National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Training

Coaching through NCCP programs

Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the cornerstone of coach education in Canada. Coaches of all 65 federally recognized sports receive their training and certification through the NCCP. The NCCP is for coaches at every context and for those coaching every age of athlete.  More information on the NCCP can be found at the Coaches Association of Ontario site or at the Coaches Association of Canada site.

Coaches taking education through the OCC will have their results and records stored in The Locker against your unique NCCP number.  If you already have an NCCP number you do not need to create another one but if you don’t already have one then you must create one before registering for a course.  It’s important for coaches to understand how to navigate their records within the Locker.  Please see our Locker instruction page for details on how to use and navigate The Locker.


Course offerings

Club Coach Youth

Club Coach Youth is a one-day workshop designed for coaches who do not require certification but become involved in coaching on a voluntary (and often short-term) basis. Participants tend to work with curlers of all ages who are new to the sport, but most particularly with youth curlers.

Club Coach

Coaches who take this two-day workshop become “Club Coach Trained”. This workshop does not lead to certification. “Club Coach” is a program designed to enhance the skill set of the coach or instructor who functions primarily at the club level but whose teams are starting their competitive experience. The Club Coach will be competent in training curlers from youth to masters, with skill levels of beginning to intermediate.

Competition Coach

Competition Coach is a two-day workshop designed for coaches who plan to work with athletes who are practicing and competing together. Competition Coach leads to certification which includes the submission of a coaching portfolio, an in-person evaluation, and successful completion of the Making Ethical Decisions module (see below). 

Competition Development

The Competition Development Program, administered and delivered by Curling Canada,  is the next “level” of education for certified Competition Coaches.  Coaches who plan to coach adult athletes competing at the Brier, Scotties, Mixed Doubles and Olympic Trials require this designation, as do coaches who plan to pursue further education like the Advanced Coaching Diploma.  

Making Ethical Decisions - Curling

Course Cost: $80 + HST

By successfully completing the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. MED training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

MED training is a cornerstone of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

MED – Curling is the same content as the Multi-sport Module offered by the Coaches Association of Ontario (see below), just delivered in a curling environment using curling Coach Developers.

Making Ethical Decisions – Online Evaluation

Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification in any new NCCP program. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation or to achieve certification, however, in certain programs it can lead to ‘trained’ status. Therefore, any coach wishing to attain ‘trained’ status should investigate taking MED training. Once you have completed the MED training, and it appears on your Locker transcript, you will have unlimited attempts at the MED evaluation included in your workshop fee.

If you choose to proceed directly to the MED evaluation without taking any training, please note the following (as of April 1, 2014):

  1. A fee of $85 will apply.
  2. You will have 2 attempts at passing the evaluation. If, after 2 attempts, you have not received a passing grade of 75%, you will need to sign up for MED training.

For more information on taking the MED online evaluation, please click here.

MED Curling Workshops

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Multi-Sport NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Training

MED – Multi Sport is the same content as the Curling module, but is delivered in a multi-sport environment using multi-sport Coach Developers. Multi-sport NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Training is hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario and includes in-person, online, and home study offerings.

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