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    The requirement for all certified coaches to maintain their “certified” status through the accumulation of Professional Development (PD) points and self reporting of active coaching status has officially started for all sports on January 1, 2014. For more information on how to accumulate PD points, please consult the Maintenance of certification policy.

    NCI Advanced Coaching Diploma

    The National Coaching Institute Advanced Coaching Diploma is the pinnacle of a coaches’ education in the National Coaching Certification Program. NCI coaches are recognized as being among the most qualified coaches and leaders of athletes and sport programs provincially, nationally and internationally.

    The Diploma consists of four core themes; Coaching Leadership, Coaching Effectiveness, Performance Planning, and Training and Competition Readiness. Each theme requires coaches to complete a series of modules comprised of several 3 hour units of in-classroom sessions, seminars, workshops or labs. Coaches will be evaluated in each module based on their ability to demonstrate competency coaching developing athletes. Coaches enrolled in the diploma program will work with a designated master and/or mentor coach who will support them in their completion of program requirements. The diploma program requires a mid-point and final assessment by a panel of content specialists. The Diploma is one step towards the certification in the Competition-Development Advanced Gradation context. To complete his/her certification, the coach must contact his/her NSO to apply for the sport-specific evaluation.

    High Performance Coaching Experience

    The High Performance Coaching Experience (HPCE) program offers developing coaches a variety of practical training opportunities that can be delivered through the National Development Centres (NDC) and the NST programs. As initiated last year, coaches selected for this program will again benefit from a wide range of opportunities like attending NST or NDC training camps, regular home base training sessions for up to a week long period and domestic or international race trips as well.

    Coaching Seminars

    Cross Country Canada (CCC) and its national partners (e.g. Sport-Canada, Coaching Association of Canada, Own The Podium, etc) offer seminars and conferences with various core themes on a yearly basis to coaches of all levels. CCC divisions (provinces and territories) do likewise. Together, these national and provincial/territorial organizations therefore provide coaches with professional development opportunities that are an essential complement to the National Coaching Certification Program available to coaches.

    Scholarships and Funding

    A complete listing of funding opportunities available for clubs and coaches to assist with coaching education and coach salary support.

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