Skiers interested in coaching athletes progressing through cross-country ski club programs, are encouraged to pursue NCCP training. Coaching courses enhance the enjoyment of the sport – even if you don’t intend to coach or assist in a formal capacity.  Many families report an enriched skiing experience after taking the online entry-level courses.  

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program offered in over 65 sports in Canada.  The principal objective of this program is to develop the abilities of coaches working with athletes at all levels, from the community level through to high-performance sport.

The NCCP is a collaborative program of the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Athlete and Coach Development Progression – LTAD and NCCP

The NCCP provides a seven stage coach development progression, that corresponds to the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).  Courses are delivered across a variety of  formats, including: online, curriculum assignments, workshops, and on-snow practicums.  

Learn more about about the training components for various ages groups, see table below.

Athlete AgeLTAD StageNCCP Context
23 +/- males
23 +/- females
Training to Win(T2W)Competition Coaching:
High Performance (CCHP)
20 – 23 +/- males
19 – 23 +/- females
Training to Compete(T2C)Competition Coaching:
Development – Advanced Gradation (CDAG)
16 – 20 +/- males
15 – 19 +/- females
Learning to Compete(L2C)Competition Coaching:
Development (CCD)
12 – 16 males
11 – 15 females
Training to Train(T2T)Competition Coaching:
Introduction advanced (CCI-advanced – T2T)
9 – 12 males
8 – 11 females
Learning to Train(L2T)Competition Coaching:
Introduction (CCI – L2T)
6 – 9 males6 – 8 femalesFUNdamentals(FUN)Community Coaching (CC)
0 – 6Active Start(AS)Community Coaching: 
Introduction (ICC)

Para Nordic – Competition Coaching

The coach development progression for Para-Nordic coaches (coaching athletes with a disability) includes the following:

Competition Coaching Introduction (CCI) | Para-Nordic

Competition Coaching Development (CCD) | Para-Nordic

Coaching athletes with a disability is in the development phase in Nova Scotia. Please contact us for further information. We are happy to connect you to people in your area.

NCCP – First Course Online

Community Coaching: Introduction 100% online.  This introductory course can be completed at your pace and allows users to pause sessions.  Whether you’re interested in gaining skills to help your child have more fun outside in winter, developing an athlete, or systematically increasing your knowledge base of the sport – this course provides a good foundation.  

Teenagers (14 yrs plus) are welcome to enrol in coaching courses.  There is a tremendous amount of research demonstrating the positive benefits for mental well-being of teenagers who volunteer.  Young people gain leadership skills and find a sense of purpose through sport. A minimum age of 14 is required to enrol.  Learn more about the Benefits of Teenagers Volunteering.


1. Coaching Initiation to Sport | Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

2. Community Coaching:  Introduction | National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Registration Instructions (click here).  Coaching Association of Canada’s “Coaching Initiation to Sport” is a pre-requisite to enrolling in the “Community Coaching:  Introduction”. This course provides strategy for delivering messages to athletes across all ages and abilities.

2019 – 2020 NCCP Calendar, Nova Scotia

Introductory to Community CoachingOnlineClick Here
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There are currently no coaching courses scheduled for Nova Scotia. Please check with your local club for confirmation.


NCCP courses will be listed on the CCNS Calendar in addition to the above table.

2019 – 2020 NCCP Calendar, Canada

View course listings across Canada on the NCCP Website Calendar. Not all divisions enter courses on this calendar. For additional accuracy of courses offered in Canada, please check directly with divisions.

Divisions Websites

Check division website links below for upcoming courses.

Cross Country AlbertaLink
Cross Country BCLink
Cross Country New BrunswickLink
Cross Country NLLink
Cross Country North West TerritoriesLink
Cross Country Prince Edward IslandE-mail
Cross Country SaskatchewanLink
Cross Country Ski Association of ManitobaLink
Cross Country Ski OntarioLink
Ski de Fond QuebecLink
Cross Country YukonLink

NCCP – Coach Developers

Considered experts in learning and coaching, coach developers deliver  the NCCP coach training. Coach developers include master coach developers, learning facilitators, and coach evaluators.  Learn more about these key roles, view the Coaching Association of Canada website:


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Athlete Development

Athlete development matrix

Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) | CS4L

Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) | NC


Coaching NS

Coaching Development Articles |NC

Athlete Development Matrix. Subscribe | Coaching Resources | NC

Awards Coaching | NC 

Coaching Licence | NC

Instructional DVDs | XC Zone | CANSI

Newsletter | CANSI

Coaching Policies and Procedures |NC

Coaching Association of Canada |CAC

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) | CAC

Professional Development & Grants | NC

Long Term Coach Development Concept | CS4L


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