Coaching information


The Bachelor of Physical Education & Coaching (BPEC) believes in the development and education of coaches. In addition to the overall courses and curriculum offered in our Department, we provide the following opportunities for those students interested in a future full of coaching!


The Douglas College Sport Science (SPSC) Department, the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC), and ViaSport have teamed up to integrate the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) multi-sport modules into BPEC courses. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was created in Canada to unify national/provincial/territorial sport organizations across the country.


The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) have three (3) Coaching Streams:

  • “Community” Sport Coach Training – this stream is for coaches often coaching at the community level or thinking about coaching. This includes parents with a child involved in sport, those who volunteer, or those who work with participants of all ages.
  • “Competition” Coach Training – this stream is for coaches who usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. BPEC ‘trains’ students in this stream.
  • “Instruction” Coach Training – this stream is for coaches who already have sport-specific skills and training, whether coaching at the beginner or advanced skill levels. They teach or coach the sport in a variety of areas. Many are former participants in the sport.

For more information on the NCCP Coaching Certification Program, visit the CAC website.

As part of their BPEC journey, students must complete a series of non-academic requirements including NCCP Competition Introduction and Development. Graduating students will receive "trained status" in the following modules:

Professional Development ($15)

  • Fundamental Movement Skills (SPSC 1195)

NCCP Competition-Introduction ($75)

  • Basic Mental Skills (SPSC 2210)
  • Plan a Practice (SPSC 2210)
  • Teaching & Learning (SPSC 2210)
  • Design a Basic Sport Program (SPSC 2210)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (SPSC 2210) 
  • Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation - elearning Module accessed online via (Students must complete this on their own for the BPEC Non-Academic Graduation Requirements) 

Note: BPEC Students will only earn NCCP Competition Introduction "trained status" once all of the above are complete.

NCCP Competition-Development ($75)

  • Developing Athletic Abilities (SPSC 4199)
  • Prevention and Recovery (SPSC 3276)
  • Manage Conflict (SPSC 3240)
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively (SPSC 3240)
  • Psychology of Performance (SPSC 4231)
  • Leading Drug Free Sport eLearning Module - accessed online via (Students must complete this on their own for the BPEC Non-Academic Graduation Requirements; Additional payment required - not included in Comp. Development fee, approx. $50)

Note: BPEC Students will only earn NCCP Competition Development "trained status" once all of the above are complete.

NCCP offers additional modules that are not currently offered in our BPEC Program. These include:

Professional Development

  • Empower +
  • Aboriginal Coaching Module
  • Coaching in Secondary Schools
  • Making Head Way
  • Mentorship
  • Resistance Training

NCCP Competition Development

  • Advanced Practice Planning
  • Manage a Sport Program
  • Performance Planning

For more information on these additional modules, visit the CAC website. We also advise student to check with their respective Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) to confirm which additional modules may be required. 

"Trained" refers to Coaches who have participated in training opportunities and/or workshops to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction).

"Certified" refers to coaches who are “trained” and have been evaluated by a Sport NCCP Learning Facilitator (LF), in an actual “live” sport practice/game. They must demonstrate an 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.

The benefits of NCCP Coach Education being integrated into post-secondary education include:

  1. The opportunities for assessment and extended application of the core competencies and skills. The combination of degree delivery and Fieldwork experiences provides student-coaches the chance to learn, apply and debrief with both Faculty and community Coach mentors - bringing the concepts of NCCP Competency Based Education Training to life in a post-secondary setting!
  2. The convenience of completing an industry standard certification within an academic degree. Students not only save the time, they also save money by paying a reduced NCCP fee due. This is due to the fact that SPSC Faculty are NCCP Learning Facilitators, meaning their fee is covered in student tuition.


All BPEC students must complete a minimum of four fieldwork placements. Those students who are interested in a coaching-focused career path may complete up to three (69 hours) placements in a coaching setting. Coaching-specific sites will offer supervised on-the-job coach training in all areas of athlete development: physical, mental, tactical and technical sport-specific training. In addition, the networking opportunities with coaches, teachers and athletes is a planned benefit of Fieldwork in that student-coaches are exposed to current innovative coaching methods and meet people who can help students navigate their career paths.

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Your 2020-2021 Student Coaching Ambassador is Shelby Gingrich.

Hey there! My name is Shelby Gingrich and am in my 2nd year of the BPEC program.

I have been working with kids and coaching for about 10 years. I grew up playing all sports offered in school from volleyball to track & field, but spent most of my time playing Rep softball with the Richmond Islanders and Ladner Lightning. I have experience coaching kids in volleyball, basketball, soccer, and tennis. I have many amazing coaching memories. Kids are funny in the way that they have no filter and will say what is on their minds. One of the most rewarding moments I have had while coaching was when a parent of one of my youth sports classes came to me to thank me for my time coaching. She explained that her child did not play many sports growing up, but she fell in love with the sport and it was mainly because I was the coach. Seemingly small accolades from parents and athletes have always meant the world to me and make the many hours of creating lesson plans and early mornings so worth it.

I wholeheartedly believe that coaching goes far beyond a few 2 hour practices or games a week. Coaches can be a huge part of an individual’s life and can help shape their development if the proper time and effort is put in. I myself have had some amazing coaches growing up who have helped shape me into who I am and changed my life for the better. These coaches modeled the kind of person I wanted to be on and off the field/court.

Coaching has been a huge part of my life in a variety of ways and I can’t wait to shed light on the importance of student coaches.

Fun Fact: When I am not at school, work, or church, you will likely find me playing volleyball with friends or doing a puzzle.

2020/2021 Coaching Initiatives

One initiative I am excited to introduce is a monthly online ‘Coaches Corner’ where a different sport will be highlighted each month.  You can expect to find coaching resources, lesson plans, current news on the specific sport, and more!

If you have questions about coaching, my role, event ideas, or anything coaching related feel free to email me at