Maintenance of Coaching Certification

In order to maintain your coaching certification, professional development credits must be gained over a period of 5 years. Examples of events for which coaches can gain professional development credits include: coaching at national championships,  eLearning modules, webinars, clinics, talks, workshops and courses organized by Athletics Canada or provincial branches.

Professional Development (PD) points towards Maintenance of Certification Status begins once “Certified” status is earned. PD points earned prior to becoming “Certified” will not count towards the Maintenance of Certification Status.

Athletics “Certified” Coaches ( Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructor, Sport Coach, Club Coach, and Performance Coach), please visit your NCCP Locker to see how many Professional Development points you have accumulated during your current Maintenance of Certification cycle and how many Professional Development points you still need to accumulate during your current Maintenance of Certification cycle.

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 NCCP Maintenance of Certification and Professional Development policy:

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

The number of points required depends on the context where the coach is certified:

Athletics Canada NCCP CertificationMinimum PD credits required over a 5-year period for renewal of certification:
–  Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel Instruction
10 points
Community Sport:
– Sport Coach
10 Points
Competition – Introduction
– Club Coach
20 points
Competition – Development
– Performance Coach
30 points

Here are some free modules available in your Locker to accumulate PD points:

NCCP Making Head Way

NCCP Safe Sport Training

NCCP Emergency Action Plan

Fundamentals of Athletics: Track

Fundamentals of Athletics: Jumps

Fundamentals of Athletics: Throws

Modules available in your Locker, that come with a cost, to accumulate PD points:

NCCP Sport Nutrition ($20)

NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport ($15)

NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability ($15)

If you have any questions about maintaining you certification, please email Michael Kananoja at