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It is now easier than ever to become a qualified hockey coach - and we’ve got all the information you need to get started.

By getting on the coaching ladder, individuals have the opportunity to progress through the various Hockey Canada and OMHA coaching qualifications while constantly enhancing their skills and knowledge.

The OMHA delivers courses for aspiring coaches at all levels, which are offered across the OMHA. Your pathway as a hockey coach is based on the age and level of players you will be working with. 

OHF to Host High Performance 1 Seminars

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) working with the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) and Hockey Canada will see significant changes to Coach Education effective the 2014-2015 season.

All Head Coaches coaching Bantam 'AAA' (Minor and Major), Midget 'AAA' (Minor or Major) , must be High Performance-1 'Certified' according to the Hockey Canada policy by the 2015-2016 season. All Assistant Coaches must hold Development 1. This would take effect starting in the 2015-2016 season.

Entry Points for Coaches

Entry points for coaches are based on each program design being geared towards providing an educational opportunity for coaches who are working with a specific group of athletes.

Speak Out! / Respect in Sport [RIS]: All Team Officials are required to hold Speak Out! [PRS] or Respect in Sport [RIS] - Activity Leader Program certification and registered with the OMHA in addition to all other Certification appropriate to their position, in place prior to the approval of their Team Roster.

Renewing Coach Certification

OMHA Coaching Certification expires every three [3] years [This applies to Coach Stream, Development 1 and Development 2 certification. Intro Coach [CHIP] and High Performance do not expire]. Coaches can renew their certification in two [2] ways:

  1. Attend a 4-hour Coach Refresher clinic or;
  2. Meet requirements of the Continuing Education Program [CEP] and accruing 20 credit points by attending recognized specialty clinics, conferences, and seminars.

Ian Taylor

Director, Development Programs