National Coach Certification Program (NCCP)

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was developed in 1974 to provide training and certification to coaches in more than 60 sports. Triathlon BC adheres to the NCCP, which is a competency-based system that moves beyond measuring what coaches know to evaluating what they can do with what they know, or how they apply and use that knowledge in real-life coaching situations. Coaches are trained, evaluated, and certified based on outcomes specific to the group of athletes they are coaching.




NCCP Community Sport - Vernon
December 3/4, 2016
Melissa Spooner
NCCP Community Sport- Vancouver Island
POSTPONED - tentative new date January 21-22, 2017
Kirk Lewis
Competition Introduction Part 3 - Location TBC
April 9/10, 2017

Travel subsidies are available for coaches residing in BC Summer Games Zones 1, 7 & 8.
Contact Triathlon BC at info[at] for more information.

Download a WORD Registration form HERE


Triathlon Canada is in the process of renovating the NCCP coaching education system to better serve Canadian triathletes and coaches. This includes increased learning opportunities for Ironman, 70.3 age group coaches, and Olympic/Paralympic coaches.

As part of these program revisions, the challenge process is being completely redesigned to better recognize coaches who have a non-NCCP coaching education background. In the interest of fairness, all challenges will be deferring until the fall of 2015.  At this time a streamlined and more inclusive challenge process will be in place.

NCCP Streams and Contexts

There are two primary coaching education STREAMS within the NCCP program - Community Sport and Competition. These streams reflect the level and focus of ATHLETES that coaches work with in the streams.


Triathlon Youth Community Coach: This workshop is appropriate for those who want to coach children in triathlon and/or related sports. The practical and applied training will integrate the sport’s values into physical training and teach coaches the 3F’s of coaching children (fun, form, fitness) while educating them in physical literacy and the sport’s various techniques.

Triathlon Adult Community Coach: This workshop is for both beginner and experienced coaches who are currently coaching, or intend to coach athletes 18 and older. Through this two-day workshop, coaches will learn how to plan safe and effective practices, make ethical decisions, and learn basic technical skills.

*Please note: you must be 16 to take either of these workshops.


Competition Introduction: This 2-day workshop is designed for coaches who have completed a triathlon Community Sport Coaching workshop and who wish to learn applied planning and training, how to create a yearly training plan (YTP), and to deepen their knowledge of skills assessment and performance analysis.
*Coaches wishing to take this workshop must have completed Portfolio Paper 1 which follows the Community Sport course, and have received a passing grade on the Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation.

Competition Introduction (Evaluation): This workshop is the practical evaluation for those coaches who have completed both a Community Sport workshop and the Competition Introduction workshop. Additionally, coaches registering for this workshop must have completed Portfolio Paper 2 which follows the Competition Introduction workshop (and have submitted a Coaching Hours log to their marker). 

Competition Development (Mentored Learning Plan): Tailored for high-performance coaches of competitive Junior /U23 athletes, late maturating athletes, or athletes that have transferred from other sports, this one to two-year program is designed for experienced coaches that wish to develop individual learning/experiential training plans, and to continue their coaching development through a mentor program.

* Please note: you must be 18 to register for Competition stream workshops.


Coach Education

In Canada, coach education and training is guided by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). Under CAC supervision, each National Sport Organization (NSO) is developing coach education that best matches the needs of both athletes and coaches.

The NCCP is competency based which means the educational experiences are interactive and involve more than rote information (what you know). They also focus on the “how” of coaching and the implementation of your knowledge (what you can DO with what you know). A significant focus of the NCCP is accessing coaches’ prior knowledge and engaging their expertise in dialogue, practice, and interaction. In this way, even experienced coaches with an extensive knowledge base can glean important skills, networking, and self-evaluation opportunities through the NCCP process.

Five CORE COMPETENCIES are woven throughout all contexts, training, and evaluation processes.  VALUING, INTERACTING, LEADING, PROBLEM SOLVING, and CRITICAL THINKING.

Long-term Athlete Development for Parents

Many parents are looking for answers to explain what is right for their child when it comes to athletic development. As a coach, you need something that will help explain the facts in an easy, accurate, and user-friendly manner. The Coaching Association of Canada, in coordination with Canadian Sport for Life, has created the following document: “Long-Term Athlete Development Information for Parents” (LTAD) to help coaches educate the parents of the children in their programs. Download the Long Term Athlete Development guidebook HERE.

Coaching Masters Athletes

Masters sport is booming, and older athletes are seeking coaching guidance as they strive to learn new skills, improve their performance, or compete successfully. Coaching Masters Athletes, a new NCCP resource now available for coaches, offers an exciting opportunity for all coaches to have a positive impact on the lives of adults who want to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, and on society by encouraging more adults to be active. Download the Coaching Masters Athletes Guidebook HERE. 

Coaching Athletes with a Disability

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a manual designed to provide grassroots coaches who have never worked with athletes with a disability with basic information, guidelines, and tips that will assist in creating conditions for effective participation and inclusion.  Download the Coaching Athletes with a Disability Manual HERE.

Coaching Code of Conduct

The athlete/coach relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. Coaches must recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of a sport organization are channeled.  The Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches in achieving a level of behaviour which will allow them to assist their athletes in becoming well-rounded, self-confident and productive human beings. To download a copy of the Coaching Code of conduct, please click on the link below. Download the  COACHING CODE OF CONDUCT HERE.

Concussion Awareness

Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs.

These concussion awareness resources have been developed as part of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s “Active & Safe” initiative and are designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes. Get concussion smart via our award-winning “Making Head Way” eLearning modules, test your concussion IQ, find out what happens during a concussion, or simply browse through real concussion stories.


Please contact Triathlon BC for further coaching clinic details, or to book a coaching clinic in your area.

Certified coaches provide learning opportunities from which athletes can grow physically, technically, and mentally.