Maintenance of Certification and PD

The Coaching Association of Canada and its partners recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.
In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points – Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.
Maintenance of certification is essential to:
  • Ensuring coaches stay current with new coaching practices and knowledge;
  • Maintaining the integrity of the NCCP;
  • Maintaining consistency with the standards of other professions;
  • Reinforcing the values of lifelong learning and continuous improvement.
Certification within the NCCP shall be valid for a maximum period. The concept of “life-span of NCCP certification” shall apply to coaches who:
  • Are already certified according to the standards of the Levels-NCCP.
  • Are certified according to the standards of the Levels-NCCP while it is still in effect.
  • Are certified according to the standards of an NCCP context’s core certification and gradations. 
Maintenance of certification must be based on active coaching and professional development. 
Context Period for renewal PD Points Required
AquaGO! Instructor 5 years 10
Competition Introduction 5 years 20
Competition Development 5 years 30


Professional development opportunities and points allocated are as follows:

Sport Specific:

Active Category Points Limitations
Active Coaching  1 point/year for every season coached 
1 point/year for learning Facilitator or Evaluator activity
To a maximum number of points equal to the number of years of the certification renewal period, e.g. 3 points, if certification period is 3 years
NCCP Activity 5 points/training module or evaluation event No maximum or minimum
Non-NCCP Activity 1 point/hour of activity up to 3 hours maximum No maximum or minimum
Coach Self-Directed Activity 3 points for the valid certification period Maximum of 3 points for certification renewal period
Re-evaluation in context 100% of the points required for PD credit in the context No other PD is required if coach chooses re-evaluation



Active Category Points Limitations
NCCP Activity 5 points/training module or evaluation event No maximum or minimum
Non-NCCP Activity 1 point/ hour of activity up to 3 points maximum To a maximum of 50% of the required PD credit for the context in a certification renewal period



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