The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) provides standardized, inclusive, and safe sport education to coaches and coach developers across 65 sports. The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) manages and delivers NCCP training through its partner network of 65 National Sport Organizations and Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations. For more details on the streams, competencies and outcomes visit the CAC website.

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The CAC has an online platform built specifically for coaches. If you have not done so already, create your free account to engage in NCCP eLearning, register for events, access your NCCP coaching transcript, and more.


For those interested in pursuing the NCCP Coaching Training, Sport NS offers the Multisport Coaching Courses, currently in a home study or online virtual format for free! These courses are open to Nova Scotia coaches only.

A list of the courses being offered can be seen here:

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You can also check out Sports NS Sideline Learning portal –


Karate Canada (KC) has defined a participant and a coach development model as well as 3 pathways in order to clarify how one goes about becoming a certified coach, and to demonstrate the overall vision of the federation for its coaches and participants in the years to come.

To see what course would be needed for the Karate Canada Coaching stream you are interested in, please visit:

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To see the complete Sport Specific and Multisport requirements play out for Nova Scotia, in order to assist coaches in determining what coaching course they need to reach Trained or Certified status visit

Planned Karate NCCP Specific Modules

Karate NS (KNS) plans to annually offer two NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Courses. 

  • Instruction-Beginner Course
  • Competition Introduction Course

In order for KNS to put on these courses there must be at least 5 participates registered for the course. 

Note: Currently due to the pandemic KNS is not delivering any Karate NCCP specific modules. When courses return they will be communicated through our social media channels and an event will be setup on our events page.

Long Term Athlete Development

In 2009, KC developed and published a comprehensive Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan, aimed at optimizing athletic development, called Karate for Life. Karate for Life incorporates information from the Sport Canada resource paper Canadian Sport for Life, which is a generic model of athletic development aimed at improving the nation’s health and excellence in sport.

KNS, after reviewing the objectives of Long Term Athlete Development, struck a committee to look into ways of improving the competition experience for those athletes under the age of 12 years. The Value Added Committee was created to look at ways to make tournaments more fun and skill based for those athletes less than 12 years of age. As a result of the work of the Value Added Committee a new component was added to our Nova Scotia tournaments- the Skills Challenge! Competitors under 12 years can participate (free of charge) in the Skills Challenge, which consist of 5 different challenges. These challenges change at each tournament. The results of the challenges are recorded for the athletes and once they complete all challenges they receive a ribbon for participation. The members of the Nova Scotia Karate Team run the Skills Challenge; this helps to give our young athletes exposure to our team members.

As KNS receives more information from KC’s LTAD Committee, we will continue to look at ways to make our competition environment more compatible with the concepts contained in Karate’s LTAD.

#CoachToolKit: Teaching values through sport 

“A coach is more than an expert of their sport, they are educators and mentors.”
In the latest #CoachToolKit presented by TeamSnap, Denis Beaudoin, ChPC recipient of the 2020 Geoff Gowan “Lifetime Achievement” Award, and Junior National Team Kumite Head Coach at Karate Canada, discusses the importance of teaching values through sport. 

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