The NCCP is a coach training and certification program for 67 different sports and is offered in both official languages across Canada. NCCP workshops are designed to meet the needs of all types of coaches, from the first‐time coach to the head coach of a national team.
Rowing BC offers two training streams for coaches within the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The two streams offered by Rowing BC are RCA Learn to Row Coach Workshop, (for coaches working with entry level participants), and RCA Coach Workshops, (for coaches starting to work with competitive athletes).
Minimum Coaching Standards
Rowing BC has long been a leader in coach education and development, creating a regular framework of coach education workshops and facilitating various professional development sessions. Minimum coaching standards continue the evolution of our coaching framework, and will ensure alignment of the sport of rowing with sport sector standards set out by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) in its National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Coaching education programs are an essential part of ensuring all participants receive a safe, enjoyable and quality sport experience, no matter what their goals and abilities are. Accordingly Rowing BC is implementing a 4-year plan starting in 2019 to ensure that, at the following regattas, coaches have appropriate standards of education:
- The Rowing BC Junior Championships;
- The RCA National Rowing Championships and Canada Cup;
- The BC Summer Games; and
- The Canada Summer Games.
Note that as of March 2020 all coaches are required to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screen . This requirement needs to be renewed every 3 years. Clubs will be required to ensure this has been completed for all active coaches. Additional information about Criminal Record Checks and other Safe Sport initiatives is available here.
For more information please contact Rowing BC Coaching Coordinator, Martin George.
Prerequisites for Coach Education Workshops
There are now prerequisites for coaches taking RCA Learn to Row Coach and/or RCA Coach workshops. RCA has introduced the Every Coach Certified initiative, (a Safe Sport initiative) which includes prerequisite modules for NCCP workshops. These modules (if not previously taken) must be completed prior to coaches attending an RCA Learn to Row Coach or RCA Coach Workshop.
These modules are: Coach Initiation in Sport, Rowing Essentials and Making Ethical Decisions
To complete these modules, coaches must log in or make a new account in the CAC Locker. Once logged in, there is an e-learning button near the top of the page. This will lead to the e-learning section. Select the Multi-Sport option to find Making Ethical Decisions and Coach Initiation in Sport. Select the Rowing option to find Rowing Essentials.
Coaches who have previous NCCP training may not need all modules. Click here to confirm which modules you need to complete.
All coaches are also required to agree to abide by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Code of Ethics available here.
Note that Rowing BC has reduced the fees associated with taking the RCA Learn to Row Coach and RCA Coach workshops to offset the costs incurred by coaches to complete the new required prerequisites.
If you have any questions on the Every Coach Certified initiative, please contact Rowing BC Coaching Coordinator, Martin George.