External Sport Credit program

The External Sport Credit Program provides athletes the opportunity to earn credits toward their high school graduation through their participation in gymnastics. Gymnastics BC administers this B.C. education system program on behalf of the government.

Recognized athlete programs

Athletes will receive letters of “external credit” achievement following participation in the following:

  • Grade 10 credits: Zone team - BC Winter Games
  • Grade 11 credits: Team BC - Western Canadian Championships, Western Canada Cup or Western Canada Summer Games
  • Grade 12 credits: Team BC - Canadian Championships, Canada Winter Games

External Credits for Officials

To qualify for credit towards graduation, students in a recognized official program must complete:

  • A theory component
  • An exam (written or oral)
  • Practical officiating experience (that is evaluated and signed by an authorized organization or club representative)

Once all program criteria are met, students can submit completion documents to their provincial sport organization for review. The provincial sport organization will issue a verification letter to use for graduation credit.

Courses required:


Official 10

Official 11

Official 12


Entry Level




JO 3-5

JO 6-8

JO 9-10


TG Level 1

TG Level 2

TG Level 3

Forms available here: GBC External Credit Program

External Credits for Coaches

To receive credit for Coach 11, students must complete the following requirements:

1. The NCCP Gymnastics Foundation Course and get ‘trained’ status
2. NCCP Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation complete (through the Locker)
3. Coaching experience (30 hours) monitored and reviewed by a certified coach (either an Introduction to Competition "certified" or NCCP Level 2 "certified" coach) in the sport a student is being evaluated

Coach 12 (UXSC 12) – 4 credits

Student coaches seeking to earn credit under the Coach 12 category must have participated in a pre-approved provincial sport organization coach education program. The following table indicates the sports that have been approved for Coach 12 credits:

Getting Credit

For Coach 12, a provincial sport organization must submit their association’s NCCP coach education program to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for review and approval. Program requirements include a minimum of 100 course hours composed of:

  • Instruction in the NCCP multi-sport modules and the sport technical component of the sport
  • Evaluation of student coaches in their knowledge of developing practice sessions and demonstrations of sport specific instruction
  • Practical coaching experience: Students are required to submit a verification letter of practical coaching experience to their provincial sport organization. A certified coach (Introduction to Competition "trained" or NCCP Level 2 "certified" coach) from the same sport must provide the verification letter of practical coaching hours.

Forms available here: GBC External Credit Program


  • Gymnastics BC sends a letter (or letters) for credits earned between January and May in the year following the competition season.
  • Letters are only sent for the first year of achievement (i.e. a second letter will not be sent for an athlete who represents Team BC a second time at the Western Canadian Championships).
  • Students may also achieve external credits for achievement meeting the government’s standards. GBC will send a letter to students who achieve these standards.
  • Students are responsible to present a copy of the letter(s) to their high school counsellor
  • Students achieving external credits prior to grade 10, are responsible to file this letter and present it once they have entered grade 10 and are earning graduation credits.


BC Government External Credential Sports Program

GBC External Credit Program


John Carroll, MAG Technical Education Manager, 604-333-3493, jcarroll@gymbc.org

Andrée Montreuil, Technical Director, 604-333-3491, amontreuil@gymbc.org