The Coaching Association of Canada and Gymnastics Canada recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.
In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points -- Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.
For more information on Maintenance of Certification, please visit coach.ca.
Coaches who have recently arrived in Canada (within the previous 12 months) may apply for NCCP equivalency. The applicant must be a full-time resident of Canada and working in Canada.
Former and current National Team athletes
Current and retired Canadian Senior National Team athletes may apply for NCCP equivalency if they are actively coaching. The applicant must be:
- Within four years of retirement from gymnastics competition
- A previously carded member of a Gymnastics Canada national team
- Aged 19 or older
For more information, please click here.
Starting at age 13, potential coaches may participate in a Pre-CIT program at their club. The Pre-CIT program was created to allow younger potential coaches to begin training before they are eligible to participate in NCCP courses.
The GCG Pre-CIT program is the ONLY recognized program for 13-15 year olds.
- 13-year-old Pre-CITs should complete the program over two full training years, but can complete it in one year if that is how their club delivers the program (they would still have to wait until they are 15 years old before moving on to Gymnastics Foundations courses).
- 14- and 15-year-old Pre-CITs have the option of completing the program in one or two training years.
Part 1: complete five hours of tutorials (covering 10 topic areas), 10 hours of in-gym coaching time with mentor coach, and a minimum of 8 hours of ‘gymming.’
Part 2: complete an additional 10 hours of tasks related to coaching, officiating, and administration, 5 hours of in-gym coaching time with mentor coach, and a minimum of 7 hours of ‘gymming.’
A Pre-CIT may only assist a certified coach (minimum Gymnastics Foundations certified, Level 2 technical highly recommended) under one-on-one direct supervision (one certified coach can supervise one Pre-CIT at one time).
A Pre-CIT must NEVER be given sole responsibility for a group of children.
A Pre-CIT coach who has completed the program and is ready to move on to NCCP Gymnastics Foundations courses may do so at age 15 (they still can’t become certified until they are 16).
Check with your club to see if they offer the Pre-CIT program!