Do you want to become involved in coaching triathlon? You've come to the right place!

Why become involved?

  • Spread the fun spirit and healthy lifestyle associated with triathlon.

  • Promote inclusion and participation for all athletes.

  • Help athletes successfully reach their goals.

  • Personal growth and professional development.

  • Help grow the wonderful sport of triathlon in Alberta


Triathlon Canada National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Revised Pathway

A full review of the Triathlon Canada National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) has been completed. Working in collaboration with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), a new coaching certification model has been developed and approved for implementation.

This new model includes the following NEW ITEMS: registration system, defined pathways, course content, assessment criteria, and skills catalogue database linked to a tool for developing Individual Performance Plans (IPP) and Yearly Training Plans (YTP). For those that are already certified or trained, a framework has been developed for grandfathering existing coaches into the new system.

KEY CHANGES

1) Registration: All coaches must register with Triathlon Canada and affiliate with their Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) in order to be trained or certified at any level. Registered status will be contingent on completion of a Criminal Background Check and the Respect in Sport training.

2) Pathways: The coaching pathways have been changed to increase the training for those on the Community Coaching Pathway. Community Coaching and Competition Introduction have been combined to create the new Community Coach designation. Competition Coaching is now a single pathway with the option to gain a High Performance Competition designation.


Coaching Certification

The Triathlon Canada coaching certification program has some elements that are sequential, but there is no expectation that every coach be certified as a Community Coach, and then follow a progression into Competition Coaching. Some coaches may go directly into the Competition stream or vice versa. Regardless of the end-goal, certification starts in the same place for everyone:

Basic Registration to become a Triathlon Canada Registered Coach

STEP 1) Create a Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Account: NCCP Number

STEP 2) Register with Triathlon Canada & Affiliate with your Provincial Sport Organization (PSO): Criminal Background Check/Respect in Sport

  • Complete the “Respect in Sport” training

    • Hosted through the Respect Group

    • Upload completed certification into your NTRS account

  • Complete a Criminal Background Check (must be renewed every 2 years)

    • Upload completed background check into your NTRS account

STEP 3) Complete CAC Module “Making Ethical Decisions”: Online Assessment

STEP 4) Complete Provincial Officiating Level 1

 Triathlon Canada Registered Coach


COMMUNITY COACHING PATHWAY

STEP 1) Complete the Basic Registration Requirements as mentioned above: CAC account/Criminal Background check/Respect in Sport/Making Ethical Decisions/Officiating Level 1

STEP 2) Complete Required CAC Multisport Modules: 5 Modules

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Nutrition

  • Basic Mental Skills

  • Planning a Practice

  • Design a Basic Sport Program

Once Step 2 is Completed the designation is Triathlon Canada Community Coach In-Training

STEP 3) Complete the Triathlon Canada NCCP Community Coaching Course: Adult/Youth

Once Step 3 is Completed the designation is Triathlon Canada Community Coach Trained

STEP 4) Complete the Community Coaching Assessment: In-Competition Assessment

Once Step 4 is Completed the designation is Triathlon Canada Community Coach Certified

Triathlon Canada Community Coach Certified

COMMUNITY COACH EVALUATION

STEP 1) Coach Registration

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Respect in Sport

  • Making Ethical Decisions Module

  • Provincial Officiating Level 1

STEP 2) Certification Registration & Evaluator Assignation

STEP 3) Portfolio Submission

  • Season Plan

  • Practice Plan

  • Emergency Action Plan

STEP 4) Observation in Competition


COMPETITION COACHING PATHWAY

STEP 1) Complete the Basic Registration Requirements: CAC Account/Criminal Background Check/Respect in Sport/Making Ethical Decisions/Officiating Level 1

STEP 2) Complete Required CAC Multisport Modules: 8 Modules

  • Be Training in Community Coaching OR complete;

    • Planning a Practice

    • Building a Basic Sport Program

  • Conflict Management

  • Leading Drug-Free Sport

  • Coaching and Leading Effectively

  • Developing Athletic Abilities

  • Prevention and Recovery

  • Psychology of Performance

Once Step 2 in Completed the designation is: Triathlon Canada Competition Coach in-Training

STEP 3) Complete the Triathlon Canada NCCP Training Prerequisite Requirements: Swimming 101/Skills & Tactics (Road Cycling)/Club Coach Endurance (Athletics)

STEP 4) Register to Competition Certification: Mentor Attribution

STEP 5) Mentor/Mentee Meeting: Intro to IPP/YTP Tool and Certification Process

STEP 6) Complete IPP/YTP Tool: With Mentor

Once Step 6 is completed the designation is: Triathlon Canada Competition Coach Trained

STEP 7) Complete Assessment: Portfolio/In-Competition

Once Step 7 is completed the designation is: Triathlon Canada Competition Coach Certified

Triathlon Canada Competition Coach Certified

COMPETITION COACH EVALUATION

STEP 1) Coach Registration

  • Criminal Background Check

  • Respect in Sport

  • Making Ethical Decisions Module

  • Provincial Officiating Level 1

STEP 2) Certification Registration & Mentor/Mentee Assignation

STEP 3) Meeting Between Mentee/Mentor

  • Explain the IPP Tool and Certification Process

STEP 4) Complete the IP/YTP Tool

  • Receive feedback from Mentor

STEP 5) Submit Final IPP/YTP

STEP 6) Submit Portfolio Tasks and Complete Observation Session

  • In Training Support: Based on the IPP/YTP for a specific athlete provide:

    • 1 Weekly Plan in general preparation

    • 1 Practice Plan and the related Emergency Action Plan

    • 1 video showing an identified technical gap of the athlete and the implementation of the intervention

    • With the mentor debrief the intervention and it’s impact

  • In Competition Support: Based on the IPP/YTP for a specific athlete provide:

    • A Competition Plan including strategies and tactics

    • A Tapering Plan

    • Set up observation in competition with the mentor

    • Debrief of the competition with the mentor

  • Program Management: Powerpoint presentation of a meeting with parents/athletes to present the program

  • Leading Drug Free Sport online evaluation

  • Managing Conflict online evaluation


COMPETITION HIGH PERFORMANCE PATHWAY

The Competition High Performance Pathway will be included in the next phase of development.

Back to top