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Coaching Certification Reminders

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 07/28/16, 11:00AM EDT

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Ensure you have the proper certification before the season starts

With the new OMHA season soon to be just around the corner, it can be time to start checking off items on your summer hockey checklist. You don’t want to find yourself playing catch up before the season starts.

For coaches, it is essential that you have the proper certification required to be behind the bench. These are regulations created by Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey Federation to ensure that all coaches are trained under uniform guidelines.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding coaching certification.

What requirements do I need to coach my team?

Refer to the chart below:

  • Coaches of House League/Local League/ Minor Development / Rostered Select in divisions below Novice (Initiation & Tyke) must hold Coach 1-Intro to Coach qualification - No other qualifications are accepted
  • Coach 2-Coach Level ‘Trained’ or higher: Coach 2-Coach Level ‘Trained’ or ‘Certified’; Development 1 ‘Trained’ or ‘Certified’; High Performance 1 & 2 ‘Trained’ or ‘Certified’
  • Development 1 ‘Trained’ or higher: Development 1 ‘Trained’ or ‘Certified’ or; High Performance 1 & 2 ‘Trained’ or ‘Certified’
  • Development 1 ‘Certified’ or higher: Development 1 ‘Certified’ or; High Performance 1 & 2 ‘Trained’ or ‘Certified’
  • High Performance 1 ‘Certified’ or higher: High Performance 1 & 2 ‘Certified’

How can I check what certification I have?

Log in to your Hockey Canada eHockey account. This allows you to view what qualifications you currently have as well as clinics that are offered.

Where can I get new certification?

A list of clinics that offer different qualifications can be found here.

Do assistant coaches and trainers behind the bench need certification also?

Trainers need to have HTCP Level 1, while any assistant coaches need to have the same qualifications that the head coach has.

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