National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Training

The National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) is the cornerstone of coach education in Canada. Coaches of all 65 federally recognized sports receive their training and certification through the NCCP. The NCCP is for coaches at every context and for those coaching every age of athlete.  More information on the NCCP can be found at the Coaches Association of Ontario site or at the Coaches Association of Canada site.

Coaches taking education through the OCC will have their results and records stored in The Locker against your unique NCCP number.  If you already have an NCCP number you do not need to create another one but if you don’t already have one then you must create one before registering for a course.  It’s important for coaches to understand how to navigate their records within the Locker.  Please see our NCCP Instruction page for details on how to use and navigate The Locker.

Club Coach Youth

Club Coach Youth is designed for coaches who do not require certification but become involved on a voluntary (and often short-term) basis. Participants tend to work with curlers of all ages who are new to the sport, but most particularly with Youth Curlers.

Coaches who take this one day (1) workshop will become “Club Coach Youth Trained”. This coach will be able to instruct beginning curlers and youth curlers. A Club Coach Youth instructor will concentrate on the technical skills and leading curlers in activities that are age suitable and technically correct.

Prerequisite: Must be a minimum of fourteen (14) years of age at the start of the course.

Course Cost: $170 + HST

Course content:

  • Setting the Scene
  • Ethical Coaching
  • Practice Planning
  • Safety
  • Game Orientation
  • Teaching the Delivery & Brushing Skills
  • Program Management
  • Games, Skills and Activities

Register today for one of our Club Coach Youth Workshops:

LocationDate and TimeRegistration Closes
Barrie CCOctober 22, 2022 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pmOctober 17, 2022 - 9:00 am
Land O'Lakes CCOctober 29, 2022 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pmOctober 24, 2022 - 9:00 am
Cumberland CCOctober 30, 2022 - 9 am to 5 pmOctober 24, 2022 - 9 am
Simcoe CCNovember 5, 2022 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.October 31/2022 - 9:00 a.m.

Club Coach

Coaches who take this two-day workshop become “Club Coach Trained”. This workshop does not lead to CERTIFICATION. This is a program designed to enhance the skill set of the coach or instructor who functions primarily at the club level but whose teams are starting their competitive experience. The Club Coach will be competent in training curlers from youth to masters, with skill levels of beginning to intermediate. The Club Coach will be proficient in planning and designing a practice/clinic, ethical decision-making, teaching correct curling skills, skill analysis, safety and program management.

Prerequisite: Must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age at the start of the course.

Course Cost: $235 + HST

Course content:

  • Role of the Coach and Organizational Management
  • Game Orientation, Rules & Etiquette
  • Safety
  • Warm-ups & Cool-downs
  • The Curling Delivery
  • Introduction to Strategy
  • Brushing
  • Ethical Coaching
  • Practices
  • Clinics
  • Skill Analysis
  • Special Interest Groups

Register today for one of our Club Coach Workshops:

LocationDate/TimeRegistration Closes
Midland Curling ClubNovember 5 & 6, 2022
9 am to 5 pm
October 31, 2022 at
9:00 a.m.
Chatham Curling ClubNovember 5 & 6, 2022 9:00 am to 5:00 pmOctober 31, 2022 at 9:00 am

*To celebrate National Coaching Week, September 17 – 25, 2022, the OCC is offering a 10% discount on the Club Coach Courses being held on the weekend of September 24 and 25.

Competition Coach

Download the Competition Coach Training Pathway

 Designed for coaches who plan to work with athletes who are practicing and competing together.

Two-day workshop: spent on-ice and in the classroom

Prerequisite: None, but general knowledge of the game. (Minimum age is 14 years for training but cannot achieve certified status until after 16th birthday)

Course Cost: $290 + HST

In order to register for a workshop you must have a Curler Profile.  If you already have one, you do NOT need to create a new one.

Course content:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Strategy & Tactics
  • Skill Analysis
  • Practice Planning, including Safety and EAP (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Delivery Skills
  • Brushing Skills
  • Drills to Correct

After completing the workshop the coach is considered to be a “Competition Coach In-Training”.

Coaches may be eligible for funding support  for their training and evaluation fees through the Coaches Association of Ontario.



LocationDate/TimeRegistration Closes
North Bay CC October 22/23, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.October 17, 2022
9:00 a.m.
Oshawa CCOctober 22/23, 2022 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.October 17, 2022
9:00 a.m.
Chatham CCNovember 5/6, 2022 9:00 am to 5:00 pmOctober 31, 2022 - 9:00 am

To achieve “Competition Coach Trained” status a “Competition Coach In-Training” must:

  1. Complete the Multi-Sport “Make Ethical Decisions” workshop (3.5 hours) as offered by the Coaches Association of Ontario. For details go to Making Ethical Decisions. The workshop is available in-person, remote access webinar or as a home study. Occasionally the Ontario Curling Council may deliver the workshop in conjunction with a Competition Coach Workshop or as requested by the membership.  See below for MED-Curling Workshop dates and locations.

To achieve “Competition Coach Certified” status a “Competition Coach Trained” coach must:

  1. Complete an In-person Evaluation. This is a 2-hour evaluation session (one-on-one with an Evaluator) that follows the submission of a portfolio.  The coach must execute a complete practice session on ice with his/her team.  See instructions below for details.
  2. Successfully complete the on-line Make Ethical Decisions (MED) Evaluation at

Make Ethical Decisions/Make Ethical Decisions – Curling

Course Cost: $80 + HST

By successfully completing the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. MED training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

MED training is a cornerstone of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

MED – Curling is the same content as the Multi Sport Module, just delivered in a curling environment using Curling Coach Developers.


Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification in any new NCCP program. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation or to achieve certification, however, in certain programs it can lead to ‘trained’ status. Therefore, any coach wishing to attain ‘trained’ status should investigate taking MED training.

Once you have completed the MED training, and it appears on your locker transcript, you will have unlimited attempts at the MED evaluation included in your workshop fee.

If you choose to proceed directly to the MED evaluation without taking any training, please note the following (as of April 1, 2014):

  1. A fee of $85 will apply.
  2. You will have 2 attempts at passing the evaluation. If, after 2 attempts, you have not received a passing grade of 75%, you will need to sign up for MED training.

For more information on taking the MED online evaluation, please click here.

MED Workshops:

Multi Sport Make Ethical Decisions Workshops hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario (including online offerings).

MED – Curling Workshops

LocationDate/TimeEvent Details and RegistrationRegistration Deadline

Competition Coach Evaluation

In order to receive a “Certified” Competition Coach Status – coaches must successfully complete the MED online evaluation and the Curling on-ice Evaluation.

Coaches wishing to pursue evaluation must:

  1. Complete an Competition Coach Evaluation Request – you will be required to upload your completed practice plan,  emergency action plan and athlete profile.  Note that you will require a Curler Profile in order to complete the Evaluation Request.
  2. Pay your evaluation fee of $180 + HST.  Remember – coaches may be eligible for funding assistance through the Coaches Association of Ontario.
  3. When your plan is approved (revisions may be required) you will be notified by email, you may then contact a local evaluator set a mutually agreeable time for your evaluation.
  4. Upon completion of the evaluation, the evaluator will return all documentation to the OCC office, for entry into the NCCP Locker, and a copy of the signed evaluation (by both the coach and evaluator) will be returned to the coach via email.

Check out some helpful tips for successful evaluation:

  1.  All practices must contain Skill Detection and Correction – for this reason – early and mid season practices are best.
  2. On-ice practice time for evaluation purposes should not exceed 60 mins.
  3. All practices should have a clearly defined goal and activities should be consistent with that goal – example – if a Practice Goal is to improve draw weight consistency, Crazy 8’s takeout drill is not an activity which consistent with the practice’s goal.

Competition Development

The Competition Development program is being administered and delivered by Curling Canada nationally and is open to all provinces/territories.

The program is designed to assist the coach in taking their teams to the next level of provincial, national or international play.  The workshop focuses on the planning, strategy, analysis and program management needed to improve your team’s performance. Coaches should be actively working with a “Training to Compete” level team during this program  There is a small wheelchair curling component, so coaches working with athletes with a disability would also benefit from this program.

Funding assistance may be available for competition development training, tuition and travel costs (from Coaches Association of Ontario).

During the training coaches will learn:

  • Current technical skills
  • How to analyze technical and tactical performance
  • Performance planning
  • Program management
  • Advanced strategy
  • Advanced practice planning
  • Prevention and recovery (integrated multi-sport module)
  • Developing athletic abilities (integrated multi-sport module)

The program will take approximately 14 months to complete, as it requires writing, implementing, executing and debriefing an annual plan. In addition to the annual plan portfolio, two observation evaluations (a practice and a competitive environment) must be completed.  Webinars will be scheduled for material not covered in the in-person workshop. Coaches will need to complete the Competition Development Make Ethical Decision Online Evaluation and will need to complete the four remaining competition development multi-sport modules – Managing Conflict, Coaching and Leading Effectively, Psychology of Performance and Leading Drug Free Sport.

More information about Competition Development including training pathways and locations of the next workshops can be found here.


Still have more questions about the NCCP training process?  Contact Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs and Operations at