About the Program
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What is the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma Program?
The NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) is the most extensive multi-sport training program offered by the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada. The curriculum provides the ability for coaches to engage with enhanced practical applications of cutting-edge research in an integrated, competency-based program across four thematic streams:
- Complete a self-management inventory and use it to create a personal improvement plan to enhance the coach’s leadership effectiveness and stress management capabilities.
- Identify and define your values, mission, and coaching philosophy, and articulate how these inform all aspects of your integrated YTP.
- Develop strategies to encourage innovation and creativity to make strategic decisions and build buy-in, including implementing, evaluating, and managing resistance to changes.
- Identify, develop, and apply strategies to communicate more effectively, advocate for a program or sport issue, manage values-based conflict effectively, and apply a systemic approach to team-building and team culture.
The NCCP ACD program is delivered by CSIO through a combination of facilitated sessions, workshops and practical/lab sessions. It is primarily a virtual program, with in-person learning opportunities scheduled each year.
The NCCP ACD program is approximately 270 hours of direct contact time with experts across a variety of disciplines, helping coaches develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to enable them to build their program coaching portfolio.
Why enroll in the NCCP ACD?
The NCCP ACD is a unique learning experience for coaches, offering many benefits including:
- Every coach in the NCCP ACD program is partnered with a Coach Mentor, who works with them 1:1 and in small groups to link the coach and their sport to the subject matter experts.
- Coaches also work with a Cohort Mentor, who provides an additional layer of support and mentorship for coaches in the program.
Subject Matter Experts
National and Multisport Collaboration
Who is eligible for this program?
The NCCP ACD is targeted to NCCP Competition-Development Certified coaches who have been working with Train to Train level athletes (or higher) for a minimum of three years. Coaches who are NCCP Competition-Development Trained, or who are Level 3 certified, may be considered for admission if they have also completed the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation. This may include:
- Canada Games and provincial head coaches
- Personal coaches of pre-carded, provincial carded, and developmental carded athletes
- Club coaches of highly ranked clubs and self-made/entrepreneurial coaches
- Post-secondary coaches (CIS, CCAA)
- NSO-identified coaches with potential to develop into coaches of high-performance athletes
- National Training Centre coaches and assistant coaches
Note: General guidelines indicate that coaches that engage in this diploma program should be coaching within a year-round program for typically twelve or more hours per week.
How do I apply?
Details on the application process for the next cohort of the ACD Program will be released soon. Stay tuned!
To apply to the program please visit your own coaching record in the CAC Locker and click on the tab on the left-hand side labeled “Advanced Coaching Diploma” to begin the application process.
How much is tuition?
The tuition for the NCCP ACD program is $1000 per term and there are a total of 4 terms. The total cost is $4000.
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