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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!


Your 2018-2019 Student Coaching Ambassador is Andrew Gallant!

Andrew Gallant Coach Ambassador

"I’m Andrew Gallant, a fourth-year BPEC student and the 2018-2019 student Coaching Ambassador. In the future I plan on using my degree to teach elementary school. In doing this I hope to teach children important and useful information, particularly in physical health literacy. I have played box lacrosse since age 3, and started coaching at age 17. Since, I have coached children ranging from u-11 to u-18, I have also coached the nationals with Team BC, and I have coached professionally in Burnaby. I have also played field lacrosse since age 7, and started coaching at age 16. Since coaching field lacrosse I have coached young kids ranging from u-8 to u-14, and during fieldwork in the BPEC program I helped coach STMC’s field lacrosse team grades 8 - 12. Through this coaching I have become certified with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

The reason I love coaching, and I am wanting to become a teacher is that both of these positions provide a platform to make an impact on a person’s life as a role model, or just as a person who can make someone feel better. This goes along with what John Wooden says about coaching, “A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life”. Although every person who I coach has different goals with sport and physical activity, I try to help them get the most out of the sport so I can help them reach their goals.

As the 2018-2019 Student Coaching Ambassador, it is my vision to spread awareness about the positive impact a coach can have. I also want to spread knowledge about how you can become a coach and the positive impact coaching will have on you as a coach. Anyone who has played sports can attest to the importance a coach has on your outlook on the sport and the team. A good coach will make you a better player and a person, but a bad coach can break you down and take the fun out of the game and make you not want to play anymore. I hope that in the near future their will only be good coaches so everyone who plays sports has a positive experience.

If you have any questions about coaching at all don’t hesitate to contact me via email. I am happy to help with any question or problem with coaching, and if I don’t know the answer we can work together to find your answer."


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.


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, graduating students receive "trained status" in the following modules: 

Professional Development

  • Fundamental Movement Skills (SPSC 1195)

NCCP Competition-Introduction 

  • Nutrition (SPSC 2210)
  • Ethical Decision Making (SPSC 2210)
  • Mental Skills (SPSC 2210)
  • Plan a Practice (SPSC 2210)
  • Teaching & Learning (SPSC 2210)
  • Design a Sport Program (SPSC 2210)

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. 

"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.