National Coaching Certification Program

What is the NCCP?

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for 65 different sports and is offered in both official languages across Canada. NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first-time coach to the head coach of a national team. The NCCP is the recognized national standard for coach training and certification in Canada. As part of the program, all coaches are trained in ethical decision-making and sport safety

Coach In Training (CIT) Program

The Gymnastics Canada CIT program is a one or two year program that introduces young teens to the various aspects of coaching gymnastics, and prepares them for entry into the Gymnastics Foundations component of the GCG National Coaching Certification Program when they reach the age of 16. The CIT program includes individual study, mentorship and hands-on coaching experience, under the supervision of a Tutor Coach.

The following documents are available for download:

Gymnastics Foundations

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The New GYMNASTICS FOUNDATIONS Program replaces the existing NCCP Structure. Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta (RGA) and the Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) are now implementing the NEW Foundations program. The program is moving towards a competency-based approach where coaches are trained and evaluated in core competencies. These NEW Gymnastics Foundations courses replace the OLD Level 1 NCCP certification program. As of January 2009, NCCP Level 1 Technical courses will no longer be available and RGA will be integrating the new program accordingly. Individuals holding Level 1 Technical training and Part A Theory within the NCCP system are encouraged to complete their certification. They will have until December 31st 2009 to complete their hours and submit them to RGA.

RGA has four Learning Facilitators “in training” and AGF has 21 facilitators able to conduct the Gymnastics Foundations courses. You are welcome to take advantage of the frequent AGF courses if they are convenient, and you will be charged the AGF member rate because you are insured with RGA and RGA has registered you with GCG. The course materials for the first two steps in the program are exactly the same for any new coach in any of the gymnastics disciplines.

The NEW Gymnastics Foundations Program includes the following components:

After completing these three steps you will be deemed a TRAINED coach and can proceed eventually to an EVALUATION. After a successful evaluation you will be a CERTIFIED coach. You will be issued a certification number. It will begin with CC and have six numbers. This number will identify you for the rest of your coaching career.

The Coaching Association of Canada is updating their website. Currently, it is essential for all RG coaches to inform RGA if they are planning to register for any courses offered by AGF. RGA will retain the paperwork in the RGA office until the CAC website and database are back to being fully functional, and RGA will, on request, provide proof to your clubs of your course participation and completion.


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