Coach Certification

Coach certification in Canada is delivered through the National Coach Certification Program also known as NCCP.  All registered coaches are required to have NCCP training at the level they are coaching.  For complete NCCP swimming information see Swimming Canada's NCCP information.

 

Coach Requirements

IMPORTANT - All returning coaches must be certified by November 30.
Steps to complete certification for Level 1: Fundamentals Coach or NCCP Swim Teacher

 

Check Your Certification

To check certification login to ’The Locker’

How To Read Your Transcript

 

Maintenance of Certification

Coaches must complete professional development to maintain certification.  
How Can I Accumulate PD Points?
 

 

Making Ethical Decisions (MED) 

To complete certification at any level coaches must complete the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation.  Training is recommended but not required.  The evaluation levels required are below.

Level 1: Fundamentals Coach – Competition-Introduction
Level 2: Age Group Coach – Competition-Introduction
Level 3: Senior Coach – Competition-Development
Swimming Teacher – Instruction

The Coaching Association of Canada records all NCCP courses, regardless of sport.  Coaches NCCP certification is available online with the coaches NCCP number and last name.  Coaches can find their NCCP number online or can contact the Coach Association of Canada.

Training can be done via MED specific training or as a part of Part A Theory.  Find a training course.

 

NCCP Coach Certification Levels

Community Sport Coach

The community sport coach is for assistant coaches, aged 15 years of age and up, who help teach swimmers who do not yet attend competitions.  The community coach may work a maximum of two seasons before they are required to take the next level of training (Swimming 101).  The community coach may assist at both practice and competition.  It is not recommended that the community coach be responsible for a group.

Steps to Register for Community Coach

  1. Register online for Community Coach 
  2. Pay online

Prerequisites

15 years of age

Level 1: Fundamentals Coach

This is the entry-level coach certification. This is the level required for competitive coaches to be on deck at competitions.  The course required for this certification is called Swimming 101. 

Steps to Register for Swimming 101

  1. Complete the Swimming 101 pre-course workbook
  2. Register online for Swimming 101 (pre-course must be attached) 
  3. Pay online

Steps for certification are emailed by Swimming Canada after attending Swimming 101.

Prerequisites
16 years of age

Level 2: Age Group Coach

Age Group coach is intended for Small Club head coaches or Large Club assistant coaches.  The course required for this certification is called Swimming 201 and is required to be on deck at Canadian Age Group Championships and Para Can-Am's.

Prerequisites
18 years old
Swimming 101
Introduction to Competition Part B | Part B Course Registration or Part B Home Study Option

Level 3: Senior Coach

Head coaches of clubs with national level swimmers require this level of education to be on deck at Nationals. 

Prerequisites
20 years old
Swim 201
NCCP Multi Sport Competition Development Courses (course or home study)

  • Managing Conflict
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • Developing Athletic Abilities
  • Prevention and Recovery
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Leading Drug-free Sport

Multi-Sport Course Registration
NCCP Multi-Sport Home Study Option

NCCP Swimming Teacher

Swimming Teacher is for instructors with Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or I Can Swim certification who are teaching pre-competitive swimmers.  NCCP swimming teachers may not be on deck at swim meets.

Prerequisites
16 years of age
Currently Certified as Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or I Can Swim Teacher

Red Cross NCCP Swim Teacher Application

Swimming Canada Links

Swimming Canada NCCP Information
NCCP Swimming Courses
Swimming Canada National Registration Procedures and Rules for Coaches - Coaches begin on page 21

Coach Certification Links

NCCP Multi-Sport Courses 
NCCP Multi-Sport Home Study Option
Coaching Association of Canada
Making Ethical Decisions
Maintaining Certification
Public Coach Transcript (Requires NCCP Number & Last Name)
NCCP Number Look-Up