What is the NCCP?

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a collaborative program of the government of Canada, the provincial/territorial governments, national and provincial sport federations and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This partnership, in place since 1974, is largely responsible for building an internationally recognized coach education program for coaching development in over 65 different sports in French and English.

The NCCP is designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time coach to the head coach of a national team. The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coach training and certification in Canada. As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety.

Since 1997, the emphasis of the NCCP has been on developing competent coaches – an exciting step towards helping them to become more effective and have a more meaningful impact on an athlete’s experience. This most recent NCCP model is made up of three streams and a total of eight contexts, each with its own coaching requirements. Each sport is responsible for identifying how many of the eight contexts are relevant to their sport.

For more information on the National Coaching Certification Program click this link Become an NCCP coach.

Volleyball and the NCCP

The goal of Volleyball Canada’s Coaching program is to: plan and develop technical coaching manuals, prepare education materials to support technical manuals, design the system for delivery of coaching programs, develop coaching resource material to assist the regular programs, promote the NCCP, and develop programs and resources to improve the skill level of volleyball participants. The program includes four certification levels and each level contains three steps for completion and three different types of accreditation (In Training, Trained, and Certified).

For information on the certification levels see links below

Development Coach
Summary of the Development Coach Pathway in BC – LINK

Advanced Development – Indoor

Advanced Development – Beach

Performance Coach – Indoor

Performance Coach – Beach

Volleyball BC Coaching Education Requirements

Volleyball BC maintains NCCP coaching certification standards for all club Provincial Championships. Head coaches participating at Volleyball BC Provincial Championships must be NCCP certified.

ALL Team Staff listed on the team’s roster (Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, etc.) MUST have completed:

  • Make Ethical Decisions MultiSport Module AND Online Evaluation (Competition Introduction version)
  • Making Head Way in Sport (Generic version)

Additional education requirements for all ‘A’ & ‘AA’ Head Coaches include:

  • Volleyball Canada eLearning Modules (Volleyball Disciplines)

Additional education requirements for all 17u ‘A’ Head Coaches attending Volleyball Canada’s National Championships

  • NCCP Development Coach Workshop or previously existing Level 1 Technical

Additional education requirements for all 17u & 18u ‘AA’ Head Coaches registered with Volleyball BC.

  • NCCP Development Coach Workshop or previously existing Level 1 Technical


Please refer to the infographic provided HERE for reference.

All Coaches are encouraged to take the Responsible Coaching Movement pledge. Click HERE for more information.

Coaching Certification Maintenance Program

The Coaching Association of Canada is implementing a Maintenance of Certification Policy, which Volleyball Canada will be adopting. The NCCP Professional Development Policy will be implemented starting January 1, 2014 where coaches will need to accrue points over a 5 year span. For more details and a FAQ section please follow the Coaching Association of Canada link below.


Check Certification

Don’t know what coaching certification you have or maybe you want to check your certification progress? You can check your certification records online via the NCCP Locker Database. In the database you will be able to view and update your personal information, view your coaching records and print a certification transcript.