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Coaching Association of Canada


The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was launched in 1974 to help coaches and coach developers improve athlete or participant performance in all level of sports, not just Olympic Weightlifting. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) program provides coaches safe sport education, standardized training programs, and on-going professional development through partnerships with National Sport Organizations and Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations. ​

All coaches must have an NCCP number, which is your coach education profile, to take an NCCP module or access The Locker. The Locker, an online database developed by the CAC, is used by the OWA to confirm coaching certification and is where coaches can track their progress and development.  ​ To register for an NCCP # or to check your current NCCP coaching credentials, please visit The Locker

Note: If you have already been assigned an NCCP #, please do not register again. If unsure, please contact Competition Administrator.  ​ To look up or verify a coach’s credentials, please visit Public Transcript.  ​

NCCP coaches are described as follows:  

In Training: a coach has completed some of the required training for a context

Trained: a coach has completed all required training for a context

Certified: a coach has completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

To become Certified in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.  

Maintenance of Certification Cycle:    The Ontario Weightlifting Association and Coaching Association of Canada recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches engaged in Professional Development programs that reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.   Professional Development (PD) points are needed in order for coaches to maintain their trained or certified status. Ontario Weightlifting Association provides its coaches with a period of 5 years to collect their PD points from the date of certification.  

To obtain PD points, coaches must engage in Professional Development programs which can be acquired in various ways:   national and provincial sport organization conferences and eLearning modules NCCP workshops coach mentorship programs active coaching (self report) - How to report? English or French

Dynamic Traning Modules

NCCP Multi-sport Training Modules cover topics relevant to all sports (nutrition, for example) and help you become a more effective coach. They also provide training for coaches working towards Trained status within their NCCP coaching pathways.

Completing any module counts toward your Maintenance of Certification. NCCP Multi-sport Modules are delivered in classroom settings or through scheduled online sessions by Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives within their respective jurisdictions. Download an overview of all the modules, then use the drop-down menu on the right to see their availability in your region. Selected modules are also available via on-demand eLearning in the Locker.

Login to review availability and to engage with them at your own pace.   National Sport Organizations can determine whether to integrate some or all of the modules within their respective sport-specific pathways. Use our NCCP Multi-sport Matrix in the Locker to determine Module requirements by sport.

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