Professional development

The competency based approach of coach training includes evaluating the coach before issuing certification. Another component will be the requirement of ongoing professional development to maintain that certification.

This is not fully in place yet. Once the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has transferred the old coach certifications (Levels 1-5) into the new NCCP (i.e. Gymnastics Foundations, Competition-Development etc.) coaches will be required to meet professional development requirements to maintain their certification status. These requirements will be tracked in the NCCP database, referred to as the Locker.

Gymnastics Canada (GCG) has selected the longest time allowed for the professional development activities to be completed: five years. So once the change takes effect, certified coaches will have up to five years to complete the professional development activities required to maintain their certification.

The specific professional development requirements have not yet been determined but will likely include: taking a new NCCP course, re-taking an NCCP course and attendance at a recognized coaching conference (i.e. GBC Congress, National Sport Leadership Conference, etc.).

Gymnastics BC will communicate the professional development requirements once the exact activities that are eligible and how many (or the number of hours) that will be required are known.

The professional coach

These professional development requirements will further enhance the concept of the professional coach. This is similar to any professional society (engineers, doctors, fundraisers, accountants, etc.) where ongoing learning and professional development enhance the profession and strengthen its reputation.

The initial NCCP certification is similar to the requirements for acceptance into a professional society. As with any of these societies, ongoing professional development is required to maintain membership.


John Carroll, Technical Education Manager, 604-333-3493,