A coach is described as:

In Training – when a coach has completed some of the required training for a context;

Trained – when a coach has completed all required training for a context;

Certified – when a coach has completed all evaluation requirements for a context.

The new 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 as defined by the sport. However, 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.

For Swimming Canada coaching levels, the following criteria are in place for each stage of certification:

Swimming Teacher

TRAINED = Red Cross Water Safety Instructor or I Can Swim Teacher or Lifesaving Instructor NCCP application has been received and Make Ethical Decision training is complete.

 

CERTIFIED = Successful evaluation of all NCCP Swimming Teacher evaluation requirements;

  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation (Instruction context version)

Fundamentals Coach (Level 1)

IN TRAINING = Submit complete Swimming 101 pre-course workbook

 

TRAINED * = Successfully complete Swimming 101 pre-course workbook AND Swimming 101 course

 

CERTIFIED = Successful evaluation of all of the Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) evaluation requirements;

  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation (Competition Introduction version)
  • Fundamentals Coach (Level 1) Portfolio & Assessment

* Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training is not a requirement for Swimming Canada “Trained” status, however it is required for a trained status to appear on a NCCP transcript.

Age Group Coach (Level 2)

IN TRAINING = Submit complete Multi-Sport Part B, Swimming 201 pre-course workbook

 

TRAINED * = Successfully complete Multi-Sport Part B AND Swimming 201

 

CERTIFIED = Successful evaluation of all of the Age Group Coach (Level 2)  evaluation requirements;

  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation (Competition Introduction version)
  • Age Group Coach (Level 2) Portfolio
  • Age Group Coach (Level 2) evaluation at a competition

* Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training is not a requirement for Swimming Canada “Trained” status, however it is required for a trained status to appear on a NCCP transcript.

Senior Coach (Level 3)

IN TRAINING = Submit complete Multi-Sport Competition Development modules – Coaching & Leading Effectively, Developing Athletic Abilities

TRAINED * = Successfully complete all 6 Competition Development multi-sport modules and Swimming 301

CERTIFIED = Successful evaluation of all of the Senior Coach (Level 3)  evaluation requirements;

  • Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation (Competition Development version)
  • Senior Coach (Level 3) Portfolio A, B and C
  • Senior Coach (Level 3) evaluation at a training session
  • Senior Coach (Level 3) evaluation at a competition

* Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training is not a requirement for Swimming Canada “Trained” status, however it is required for a trained status to appear on a NCCP transcript.