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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

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

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
n c i practicum mentorship
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.
commonwealth sport development
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
international olympic committee and the national coaching institute of canada
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


Box 1700, Victoria, BC, Canada

V8W 2Y2

E mail:


Phone: 250-721-8830

fax: 250 -721-8833