The following Professional Development (PD) workshops have been developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to enhance your coaching ability and to enable you to provide a high standard of sport coaching for your athletes. Along with the Multi-Sport modules, the following courses reinforce the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) core values of continuous improvement and lifelong learning.

Aboriginal Coaching Module 

8h, 3 modules (15 PD Points) – Free

If you work with, or supervise youth of Aboriginal heritage, this workshop is an essential resource. If you wish to understand, relate to, and apply Aboriginal cultural perspectives that will allow you to motivate, inspire, and lead those youth towards a successful and meaningful lifestyle, this workshop was designed for you. The workshop includes unique methods and perspectives not found in mainstream coaching certification programs.

It is holistic in its approach and includes teachings of the medicine wheel, the four gifts, as well as the values within the four pillars and many other issues that are unique to Aboriginal culture.

Concussion Awareness – Making Head Way

Time may vary (5 PD Points) – Free

Making Head Way in: Sport (Generic), Soccer, Snowboard, Speed Skating, Freestyle Ski, and Football are designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes. These NCCP PD modules cover: what to do to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion; what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion; and how to ensure athletes return to play safely. CLICK HERE

Safe Sport Training

Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.  Take the elearning module for FREE by signing in the Locker!

What will I learn? 

Understand that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe, how the misuse of power leads to maltreatment, and the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct.

Learn about the various types of maltreatment, the conditions that enable them, and how to recognize signs that they may be happening.

Find out what to do if you suspect maltreatment, and how you can create a culture that protects all participants.

Together, we can make sport safe for everyone. CLICK HERE

Support Through Sport Training

The Support Through Support eLearning Modules will help you recognize the signs and take action in preventing and addressing gender-based violence and teen dating violence.

Understanding Teen Dating Violence is the foundational module in the Support Through Sport series and focuses on creating healthy environments for sport participants between the ages of 11 and 24 years.

After completing the Understanding Teen Dating Violence eLearning module, you will be able to:

  • Identify elements of healthy relationships
  • Define teen dating violence
  • Take action when teen dating violence is suspected or known

Coaches who are maintaining their trained or certified status will receive 1 Professional Development (PD) point upon completing this eLearning module.

This eLearning will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. You may complete the module in multiple sittings. Once you have completed Understanding Teen Dating Violence, the module will appear in your coach transcript.

Disclaimer: This module is about teen dating violence and will discuss 4 categories of violence: physical, emotional and psychological, sexual, and neglect. The content may make some people uncomfortable or provoke feelings of trauma and distress. If you have personally experienced or witnessed any type of violence and would like support, please contact one of the following support services:

You can access this eLearning module through the Locker.

Mental Health in Sport

Mental health impacts the quality of life and performance of both sport participants and coaches. The Coaching Association of Canada’s Mental Health in Sport eLearning module was developed to educate coaches about mental health to empower them to effectively play a role in supporting the well-being of the participants in their sport program, while also supporting their own mental health.

Sport is linked to a range of positive outcomes, including improved mental health and well-being. Coaches have a great deal of influence over participants’ mental health.

After completing the Mental Health in Sport eLearning module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of mental health
  • Recognize and understand your role in promoting coach and participant well-being
  • Understand the importance of self-care

Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP trained or certified status will receive 1 Professional Development (PD) point upon completing this module.

This eLearning module will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete, and is available free of charge in the Locker.

Log in via the Locker, or create a new account to get started.  CLICK HERE

Creating a Positive Sport Environment

NCCP Creating a Positive Sport Environment will help coaches implement positive coaching strategies and protect participants from maltreatment in sport. Visit the Locker to take this eLearning module!

Participant-centered coaching strategies are an effective way to establish a safe and inclusive sport culture. By placing participants at the centre of the coaching process, coaches can promote growth and athletic development, foster creativity and learning, and protect participants from harm.

After completing the NCCP Creating a Positive Sport Environment eLearning module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of participant-centered coaching
  • Explain the types of harm that may occur when a coach misuses their power and how to respond to suspicions or knowledge of maltreatment
  • Use positive coaching strategies to create a positive sport environment, enhance safety, and improve learning and performance

How to Register 

This eLearning module is available in the Locker at a cost of $15. Coaches who are maintaining their NCCP Certification will earn five NCCP PD points upon completion of this module.

Atlantic Podium Performance Series

Runs monthly from September – April (1-2 hours/session, 2 PD Points) – Free

These opportunities are offered free of charge in partnership with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA), Coaching PEI, and Coaching Newfoundland and Labrador. They are open to the entire public and address a variety of prevalent coaching topics.