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.

The number of required PD points does vary from sport to sport or from context to context. Download this overview of the PD requirements by sport.

The NCCP Maintenance of Certification and Professional Development policy:

  • provides coaches with credit for attending PD opportunities
  • promotes upgrading and maintaining relevancy to coaching practices

Not Renewed status

Certified (Transferred) Not Renewed

A coach who does not complete the required PD credits by the expiry date of their maintenance cycle will have the status of ‘Not Renewed’. For their certification to be in good standing, the coach must complete the required PD points within their maintenance cycle.

Certified Transferred

Once this happens, the status of ‘Not Renewed’ will be removed immediately, and their maintenance cycle will be reset on January 1 of the following calendar year.

Professional Development Points:

In order for Certified NCCP Coaches to maintain their certification, they will be required to obtain PD points which can be earned through various activities

NCCP Activity: Multi-Sport or Sport-Specific – maximum 5 points per Module

Non-NCCP Activities: 1 point per hour up to a maximum of 10 points per maintenance cycle

Active Coaching: 1 point per year/for every season coached to a maximum of 5 points for maintenance cycle

Coach Self-Directed Activity: Self-directed learning to a maximum of 3 points per maintenance cycle

*In order to receive PD credits for all Non-NCCP activities, approval from your NSO, PSO, or PTCR is required via the National registry.

Q: Who does maintenance of certification apply to?

A: All Certified National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coaches.

Q: Why do I need to maintain my Certification?

A: Maintenance of certification is viewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP.

Q: How do I check how many points I have?

A: Your PD points will appear on your Locker transcript. Remember that PD points will only appear on your transcript after the data has been entered in the Locker.

Q: What happens to my NCCP certification if I do not complete the required PD in the time allowed?

A: Your transcript would show that your Certified status has not been renewed. Your sport then determines what must be done to reinstate your Certified status. Additionally, they determine the consequences of a non-renewed Certified status. These details will continue to be worked out by NSOs through the first PD cycle (2014-2019).

Q: What if I am Certified in two or more sports?

A: If you are Certified in two sports, accumulated points will apply to both sports. The number of points required to maintain certification will be determined by whichever sport requires the highest number of PD points.

Q: Is there any limit on the number of PD Points I can accumulate?

A: No, you only need to earn the required number of points to maintain certification. However, you can accumulate as many PD points as you want. Please note that you cannot forward any points into the next cycle. Once the five year cycle ends, PD points are reset at 0.

Is your Government entity, Provincial Sport Organization (PSO), Multi-Sport Organization (MSO), sport club, municipality, secondary and/or post secondary institution seeking to allot Professional Development points for a Non-NCCP Coaching event? CLICK HERE to apply.