The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the Coaching Association of Canada’s flagship program, and has been identified as a world leader in coach education. The NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed and is designed and delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations.

For complete information on NCCP visit the Coaching Association of Canada website at

Trained vs. Certified

The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction) as defined by the sport and be considered "trained".

To become "certified" in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

  • In Training - when they have completed some of the required training for a context

  • Trained - when they have completed all required training for a context

  • Certified - when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context

Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.

The Coaching Association of Canada works with National Sport Organizations across Canada in the development of sport-specific NCCP training.

Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie currently offers the following NCCP workshops.


Designed to be presented to athletes and coaches from other sports and participants from the health and fitness sector wishing to use Olympic weightlifting skills to improve their performance, this 2-day workshop can be tailored to any age range, and is offered in both a weightlifting training hall and classroom setting. Participants will ultimately learn proper weightlifting skills and techniques, as well as learn how to assist athletes in their lifts.


Coaches will leave this course feeling confident about developing their weightlifting athletes’ performance and will be equipped to steer them toward a progressive competitive environment. Designed for people who have an Olympic weightlifting background as an athlete, assistant coach, or trainer, this 2-day workshop will enable coaches to gain the skills and knowledge to confidently present their athletes in competitions.


This course supports provincial, national, and international level coaching as well as advanced instruction in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. This 2-day workshop includes both theoretical and practical instruction, after which candidates are required to complete a number of multi-sport modules through the NCCP. Those who have completed the multi-sport modules are then evaluated while coaching at National level competitions.

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