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NCCP Coach Training and Certification

Taekwondo Canada endorses and supports the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which is a nationally recognized coach training program involving most sports in Canada. In addition to core coach training, which is training applicable to coaches of all sports, National Sport Organizations (NSOs) also have sport specific coach training and certification.

NCCP Sport Specific training and certifications for Taekwondo include:

Assistant Instructor (AI) – Beginner Instruction NCCP
Dojang Coach (DC) – Competition Introduction NCCP
Performance Coach (PC) – Competition Development NCCP

Coaching Certification Process

1ST Step

Assistant Instructor (AI)

  • Be registered with Taekwondo Canada (Please speak with your PSO to register)
  • Complete Emergency First Aid Certification or higher
  • Complete the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation (
Option A
Option B
  • Register and complete AI Challenge evaluation

Evaluation / Challenge Evaluation means successfully completing:

Additional recommended training: NCCP Planning a Practice and Nutrition

2ND Step

Dojang Coach (DC)

  • Be registered with Taekwondo Canada (Please speak with your PSO to register)
  • Have completed Assistant Instructor certification
  • Complete Standard First Aid Certification with CPR Level C or higher
  • Complete the Making Headway Online Training (
  • Complete a Canadian Provincial or National Referee Course
Option A
Option B
  • Register and complete DC Challenge evaluation

Evaluation / Challenge Evaluation means successfully completing:

Additional recommended training: NCCP Planning a Practice, Nutrition, Basic Mental Skills, Design a Sport Programme, Teaching and Learning

3RD Step

Performance Coach (PC)

Option A
Option B
  • Register and complete PC Challenge evaluation

Evaluation / Challenge Evaluation means successfully completing:

Additional recommended training: Coaching and Leading Effectively, Developing Athletic Abilities, Psychology of Performance, Prevention and Recovery, Advanced Practice Planning, Performance Planning (

Certification and evaluation process

The NCCP is a competency-based program, meaning the NCCP is a program that certifies coaches based on proven abilities to “DO” certain things deemed important to meet the needs of the athletes they coach. Certification is based upon what a coach is able to demonstrate, not the training they may have undergone.

Coaches must go through an evaluation process in the context for which they seek certification. This includes the entire evaluation process for the context and includes requisite online multi-sport training/evaluations and other non-NCCP training/certifications.

Coaches do not receive credit for training modules they do not complete and there is no such thing as “equivalency”. Coaches may, however, seek evaluation without completing recommended NCCP training. This respects and recognizes current coaching competence for Canadian and foreign coaches with significant coaching experience or related background. When coaches seek to achieve “certified status” without completing the workshop training, coaches are challenging for certification.

Application for NCCP AI or DC Evaluation

Application for Performance Coach (PC) Evaluation

To Challenge for Certification, a coach must:

    • Complete requisite non-NCCP training and qualifications (like First Aid certification or referee training) for the context
    • Complete online training/evaluation requirements (like Make Ethical Decisions online evaluations) for the context
    • Complete the context portfolio
    • Undergo formal observation and review for the context


Application for NCCP AI or DC Challenge Evaluation

Application for Performance Coach (PC) Challenge Evaluation

Learning facilitator (LF/LE Application form)



    • In order to maintain certified status, coaches are required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities in which coaches already participate, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases, coaches are already earning their PD points — Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.
    • You can log into the Locker ( for an up-to-date record of your PD points. Go to the “Certification” tab and select “Maintenance” on the left side.
    • AI Certified – 10 points in five years
    • DC Certified – 20 points in five years
    • PC Certified – 30 points in five years

Coaches are eligible to receive two (2) Maintenance/Professional Development (PD) points for attending each PATU Coach course. To facilitate awarding coaches the PD points, please send an email to including the name, date of the event, and certificate of completion (if available).


    • In the Locker, your status will be “Certified – Not Renewed”.
    • You will not be eligible to coach at national events or on any TC event team until your status returns to “Certified”.
    • You can return to “Certified” status by earning the requisite points or re-doing the evaluation.

Got questions? Check out the FAQ page on CAC website:


For non-NCCP events, points may be earned at the rate of one (1) point/hour to a maximum of three (3) points per activity. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • WT/PATU coach seminar (required for coaches to participate in “G” ranked events) – 2 points
  • Referee seminars (National or IR) – 3 points
  • Annual provincial coach conference – 3 points
  • Provincial coach training update – [up to] 3 points (requires pre-approval from TC and CAC) 
  • Poomsae and Kyorugi Training camps – 3 points

NCCP events offer 5 points per workshop, including Locker e-Learning and Locker online evaluations.


There are different requirements for coaching at Taekwondo Canada events and at international WT events.

To coach at a Taekwondo Canada event and to coach on a Taekwondo Canada international team, you can find the requirements in the Coaching Standards Policy.

To coach at a WT event, requirements for each level are suggested by WT, certification requirements are additional to Taekwondo Canada’s national coaching certification program.

Please see the requirements at:

NCCP Coach Training and CertificationCertification and evaluation processMaintenance of NCCP CertificationCoaching requirements for Canadian national eventsCoaching ResourcesRegister for Workshop



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