Community Coach

The community coach (CC) context is broken down into two steps, each of them corresponding to a specific LTAD stage:

NCCP Context

LTAD Stage

Athlete age

Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC)

Active Start

0 - 6

Community Coaching (CC)


6 – 9 males
6 – 8 females

Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC) (10 hours)
The workshop is designed to teach parents and other beginning coaches how to deliver a series of age-appropriate skill development sessions under the supervision of more experienced coaches.  The orientation is for skiers of all age groups with an emphasis on working with children under six years of age.  Coaches will be taught basic coaching skills, how to teach the fundamentals of technique, growth and development considerations, how to create a motivating learning environment and how to set up a ski playground.  There are no prerequisites except enthusiasm and the minimum age requirement of 14 years.

Community Coaching (CC) (16 hours)
This workshop is the second step in the NCCP progression. It provides essential training for coaches delivering an effective skill development program to children six to nine years of age (the FUNdamentals stage of skier development). It is designed to train coaches to teach children intermediate technical skills in an enjoyable way so that it is FUN to learn, to select games that reinforce the technical skills being taught, to design and lead on-snow sessions, and to select and prepare equipment for young children.  Successful completion of the NCCP Introduction to Community Coaching Workshop is a prerequisite.

Steps to NCCP Community Coach certification- updated August 2013 (view flowchart):

  1. Complete the ICC workshop
  2. Complete the CC workshop
  3. Complete practical requirements for CC (CC experience form)
  4. Complete other tasks outlined on the Certification Checklist
  5. Complete the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) “Making Ethical Decisions"(MED) evaluation . This component is evaluated online by the CAC, and can be completed at any time following the ICC workshop. Please note that you must click on "my locker" once you are on the website of the CAC, and then "e-learning" to get to the login page. At that point you will need your NCCP# and a password to see your coaching status and gain access to the e-learning courses.
Coaches only need to complete the CC training steps and become "trained" Community Coaches to be eligible to initiate training in the next step in the NCCP progression: Competition-introduction