The NCCP and Ringette Canada require coaches to maintain a coaching status over a 5-year cycle. The first cycle expired January 1, 2019 for anyone who completed training in 2014 or earlier, and everyone since then will expire 5 years from the date of their training/certification. Coaches renew their status by doing Professional Development (PD) and receiving points.
All coaches need to have either a “Trained” or “Certified” status to be approved on a roster. You can review the requirements to achieve those statuses on our Team Staff Requirements page, including what to do if your status says “In Training”. Points will not accumulate if a status says “In Training”, only Trained or Certified statuses will show PD points and a 5-year cycle.
Statuses are: CSI Trained, CI Trained, CI Certified, Comp Dev Trained, Comp Dev Certified.
Each status is on a 5-year cycle where a certain number of Professional Development (PD) points are required to renew for another 5 years.
Community Sport Initiation (CSI) is 10 points
Competition Introduction (CI) is 20 points
Competition Development (Comp Dev) is 30 points
Points acquired will count towards all Trained or Certified statuses but only if they are completed during its 5-year cycle. If a cycle expires Jan 2024, that means it started Jan 2019, so anything done before 2019 would not count towards that status. A coach who is CI Trained and completes the CI Certified will start a new 5-year cycle once that’s complete. If your profile shows that you have 10/10 points, expires 2020, it means that the 5-year cycle expires Jan 2020, and since you have the 10/10 points, on January 1, 2020 it will renew and say expires Jan 2025, 0/10 points.
If your status has expired, you will not be approved or be eligible to be on the bench until you complete the missing points and successfully renew. If you have more than one status, for example CSI Trained and CI Certified, and you are only coaching where a CI Certified status is required, if your CSI Trained status is expired, it won’t affect your eligibility to coach at a CI Certified level, however we recommend renewing.
This first image shows a general idea of what your Locker profile looks like, and what will show up in each tab.
This is an example of a coach’s transcript tab, where you can see expired statuses and statuses which are coming due. One is successfully renewed, and though the other one isn’t, that coach has plenty of time to get the points. They probably just renewed last year!
This is an example of a coach’s maintenance tab, where you can see what is contributing points towards your status renewal. This coach has until January 1, 2024 to get 13 more PD points.
This document, with very similar information, might also be helpful.
How to get enough PD points to renew your status?
During National Coaches Week (Sept 21-29, 2019), the NCCP offers many of their eLearning courses for FREE.
Need 20 PD points? Possible solution – all multi-sport and online:
- Coach Initiation in Sport eModule (5 PD points),
- Making Head Way in Sport (5 PD points),
- NCCP Sport Nutrition and/or Coaching Athletes with a Disability (5 PD points each).
- Declare years of active coaching (up to 5 PD points) and/or link your Respect in Sport certificate (3 PD points) to your NCCP locker (see tab below)
Coaches who anticipate being at the NRL level or having their team qualify to attend CRCs need to do a Comp-Dev multi-sport module – visit our Team Staff Requirements page and find the appropriate drop-down for details.
There are multiple ways to achieve points towards renewal, many are outlined below.
A Lacrosse coaching course would add 5 points to ringette statuses.
Taking a ringette CI clinic would add 5 points to a ringette CSI status.
The online modules include Making Head Way (about concussions), Coaching Athletes with a Disability, Coach Initiation in Sport, Nutrition, and more. During Coaches Week (last week of September), the CAC may offer more of these for FREE! On the eLearning tab, you can complete courses at your own pace, stopping and picking back up later.
In-class multi-sport courses are listed here, and cover a wide range of topics. Some are offered as online courses, but they are all with an instructor and are in-depth, intended for high performance coaches. Many of those modules are required for coaches who wish to continue on to their Competition Development (Comp-Dev) training/certification. To find out which ones, check our Coaching Requirements page.
Many associations require coaches to complete Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders. It is also a requirement for ALL NRL coaches and coaches who attend the Canadian Ringette Championships. This module is worth 3 PD points, it costs $30 and takes about 2 hours which can be done all at once or in chunks.
If you believe it’s been done but isn’t showing up in your NCCP Locker, update your Respect Group profile to allow communication. It will take about 24 hours before it syncs with the Locker, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t showing up right away.
Keeping Girls in Sport is another course offered by the Respect Group. Keeping Girls in Sport is an online resource that helps coaches and youth activity leaders to create safe and respectful environments for female athletes. It talks about why girls play sports, how you need to coach them differently (from a physiological and emotional point of view), why they quit sports, and what coaches can do to keep them around longer. This course is worth 2 PD points, costs $17, and takes about 2 hours which can be done all at once or in chunks.
It was developed with the help of Dr. Vicki Harber, a subject matter expert with whom many ringette coaches are already familiar from her “Coaching the Female Athlete” seminars.
If you believe it’s been done but isn’t showing up in your NCCP Locker, update your Respect Group profile to allow communication.
The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct, and reporting inappropriate behaviour. This program is partnered with NCCP; it’s worth 3 PD points, costs $12, and takes about 2.5 hours which can be done all at once or in chunks.
The Commit to Kids also has a version of the training designed for individuals who work with children, either through employment or on a volunteer basis. It also provides information about designing policies, strategies, and a step-by-step plan to help reduce the risk of sexual abuse happening within child-serving organizations.
This program has discounts for organizations purchasing for 10+ individuals.
There is more information about self-reporting on the coach.ca website.
Canadian Women & Sport (formerly CAAWS) is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women – as active participants and leaders – within and through sport. With a focus on systematic change, they partner with governments, organizations and leaders to challenge the status quo and to advance solutions that result in measurable change.
CW&S offers some courses/workshops, and as an NCCP partner, the courses offered are worth PD points, the number depends on which course. Local associations can book a workshop for their board, coaches, and/or athletes.
Philosophy: lifelong learning
Lifelong Learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.
Policy: maintenance of certification
Maintenance of Certification is the NCCP policy that requires NCCP coaches to maintain their certification through Professional Development and training opportunities over a predetermined period.
Professional Development (PD)
PD promotes growth and development of coaches, enables coaches to be at the leading edge to best serve their athletes, and is fun and engaging.