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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.


All BPEC students must complete a minimum of four fieldwork placements (Click here for more information on Fieldwork). 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.


Your 2019-2020 Student Coaching Ambassador is Shelby Gingrich! Shelby will be working on National Coaches Week initiatives and other coaching projects throughout the academic year. 

National Coaches Week is taking place from Sept 19th - 27th, 2020. Click here for more information.

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What is the National Coaching Certification Program?

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.

How is NCCP integrated into BPEC?

As part of their BPEC journey, graduating students receive "trained status" in the following modules: 

Professional Development

  • Fundamental Movement Skills (SPSC 1195)

NCCP Competition-Introduction 

  • 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 can be accessed online via
  • Nutrition (eLearning Module can be accessed online via

NCCP Competition-Development

  • Developing Athletic Abilities (SPSC 4199)
  • Prevention and Recovery (SPSC 3276)
  • Manage Conflict (SPSC 3240)
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively (SPSC 3240)
  • Leading Drug Free Sport (SPSC 3276)
  • Psychology of Performance (SPSC 4231)

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. 


In all courses that integrate NCCP modules, students must receive at least a ‘C’ grade on their transcript. Please read the following as it relates to academic transcript grades versus NCCP module grades.

  • "F": Student fails the course and has to re-take as per graduation requirements. Student must therefore re-take NCCP modules embedded in course (along with all other course requirements).
  • "C-": Student meets academic transcript requirement and ‘passes’ the course. However, student must be re-assessed on NCCP module components. Student must consult with instructor for the course and determine modified assignments/make-ups. Must be completed before graduation. This is an internal SPSC requirement.
  • "C" and above: Student meets academic and non-academic requirements. 

What is the difference between "trained" vs "certified" status?

"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.

What are the benefits of integrating NCCP into BPEC?

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.