Professional Development and Maintenance


Certified coaches need to accumulate a certain amount of Professional Development points within a 5-year cycle to maintain their CERTIFIED status.  Coaches who have a TRAINED status are not required to accumulate PD points. At this time, PD does not apply to Levels 4 or 5.

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The number of points required is context specific.


Maintenance Period



Maintenance Period

AquaGO! Instructor

5 year cycle

* begins January 1st after the coach certifies


10 points required


Competition Development

5 year cycle

* begins January 1st after the coach certifies


30 points required

Competition Introduction

5 year cycle

* begins January 1st after the coach certifies


20 points required


Advanced Competition Development Gradation

Exempt from PD points


Professional Development Activities and Points


Activity Category




Sport Specific

Active Coaching

1 point/ year for every season coached


1 point/ year for Learning Facilitator or Evaluator activity

To a maximum number of points equal to the number of years of the certification renewal period, e.g. 3 points, if certification period is 3 years


NCCP activity

5 points/ training module or evaluation event

No maximum or minimum

  • Learning Facilitator training

Non-NCCP activity

1 point/hour of activity up to 3 points maximum

No maximum or minimum

  • Canada Artistic Swimming Coaches Convention
  • Canada Artistic Swimming Coach Development e-learning
  • PSO Coach meeting

Coach self-directed activity

3 points for the valid certification period

Maximum of 3 points for certification renewal period


Re-evaluation in context

100% of the points required for PD credit in the context

No other PD is required if coach chooses re-evaluation




NCCP activity

5 points/ training module or evaluation event

No maximum or minimum

  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Making Head Way in Sport e-learning

Non-NCCP activity

1 point/ hour of activity up to 3 points maximum

To a maximum of 50% of required PD credit for the context in a certification renewal period



Canada Artistic Swimming

  • Canada Artistic Swimming Coaches Convention
  • Canada Artistic Swimming Coach Development e-Learning series
  • Provincial Sport Organization Annual Convention


Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)

  • Make Ethical Decisions (MED) module (5 pts)
  • Planning a Practice module (5 pts)
  • Nutrition module (5 pts)
  • Design a Basic Sport Program module (5 pts)
  • Basic Mental Skills module (5 pts)
  • Teaching and Learning module (5 pts)
  • Developing Athletic Abilities pre-workshop session (5 pts)
  • Developing Athletic Abilities module (5 pts)
  • Prevention and Recovery module (5 pts)
  • Leading Drug-free Sport module (5 pts)
  • Managing Conflict module (5 pts)
  • Psychology of Performance module (5 pts)
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively module (5 pts)
  • Leading Drug-Free Sport Online Evaluation (5 pts)
  • Managing Conflict Online Evaluation (5 pts)
  • Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation - Community Sport (5 pts)
  • Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation - Competition – Introduction (5 pts)
  • Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation - Competition – Development (5 pts)
  • Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation - Instruction Stream (5 pts)
  • Coach Developer - Evaluator Core Training (5 pts)
  • Coach Developer - Learning Facilitator Core Training (5 pts)
  • Coach Developer - Master Learning Facilitator/Master Evaluator Core Training (5 pts)
  • Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) (5 pts)
  • Empower + (5 pts)
  • Making Head Way in Sport (5 pts)
  • Air Aware  (5 pts)
  • Aboriginal Coaching Modules (5 pts)
  • Resistance training (5 pts)
  • Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif Conference (3 pts)


as of April 2016



Who does “Maintenance of Certification” apply to?
Certified NCCP Coaches.

Why do I need to maintain my Certification?

Maintenance of certification, through proof of ongoing learning (Professional Development) and active coaching is viewed as essential to athlete performance and the integrity of the NCCP. The NCCP was sometimes criticized because a coach could continue to be “Certified” even if they had not coached for several years or did not keep their coaching knowledge up to date.

When do the requirements for Maintenance of Certification start?

The requirement to maintain “Certified” status through the accumulation of Professional Development points and proof of active coaching will officially start for all sports on January 1, 2014.

How do I know how many Professional Development points I need to maintain my certification?

Synchro Canada certification renewal period is 5 years for all contexts.

Does the number of required Professional Development points vary from sport to sport or context to context?


How long do I have to get the required number of points?

You will have five years to get the requirednumber of points.

How can I accumulate PD points?

There are many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by the CAC, your NSO or P/TSO will advertise the number of PD points associated with the event.

In general:

  • NCCP training or evaluation events are worth 5 points;
  • Non-NCCP events are worth 1 point for each hour they last, up to a maximum of 3 points;
  • “Active coaching” will give you 1 point per year;
  • Through “Self-directed learning” you can earn a maximum of 3 points per five-year PD cycle.

What will I have to do to ensure that my PD points are recorded on my transcript?

Simply indicate to the organizer of the event that you wish to receive PD points for attending. The organization that is coordinating or hosting the event or activity is responsible for entering into The Locker the names of participating coaches. You will automatically receive the PD points assigned to that event.

How can I check how many PD points I have? 

Your PD points will appear on your transcript as long as your profile information (name, CC#, etc.) has been recorded correctly with the organizer of the event, and your profile is up-to-date on You can check your profile and points by logging into and using your CC# to check your transcript. Remember that PD points will only appear on your transcript after the data has been entered in the Locker.

Is there any limit on the number of PD points I can accumulate?

No.You only need to earn the required number of points to maintain certification; however, you can accumulate as many PD points as you want. Please note that you cannot carry forward any points into the next cycle. Once the five year cycle ends (or any lesser period depending on your sport), PD points are re-set to 0.

What if I am certified in two sports?

If you are certified in two sports, accumulated points will apply to both sports.The number of points required to maintain certification will be determined by whichever sport requires the highest number of PD points.

What if I am certified in two different contexts?

If you are certified in two contexts within a sport, your accumulated PD points will apply to both contexts. The number of points required to maintain certification will be determined by whichever context requires the highest number of PD points.

Can I get PD points if I attend a conference or course in another country?

Yes. This type of event is categorized as “Self-directed” and is set up in the PD Registry.

If I attend a workshop such as “Make Ethical Decisions” more than once in a cycle, will I receive PD points every time I attend? 

Yes, but we encourage you to engage in a wide variety of learning opportunities.

What happens to my NCCP Certification if I do not complete the required PD in the time allowed?

Your transcript would show that your “Certified” status has not been renewed. Your sport determines what a coach must do to reinstate their “Certified” status. Your sport also determines the consequences of ‘non-renewed’ “Certified” status. These details will continue to be worked out by NSOs through the first PD cycle (2014-2019).

*Note re: above - CAS has determined that the coach needs to make up the PD points that have yet to be completed to reinstate their "Certified" status. When the coach completes their remaining PD points their status will switch back to "Certified".

Who can I contact if a PD activity does not appear on my transcript? 

The best starting point is the organization that coordinated the event since it is responsible for entering the data. If, for example, you attended a workshop organized by Sport Manitoba, you should start by contacting Sport Manitoba to confirm that the data from the workshop has been entered into the Locker. If it has been entered and it still does not appear on your transcript, you can contact Coach Services at the CAC.

If I’m not sure if I’m going to be coaching for longer than 5 years should I still be earning PD points? 

If you’re not sure, why not accumulate points anyway? Professional Development is a way to improve your coaching knowledge which, in turn, benefits the athletes you coach. Even if you think you might not be coaching five years from now, why not become the most knowledgeable coach you can be for the athletes you work with, for however long you coach? And then if you decide to continue coaching later in the PD cycle, you won’t have to scramble to accumulate PD points.

Following are some terms that have been used in these FAQs that you may be curious about.

PD Registry

This is the central list of all eligible PD events. The list is maintained by the CAC but it is made up of events that are submitted by sports, P/TCRs, the National Coaching Institutes, and the CAC. A coach does not have access to the Registry which is maintained in The Locker

PD Cycle

This is the period of time over which the PD points must be accumulated in order to maintain “Certified” status. The minimum standard for this cycle is five years. However, a sport may choose a shorter cycle.

NCCP Partner 

This term refers to the original founding and funding Partners of the NCCP and includes the federal government, the provincial/territorial governments, the CAC, and the NSOs.