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Coaching Association of Canada NCI Sask What is it? A program of the Coaching Association of Canada, located at the site of 8 National Sport Centres (NSC) across the country.

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What is it?

A program of the Coaching Association of Canada, located at the site of 8 National Sport Centres (NSC) across the country.

Offers an eight month, full-time and a two year part-time, coaching education diploma program in sports coaching.


  • Level 3 certified in the NCCP program or International equivalent.

  • An NSF – approved candidate.

  • A minimum of three years experience coaching athletes, training in a

    year-round program.

  • An under graduate degree in physical education is recommended (but not required)

    Coaches Attending NCI (B.C.) 1986 -2003

    TOTAL: 236

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  • Full-time Program of Study

    • Winter session (August– April)

      • Practical coaching: Daily mentorship with master coaches.

      • Sport science modules of the diploma program, e.g. energy systems, mental preparation, etc.

    • Summer session (Optional but recommended)

      • Coaching placements with national or provincial level team.

  • Part-Time Program of Study (Two Year Program)

    • two year part-time program leading to diploma upon completion

    • sessions are held as a combination of weekends and weekdays

    • enables participants to maintain coaching responsibilities

    • program includes workshops / computer technology / distance education

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NCI Required Content

  • Coaching effectiveness

  • Computer Applications

  • Coaching Effectiveness

  • Additional content may be required by each ndividual NCI or NSF

  • Completion of mentoring program with designated Master Coach

  • Completion of final oral presentation:

    Year Plan Integration

  • Energy Systems

  • Strength Training

  • Nutrition

  • Mental Training

  • Practical Coaching

    Sport Specific

  • Planning and Periodization

  • Long-Term athlete Development

  • Leadership

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N.C.I. Practicum (Mentorship)

  • Master coach observations and assessments of the apprentice (estimated 23-35 hours)

    • Completion by the master coach of a check list of observations of the apprentice’s training sessions, at least once per week.

  • Apprentice observations of the master coach.

    (estimated 25- 35 hours)

  • Regular tutorials with the master coach to cover the topics in the Practical Workbook.

    (estimated 24-35 hours)

  • Regular interviews with the master coach, apprentice coach, and N.C.I. Director and submission of Quarterly reports.

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Commonwealth Sport Development

  • The National Coaching Institute Victoria campus has hosted the CSDP High Performance Coaches Scholarship Program since 1994

  • In partnership with the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada and PacificSport, Canadian Sport Centre Victoria, providing scholarship support

  • 11coaches have graduated from the Full Time 8 months Diploma Program in Victoria

    • Caribbean Region

      • Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados , St Kitts/Nevis , St Lucia

    • African continent

      • Zimbabwe, Namibia , Malawi , Zambia, Sri Lanka

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International Olympic Committee and The National Coaching Institute of Canada

  • An approved Training Centre by the IOC, the NCI – Canada can provide a combined Diploma program in Sport Science and practical coaching.

  • National Olympic Committees may obtain scholarship support from the IOC Olympic Solidarity Program if their candidate is accepted by the NCI – Canada at any of the eight program sites across the country.

    Non scholarship candidates since 1996

  • Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, China, Switzerland, India, Botswana, England, Zambia

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CONTACT Institute of Canada


Box 1700, Victoria, BC, Canada

V8W 2Y2

E mail:


Phone: 250-721-8830

fax: 250 -721-8833