Speed Skating Canada’s coaching certifications are recognized as part of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) distinguish between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge through many different channels including Speed Skating Canada and Coaching Association of Canada recognized NCCP workshops, programs offered by colleges and universities as well as a broad range of other training providers throughout the sport system. To become certified in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context.
Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach. Certifications issued by Speed Skating Canada are recognized as part of the NCCP program administered by the Coaching Association of Canada meaning that certified coaches have meet or exceeded the standards shared by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.
To become certified in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition. Contexts are defined by the nature of sport participation of participants; the following certifications are available from Speed Skating Canada:
Certification can be obtained by two methods. In both instances, certification is granted based on a coach’s ability to demonstrate specific skills and knowledge in their coaching environment.
All coach training and certification is tracked in the Coaching Association of Canada’s on-line database “The Locker”. As a coach completes training and evaluation activities they are granted a certification status. Once a coach has achieved a certified status, they will be able to pursue further training and evaluation activities to achieve gradations recognizing additional depth and/or breadth of skills and/or knowledge.
As new NCCP certifications have been developed, coaches certified in the old NCCP Levels have been required to upgrade certain credentials in order for certifications to be recognized in the new NCCP.