No matter what level you are coaching, you will need a certification. BC Hockey, through Hockey Canada, follow the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) that outlines what is required. In addition to these requirements are a number of professional development opportunities for those coaches who wish to add supplemental knowledge to their arsenal.
NOTE: CHANGE TO INITIATION LEVEL CERTIFICATION FOR NEW COACHES
As of the 2017-18 season, those coaching initiation or novice hockey (H1-H4) will need to understand the following:
- If you have already completed the Coach 2 - Coach Level certification, you do not require any other certifications. However, Coach 1 - Intro to Coaching is a recommended supplemental program as it focuses on coaching cross-ice hockey which is not included in the Coach 2 course.
- If you are a new coach, and you are coaching initiation, Coach 1 - Intro to Coaching is the new required certification.
The links below will outline the following:
Hockey Canada - the general requirements and explanations
BC Hockey - clinic registration portal
Coaching Association of Canada - supplemental information and other opportunities