your provincial federation. If your federation does not have one, you can contact the CFF Coaches Committee
Evaluation in the NCCP is based on a systems approach to determining if coaches meet NCCP standards. This approach has three key elements:
- Results: tasks that coaches should be able to perform/demonstrate
- Criteria: the components of an outcome that will be assessed
- Evidence: what the Coach Evaluator must observe and measure to confirm that the candidate meets the NCCP standard for each criterion.
The General evaluation Guide (to be posted) provides a detailed explanation of the process for all contexts.
The evaluation guides specific to each coaching context are reviewed during fencing-specific workshops and also prior to the evaluation of a candidate. Contact your provincial NCCP rep to find out more.
After completing the multisport and specific training modules, a coach can request an evaluation from their provincial federation.
It is also possible to go directly to evaluation, especially for coaches who have been trained or certified outside the NCCP and who wish to obtain the NCCP certification.
Prerequisites are mandatory before any request for evaluation:
- Be 18 or older (or 16 for the community & instructional streams),
- Hold a current FCE license,
- Have a valid first aid certificate,
- Have completed a criminal record check,
- Have completed the Safety in Sport training
Once the prerequisites have been met, you can request an evaluation directly from your provincial NCCP rep. The NCCP evaluation process includes the following steps:
- Step 1: A request for evaluation submitted by the candidate to his provincial federation
- Step 2: An evaluator is assigned to the evaluation request by the federation
- Step 3: Payment of assessment fees by the candidate
- Step 4: Submission of a portfolio by the candidate to the evaluator followed by the evaluation of the portfolio*
- Step 6: Pre-briefing by the evaluator with the candidate
- Step 7: Formal observation by the evaluator in person (it is possible to submit a video of the sessions) *
- Step 8: Debriefing between candidate and assessor
- Step 9: Submission of the final evaluation report to the CAC and in the applicant’s locker.
*Information on content is available in the context-specific Coaching Pathway Explanatory Sheet.
Maintenance of certification is the policy of the NCCP which requires certified coaches to maintain their certification through professional development and training opportunities over a predetermined period.
The period for each context is 5 years after obtaining the certification. Each trainer must obtain a minimum of:
- 10 points for Community and Beginner Instructor contexts
- 20 points for the competition context – introduction
- 30 points for the competition – development context
Continuous learning helps to become the best coach possible. As part of continuous learning, Professional Development Points (PD) are awarded to coaches attending trainings. A coach can earn PD points through a variety of multi-sport or sport-specific activities. Here are some examples:
- NCCP module and event – 5 points per module and event,
- Self-directed learning activity by the coach – 3 points for the valid certification period,
- Active Coaching – 1 point per season as a coach OR 1 point per year per activity for Resource Persons or Coach Evaluators,
- Activities other than those of the NCCP – 1 point per hour of activity, up to a maximum of 3 points.
At the end of the period, if you do not have the required number of PPs, your statement will indicate that your “Certified” status has not been renewed. If this is the case, contact your provincial federation to be able to renew your status.
To find out more, you can visit the page dedicated to this purpose on the coach.ca website.
Advanced Diploma in Coaching
The Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) is the most comprehensive multi-sport training course in Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). AED holders are recognized as the most qualified coaches and administrators of Canadian athletes and sport programs at the provincial, national and international levels.
This one-of-a-kind apprenticeship program is for Canadian coaches who want to push their mastery of their craft even further.
The DAE is for coaches working with athletes on a high performance journey who want to stay on the cutting edge of sport science research, be mentored by coaching luminaries, and maximize effectiveness. of their work.
To participate in this training, the trainer must
- Trained status or “Certified” in the Competition – Development context of the NCCP,
- Work with athletes at the Train to Train stage or higher for at least three years
- be ready to fully commit to the program and to take a critical look at their methods.
The ACD focuses on the performance of athletes in the Competition – Development and Competition – High Performance contexts and aims to produce competent coaches, able to prepare athletes to reach the podium in provincial, national and international competition.
The ACD is available via the national sports institutes:
- Canadian Sport Institute – Calgary
- Canadian Sport Institute – Ontario
- National Institute of Sport of Quebec
Become a resource person for coach training and an evaluator
NCCP Coach Developers help coaches hone and improve their knowledge and skills so they can provide positive and effective spot experiences for all participants. NCCP Coach Developers can play any of these three roles:
NCCP Learning Facilitator:
NCCP Coach Evaluator:
NCCP Master Coach Developer:
The content within your four-step pathway will depend on the role you choose, but it will always include the following four steps:
If you want to get involved in the development of coaches you can contact your provincial federation as well as the coaches committee. They will help you on your journey.
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- Pathway to Competition Introduction context
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