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Please scroll down to the very bottom of this page as there is a lot of information on this page including Continuing Education, NCCP information, Coach Developer Training, Coach Screening, Quest for Gold Bursary, and the ACA Top 10 Coach Program.


The first step in becoming a ski coach is to take the Entry Level Coaching Course (formerly Level I CSCF). Before starting down this path we encourage skiers to become familiar with the related documents here, including:


Welcome to the Alpine Canada/ Alpine Ontario Entry Level Coach Pathway. Please review the following information carefully.

The Entry Level Coach Pathway – Trained/ Certified/ Advanced Certified

NCCP – National Coaching Certification Program – all coaches have a national sport account and profile found at www.coach.ca

ACA CSC – Alpine Canada Alpin – Canada Ski Coach – all alpine ski coaches have a sport-specific account and profile found at www.snowreg.com



Entry Level Trained Status – minimum 15 years old on day 1 of the course

• Entry Level Preparatory e-learning Module – NCCP Locker – www.coach.ca
• 3 Day On Snow Course and pass evaluation (candidates who do not pass can assist a licensed and accredited coach at a club until they pass the skiing skill portion)

Entry Level Certified Status

• Make Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation – NCCP Locker – www.coach.ca (e-learning tab filter ‘multisport’)
• Practical Coaching Mentor ProgramPortfolio Part A

Entry Level Advanced Certified Status

• Intro to Terrain Park elearning Module – NCCP Locker – www.coach.ca

• Setting Environments to Develop Athletic Abilities Module – (delivered at your club)
• Practical Coaching Mentor ProgramPortfolio Part B

For more information –

Alpine Canada Coach Education Website

Course Registration

Sarah Edwards – AOA Manager Coach Education and Delivery sedwards@alpineontario.ca

Please note ACA changed the age for the Entry Level courses to 15 years old (as of the first day of the course) . Questions about the coaching pathway should be directed to your club Head Coach and/or members of the AOA’s Athletic Committee.

AOA Development Level (DL) & Performance Level (PL) Coaching Courses

DL course: TBA

PL course – TBA 
** Please contact Sarah if interested in participating

If you have any questions regarding any of the coaching courses listed above please contact Sarah Edwards


ACA Coach Education requires that coaches who are actively coaching in the current season to complete annual professional development activities in order to be “Licensed”. Click here to read the ACA Coach Licensing Policy.

The annual cycle is August 1 to July 31, credits earned between February 1 and July 31 apply to both the current cycle and the next cycle. Providing an 18-month window in which to accumulate licensing credits for any given annual period. It is the coach’s responsibility to complete licensing requirements.
Ongoing requirements vary based on accreditation:

  1. Entry Level Trained – 2 continuing education credits & 1 risk management credit
  2. Any other accreditation status – 4 continuing education credits & 1 risk management credit

Credits are achieved by completing:

  1. Any certification or professional development events run by ACA Coach Education including any of the online modules.
  2. Approved ongoing education activities offered by other agencies including clubs, PTSOs, CSIA, NCCP, other sports with relevance to skiing or other non-sport organizations.
  3. Risk Management credit hours must be ski coaching specific and be at least one hour in duration


    1. Core Training: Provides Coach Developers with the skills to perform their role. For a calendar of upcoming training opportunities, please click here.
    2. Content-specific Training (sport or multi-sport): This includes micro facilitation and/or micro evaluation which give Coach Developers an opportunity to practise delivery with their peers.
    3. Co-delivery: This is a chance for the new Coach Developer to practise with real coaches alongside an experienced Coach Developer.
    4. Evaluation: Evaluation confirms that the Coach Developer is capable of certain abilities which are deemed necessary in the training of coaches.

    To qualify for selection as a Coach Developer, an individual must have successfully completed the online evaluation of Make Ethical Decisions AND successfully demonstrated his or her competency by completing the relevant role-specific pathway.

    Current coach developers, please review your records in the www.canskicoach.org database and your NCCP Locker, www.coach.ca, and advise us if you have completed the following:

    • NCCP Multi Sports Module – Make Ethical Decisions (MED) and on line evaluation.
    • Complete NCCP LF core training
    • Complete NCCP CE core training
    • Complete sport specific training – dates to be announced Fall 2017
      • Sport specific CE training will occur online and will be announced formally next month
      • Sport specific LF training dates will be announced next month

    Please report your training record using this Google form (https://goo.gl/forms/Uya87zu8uvYM4tcr2).

    We will not accept an email with your training history; please use the Google form link to report your training, facilitation and evaluation history. 

    Coaches interested in becoming candidates can find more detailed information underneath “look for jobs” at  www.canskicoach.org.


    Please review Alpine Canada Alpin’s site for more information.


      The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), launched in 1974 and delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations, gives coaches the confidence to succeed.

      When you take an NCCP workshop, you’ll not only gain sport-specific technical abilities, but also leadership and decision-making skills. NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life.

      Need to complete some of the multi-sport modules including Making Ethical Decisions to reach the next level of certification? The NCCP runs several multi-sport modules each month during different days of the week. All Canadian ski coaches associated with Alpine Canada are required to complete the NCCP Multi-sport Module, Making Ethical Decisions. Learn more on the NCCP Workshop Calendar.

      You can also contact your NCCP PTSO representatives for more information: http://www.coach.ca/-p140497


      Dive into the bi-monthly NCCP-inspired advice on everything from practice planning to resistance training. You’ll find plenty of practical information to support your athletes better. #CoachToolKit 


      The Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) has a program – Quest for Gold – to help coaches receive up to 60% of your course fees back.

      How Much Will I Receive?

      Up to a maximum of $300 per individual in the fiscal year (April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019) will be available to cover up to 60% of course registration fees (workshop training) and up to 70% for completion of certification process (portfolio + evaluation).

      Are you applying for taking a workshop only?


      Or are you applying for a bursary to cover the evaluation process as well?

      Am I Eligible?

      Bursaries can only be applied to individual coaches:

      • coaching of a QfG eligible sport
      • a resident of Ontario
      • working directly with Ontario competitive athletes preparing them for regional, provincial, national and international competition
      • who complete NCCP training in Competition or Instruction Stream
      • who paid the fees them self.