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FAQ: CAC's Maintenance of NCCP Certification

  1. What is CAC’s Maintenance of NCCP Certification?
  2. Is participation in this program mandatory?
  3. How many points do I need?
  4. Where do I track my PD points?
  5. Which activities are eligible for PD points?
  6. How can I earn PD points?
  7. Do my PD points expire?
  8. Are all coaches on the same cycle?
  9. I have two different cycles in my Locker, which one do I maintain?
  10. I do not have a full NCCP certified status, do I need to participate in the Maintenance of NCCP Certification?
  11. Where can I find more information on the CAC’s Maintenance of NCCP Certification?
  12. How do I self-report in the Locker?

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  1. What is CAC’s Maintenance of NCCP Certification?

In order for Skate Canada Professional coaches to maintain their NCCP certified status, they are now 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 conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, sport camps, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning PD points -- Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.

Skate Canada Professional Coaches with a full NCCP certification (ie. CanSkate Certified and higher) are responsible for maintaining their NCCP certified status. NCCP certified statuses will be maintained through submission of professional development (PD) points on a three-year cycle.

 

  1. Is participation mandatory?

Yes. Skate Canada Professional Coaches with a full NCCP certification (ie. CanSkate Certified and higher) will be responsible for maintaining their certified NCCP status to be considered a registered member “In Good Standing” with Skate Canada.

Coaches who hold an In-training or Trained NCCP status are required to maintain the necessary PD points of their last NCCP certification. (i.e. A National Coach In-training must maintain PD points required for Certified Provincial Coach)

 

  1. How many Professional Development (PD) points do I need?

Please refer to the following table for the number of points required for each NCCP certification: 


Important note:
 

NCCP Level 4 and Level 5 certified coaches must meet the PD points required of a certified National Coach.

 

  1. Where do I track my PD points?

Professional development points are tracked in the CAC Locker database. All registered events put forth by CAC (i.e. Sport Leadership Conference), Skate Canada (i.e. Ice Summit) or a Skate Canada Section (i.e. AGM) are tracked by the responsible host body. Skate Canada Professional coaches are responsible for tracking PD activities such as active coaching and any self-directed learnings in their own Locker.

 

  1. Which activities are eligible for PD points?

There are many ways to earn PD points. Events that are organized by the CAC, Skate Canada, and Skate Canada Sections will be recognized as PD opportunities. Such events include: NCCP courses and evaluations (sport specific and multi-sport), Skate Canada Ice Summit, Section AGM, Skate Canada camps, NPC seminars and workshops, Section seminars and workshops, eLearning modules, mentorship programs, active coaching, serving on national and section committees, and many more.

General Rule of Thumb – Please Become Familiar How PD Points Work:

 

  1. How can I earn PD points?

Here are some examples of PD activities coaches can complete to maintain their NCCP certified status in the Locker.


 

  1. Do my PD points expire? 

Yes. If Skate Canada Professional Coaches do not reach the required PD points in the 3-year period, their NCCP certified status will become “not maintained” and would therefore no longer be eligible to coach on Skate Canada ice or at competitions.  

 

  1. Are all coaches on the same cycle?

No. Your individual cycle date will begin the following January 1 of the year you receive your certified status. You will be required to renew these credentials every three years much like your first aid and screening requirements.

To better understand your individual cycle dates, visit your Locker profile.

 

  1. I have two different cycles in my Locker, which one do I maintain?

All coaches are required to maintain their highest NCCP certification. For example, if you are Certified Provincial Coach and Certified National Coach, you will be required to meet the PD points of the Certified National Coach status. If a coach has two different maintenance cycles, all PD points they accumulate go towards the maintenance of both cycles.

 

  1. I do not have a full NCCP certified status, do I need to participate in the Maintenance of NCCP Certification?

Although Skate Canada does highly recommend that all coaches participate in professional development, those without a full NCCP certified status are not subject to the Maintenance of NCCP certification policy requirements.

 

  1. Where can I find more information on the CAC’s Maintenance of NCCP Certification?

Please visit CAC’s website at the link here.

 

  1. How do I self-report in the Locker?

The CAC has added the "self-reporting" functionality in the Locker. As a results, coaches may NOW self-direct their learning in the Locker and declare up to three PD points per maintenance cycle.

Self-directed learning is described as learning opportunities that are not offered by a sport, are not directly related to sport, or are non-NCCP courses. Examples of self-directed learning include:

  • First aid training;
  • Leadership courses; and
  • Safety training

To complete the self-reported PD declaration, you will need to log in to your Locker account and click on the "Self-Report" tab found under "Certification".

For more information, please visit the Self-Reporting and Active Coaching page or consult CAC's Maintenance of Certification FAQ.

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