Become A Coach

As of May 1st, 2011 CKC's Code of Safety requires all persons working with on-water participants in the CanoeKayak Canada environment must have, as a minimum, completed Community Coach (Canoe Kids) training. 


To proceed, create your free coach account at where you can search for multi-sport and sport specific courses. NCCP Multi-Sport modules may be delivered in-person, online, through self-guided Home Study, or through eLearning formats.

See all NCCP Multi-Sport Coaching Modules at

See NCCP Multi-Sport Module Calendar at

NOTE: CanoeKids is not in the Competition Stream and only "trained" status is possible, not "certification".

Training vs. Certification

The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction) as defined by the sport and be considered "trained".

To become "certified" in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.

Certified coaches enjoy the credibility of the sporting community and of the athletes they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach in their sport. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by more than 60 national sport organizations in Canada. Fostering confidence at all levels of sport, certification is a benefit shared by parents, athletes, sport organizations, and our communities.

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

  • In Training – a coach who has completed some of the required courses for a given sport context

  • Trained – a coach who has completed all required courses for a given sport context

  • Certified – a coach who has been evaluated for a given sport context