Coach Certification Requirements for National Games

Coach Certification Requirements for National Games

 

The following are the minimum recommended National Coaching Certification Program certification qualifications for various levels of involvement. 

All Volunteers 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Special Olympics Community Sports Coach Course OR Special Olympics Technical Level 1 + Special Olympics Practical Level 1 

  
 

 
 

National Games Coaching Requirements 

  

  

  

Nov-2015 

Special Olympics 

Head Coaches: Special Olympics Competition-Introduction (Comp-Intro) or Tech 1 
Other Coaching Staff: Special Olympics Community Sport Ongoing Participation (Csp-Ong) or Tech 1 
All coaches must be evaluated on Making Ethical Decisions   
All coaches must  possess an up-to-date Police Record Check (effective Jan. 1, 2016) 

  

  

  

Sport 

MED 

Minimum Sport Technical Coaching Course from the National Sport Organization 

or 

Sport Technical Coaching Course from the National Sport Organization (old NCCP) 

Summer Sports 

  

  

  

   

Athletics 

Required 

Sport Coach (Competition) 

  

Tech 1 

Swimming 

Not Required*** if MED is integrated in your province/territory 

Fundamentals Coach (Swimming 101) (Community) 

  

Tech 1 

Rhythmic Gymnastics 

Not Required*** 

Gymnastics Foundations (Introduction, Theory and Rhythmic) (Community) 

  

Tech 1 

10 pin Bowling 

Not Required*** 

Community Sport Initiation 

  

Tech 1 

5 Pin Bowling 

Not Required*** 

Community Coach 

  

Tech 1 

Soccer 

Required 

Learn to Train OR Soccer for Life (Community) 

  

Tech 1 

Softball 

Not Required*** 

Ongoing Participation (CSp-Ong)  
(effective Jan. 1, 2018) 
Learn to Coach (CSp-Init) will be accepted until then 

  

Tech 1 

Powerlifting 

Required 

125 coaching hours 

  

n/a 

Basketball 

Not Required*** 

Learn to Train (Competition) 

  

Tech 1 

Golf 

Required 

Special Olympics PGA of Canada Golf Course 

  

n/a 

Bocce 

Required 

125 coaching hours 

  

n/a 

Winter Sports 

  

  

   

   

Alpine Skiing 

Not Required*** 

Entry Level Course (I-B) 
OR CSIA Level 1 

  

Tech 1 

Cross Country Skiing 

Not Required*** 

Commmunity Coach (Intro to Community Coaching and Community Coaching) 

  

Tech 1 

Speed Skating 

Not Required*** 

AC – FUNdamentals Leader (Community) 
HC – FUNdamentals Coach (Instruction)  
(effective Jan. 1, 2020) 
Fundamentals Leader will be accepted until then 

  

Tech 1 

Figure Skating 

Not Required*** 

Level 1 and 2 – CanSkate (Instruction) 
Level 3-6 – Primary STARSkate (Instruction) 

  

Tech 1 

Floor Hockey 

Required 

SOC Floor Hockey Module 

  

n/a 

Curling 

Not Required*** 

Club Coach (Community) 

  

Tech 1 

Snowshoeing 

Required 

125 coaching hours 

  

n/a 

***Not Required – This course is not required ONLY if coach has taken NSO Sport Technical Course in the new NCCP system