Upon completion of the in-person clinic, a Coach will be considered ‘TRAINED’ under the auspices of Hockey Canada. This training provides the foundation of education and the necessary qualifications to coach. To be ‘CERTIFIED’, a formal evaluation must be completed. 

This evaluation gives the Coach the opportunity to demonstrate abilities/competencies. There are four (4) evaluation components:

  • A field evaluation completed by a qualified branch evaluator
  • Completion of task work submitted to the branch evaluator
  • Develop an Emergency Action Plan
  • Completion of Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online module through the CAC website (www.coach.ca)



‘Trained’ status indicates the Coach has attended an NCCP clinic and the Coach is ‘in process’ of completing evaluation to be ‘Certified’

  • Effective 2022-2023 Season, ‘Trained’ status carries no expiry
  • The development pathway for these Coaches is to move through the certification process


The certification process requires the Coach to show evidence of learning and is ‘competency-based’

  • ‘Certified’ status carries an expiry of 5 years
  • Coaches with ‘Certified’ status will have to complete a defined number of Professional Development points through the Hockey Canada Certification Maintenance Program
  • If a Coach with ‘Certified’ status does not acquire required Professional Development points, the qualification will show as NOT-RENEWED