Coach Education Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to take a coaching workshop?  

At the start of the workshop coaches must be 15 years old to participate in the Community Coach (Canoe Kids) workshop and 16 years old to participate in the Competition Introduction (ELCC) workshop.

I will be coaching Canoe Kids, U11 and U13 paddlers at my club this summer; what level of certification should I have?


To coach Canoe Kids, U11 or U13 at your club you should be Canoe Kids certified.  The Canoe Kids course is a one day course offered in EOD and WOD every Spring.  There are no pre-requisites for this course.


I will be coaching U15, U16 and U17 at my club this summer; what level of certification should I have?


To coach U15, U16 and U17 at your club you should be Entry Level Competitive Coach (ELCC) Certified.  The ELCC is a full weekend course offered by OCSRA every spring in either EOD or WOD.  To become ELCC certified you will need to do an on-water evaluation and complete the Making Ethical Decisions online exam.  In addition, you must also complete the following Multisport Modules:  Making Ethical Decisions, Plan a Practice, Basic Nutrition and Teaching & Learning.  These courses are offered by the Coaching Association of Ontario.  For more information see question # 4


I want to cox a war canoe at a championship regatta.  What certification do I need?


To cox a war canoe at any championship event (Divisional, Provincial or National), the cox is required to be at a minimum ELCC certified.


Where do I go to take the Intro to Competition Multisport modules?


Multisport modules are offered through the Coaching Association of Ontario and can be found all over the province.  For an up to date list click on the following link:  There are also some modules offered via online learning.  These courses can also be found by clicking on the link above.


I would like to complete the Making Ethical Decisions test where do I go?


There are currently two versions of this evaluation.  If you are taking this evaluation as part of a Community Coach Course (Canoe Kids), then you want the Community Sport MED.  If you are taking this evaluation as part of the ELCC certification you want Comp-Int MED.  Both can be found at the following link:


I would like to book an evaluation for my ELCC.  How do I do that?


ELCC evaluations should be booked through OCSRA.  Send an email to Ryan Blair at in order to make an appointment for evaluation. 


I need my Coaching Certification number (CC#) to take the Making Ethical Decisions exam; I have taken an NCCP workshop recently, but I have not received my CC# or coaching card; I would like proof that I have taken a course.  What should I do?


Under normal circumstances you will receive a CC# when you complete your first NCCP training workshop. Once a workshop is entered into the NCCP Database, you will receive an email with your CC# / username and password. Please note that it can take up to three months for a workshop to be entered in to the database.


If you do not receive a confirmation email, to request a CC#, or to check your coaching transcript go to the Coaching Association of Canada website  On the right side of the home page there is a tab that says, “Log in to the Locker”.  Click on that tab.  On the next page click on “lookup my CC#” and follow the instructions.  They will email you your CC#.  Once you receive it go back to the Coaching Association of Canada webpage; back into the Locker page and enter your CC# and last name on the right side of the page.


I’ve heard I can get reimbursed for taking some of the coach certification courses.  How do I go about this?


The Quest for Gold program provides an education bursary for coaches to complete eligible NCCP training. Up to a maximum of $500 per application will be available to cover up to 70% of course registration fees and travel subsidy combined. A travel subsidy up to a maximum of $200 is available for coaches travelling more than 100km each way to attend NCCP training. Bursaries from Quest for Gold are given out for the ELCC sport specific course or the Competition Development Courses.  Applications plus proof of payment and completion notification from the Learning Facilitator must be submitted in to the Coaches Association of Ontario no later than 90 days from course completion.


In addition, each division (EOD & WOD) have their own reimbursement policies.  For further information on these please contact your divisional Flag Officer.


What is the difference between trained status and certified?


The NCCP distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context as defined by the sport. However, to become certified in a coaching context, coaches must be evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.