Coaching Courses

All coaches must go through an approval process by the school administration to determine their knowledge, experience and qualifications to coach the school activity. The EECD Safety Guidelines for Physical Education (Secondary Interscholastic Athletics) indicated in O.R. 9 must also be followed.

In order for a team to be eligible to participate in NBIAA activities, the following courses are required by all coaches prior to the beginning of the sport season. If a coach is not certified in the required courses, they will not be able to coach until the courses have been taken and passed. All courses can be found under the Coaching Courses link on the NBIAA website.

a) A Coach’s Guide to the NBIAA - All registered members on the coaching staff must have successfully completed the revised NBIAA Coaching Certification course (March 2024) prior to the beginning of the sport season. For more information on the course and how to access it, click HERE.

b) The free online CAC Making Head Way concussion course. Find it HERE.

c) Cheerleading, Football, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer have specific coaching requirements and recommendations referenced below and in each sport O.R.

    Recommend - The soccer "C" Licence

    NCCP Safe Contact Course *
    NCCP Competition Introduction  Part A

    Respect in Sport * (formerly Speak Out)
   Hockey Canada  Coach - Development 1 - HCR 3.0 - Hockey Canada Registry
    Hockey Canada Coach 2 - HCR 3.0 - Hockey Canada Registry
    Online Safety Course - HCR 3.0 - Hockey Canada Registry

    Community Initiation World Rugby Level 1 (or higher certifilcation)


Recommended and Additional Resources

All NBIAA coaches must have knowledge of the basic elements of the coaching fundamentals that are needed to work with our student-athletes at the high school level. The NBIAA also recommends the following (links below):

a) Individuals who are new to coaching to complete the CAC Coach Initiation Course.

b) Coaches should have at least completed the following NCCP courses: Make Ethical Decisions Module, Planning a Practice & Sport Nutrition e-module.

c) The CAC Safe Sport Training module to identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.

Coaches should also take advantage of the additional coaching information and courses that can be found on The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) website



Coaching School Sport: Redefining Winning - A resource via the CAC's eLearning platform, The Locker, that seeks to reduce barriers to sport participation by shedding light on the aspects of effective teaching and learning.  This course is designed for the interscholastic school coach and reflects core competencies promoted through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).  The knowledge, skills and tools developed from the course aim to foster a school sport environment for student athletes to succeed in all areas of life.
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Making Head Way - Concussion Course*  "These NCCP modules will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your participants."

Coach Initiation in Sport - "The NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport module introduces new or experienced coaches to the foundational skills of coaching, such as long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. It also teaches the key coaching concepts and educational tools that are the foundation of the NCCP."

Coaching Athletes with a Disability - "NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability is an eLearning module to diversify your coaching portfolio. The module provides the knowledge to deliver quality, positive sport experiences for athletes, specifically those with behavioural, intellectual, physcial, and sensory disabilities."

Safe Sport Training - "Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. Safe Sport Training gives you the knowledge and skills to create those environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport."

Creating a Positive Sport Environment - "NCCP Creating a Positive Sport Environment will help coaches implement positive coaching strategies and protect participants from maltreatment in sport."

Anti-Racism in Coaching - "The new Anti-racism in Coaching eLearning module addresses critical and timely issues raised by coaches and sport organizations in Canada."


Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport

Make The Call (Ethical decision-making course for student-athletes)