The Swimming Canada NCCP Challenge process is in place to allow coaches the ability to challenge a NCCP level without prior NCCP-specific training. Coaching certification ‘equivalency’ is not available.
Coaches will only be able to challenge the NCCP level equated to the swimmer performance level they are currently coaching. A ‘challenge’ will comprise of the submission request (see below), and a successful “portfolio” and/or “evaluations” required for certification at the respective NCCP level.
Who can challenge?
- Coaches who:
- Are currently living in Canada, AND;
- Are employed as a coach at a Swimming Canada affiliated swim club, or have been hired by a provincial section as the provincial coach (or lead technical employee), AND;
- Are currently responsible for or are actively coaching swimmers at the coaching level they are challenging.
What steps are required to challenge a NCCP level?
- Interested coaches must submit a ‘challenge request’ form found at the following link http://www.tfaforms.com/361318.
- The Provincial Section will verify that the NCCP level being challenged matches the level of swimmer that the coach is actively coaching as per descriptions below:
- Fundamentals – coaches preparing entry level competitive swimmers for local and / or regional competitions
- Age Group – coaches preparing developing competitive swimmers for Provincial and/or Age National competitions
- Senior Coach – coaches preparing developing competitive swimmers for Eastern or Western Championship, U-Sports University Championship, and Canadian Junior and Senior Championship
- Once submitted documentation is verified, the Provincial Section will request payment from coach (the amount of payment will depend on the level being challenged – see below).
- Once payment is received, the coach will receive an email outlining the required content of the portfolio submission and appropriate links to access the online portfolio tool.
- The portfolio work for the Fundamentals level must be completed and submitted within 3 months of the link being received.
- The portfolio work for the Age Group level must be completed and submitted within 6 months of the link being received.
- Portfolio A for the Senior Coach level must be completed and submitted within 3 months of the link being received. The coach then has an additional 6 months to complete portfolios B and C.
- The coach will receive an NCCP number and be accepted into the appropriate coach pathway, which will be kept on file with Swimming Canada.
NOTE: All information requested above must be submitted in French or English.
How much does it cost?
|NCCP Level||Breakdown of Costs||Total|
Portfolio Evaluation – $50
Admin fee – $50
|Age Group Coach||
Portfolio evaluation – $150
Competition evaluation – $150 + evaluator travel costs
Admin fee – $50
|$350 + evaluator travel costs|
Portfolio A evaluation – $200
Portfolio B + Training evaluation – $150 + evaluator travel costs
Portfolio C + Competition evaluation – $150 + evaluator travel costs
Admin fee – $50
|$550 + evaluator travel costs|
What happens after the portfolio work is completed?
- If a coach is successful with the evaluation of the assigned and completed portfolio, they are then required to complete the “Making Ethical Decisions” (MED) online evaluation to become fully certified
- If a coach is not successful with the evaluation of the assigned and completed portfolio, they will be notified, provided rationale for the denial, and will be required to take the appropriate NCCP course prior to the next portfolio attempt. The link to the course registration can be found here – https://edu.swimming.ca/index.php?page=245.