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.
Check Your Certification
To check certification login to ’The Locker’
Maintenance of Certification
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.
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
15 years of age
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
- Complete the Swimming 101 pre-course workbook
- Register online for Swimming 101 (pre-course must be attached)
- Pay online
Steps for certification are emailed by Swimming Canada after attending Swimming 101.
16 years of age
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.
Head coaches of clubs with national level swimmers require this level of education to be on deck at Nationals.
20 years old
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
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.
16 years of age
Currently Certified as Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or I Can Swim Teacher
Swimming Canada Links
Coach Certification Links
NCCP Multi-Sport Courses
NCCP Multi-Sport Home Study Option
Coaching Association of Canada
Making Ethical Decisions
Public Coach Transcript (Requires NCCP Number & Last Name)
NCCP Number Look-Up