The CDAG context is broken down into two steps:
1. National Coaching Institute (NCI) Diploma
Development – Advanced Gradation (CDAG)
- NCI diploma
- Sport-specific training
Learning to Compete (L2C)
Training to Compete (T2C)
16 - 23 +/- males
15 - 23 +/- females
The NCI diploma
consists of 18 modules covering the following 4 major themes:
- Coaching Leadership
- Training and Competition Readiness
- Coaching Effectiveness
- Performance Planning
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) launched this component of the program in September, 2010 See this brochure
for details. In particular, note the pre-requisites that are in place for the transition period (changeover from old to new NCCP system). Coaches who are currently working on the Level 4 program (previous NCCP system) will be required to complete that program or transfer over to the new Comp-Dev Advanced program within a specified period of time.
2. Sport-specific training
- Sport-specific modules (i.e. ski preparation)
- Coaching experience (i.e. practical coaching experience working with athletes in the L2C/T2C stages of development)
CCC and the CAC have not yet developed the template for this component of the program. For now, it appears that the sport-specific tasks for the Comp-Dev Advanced Program will be the same sport-specific tasks used for the old Level 4-5 program. A replacement for these tasks will be developed over the next couple of years. When the program is developed it will be implemented by Cross Country Canada.
Comp-Dev Advanced Certification
Coaches must successfully complete the following to achieve certification:
- NCI Diploma program
- Comp-Dev Advanced program for cross-country skiing
- Evaluation of specific coaching competencies (for cross-country skiing) at the Comp-Dev Advanced level
Coaches at the Comp-Dev Advanced level will be required to keep a "portfolio" that records their progress as they work their way through the program. If you are just getting started, it is important to keep your own records of each course or sport-specific activity you undertake - where was it held, when was it held, who was the facilitator, evaluator, mentor coach, etc.
Whether you were trained in the previous NCCP system, existing NCCP system, or both, and you wish to enroll/continue in the NCI Diploma program, you will likely require an individualized transition plan in order to do so. If you require assistance working through these changes, please contact Georgia Manhard at email@example.com.