ABOUT certification

Squash Canada’s Coach Certification Program aligns with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and with the Long Term Player Development model. This program is designed to ensure that coaches are properly trained and certified to develop our athletes in the best way possible.

There are three coaching levels included in the Squash Canada Coaching Certification Program:

1.     Squash Instructor
2.     Intermediate Squash Instructor and/or Club Coach
3.     Provincial Coach

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Certification in each level involves a squash specific clinic, NCCP multi-sport courses, additional prerequisites where applicable, and a final evaluation. Coaches are deemed “In Training” when they have completed some of the required training, “Trained” when they have completed all required training, and finally “Certified” when they have completed all training and evaluation components. 

NCCP multi-sport courses are offered in person, online, and through home study by the Coaches Association of Ontario.  

Coaches looking to transfer coaching accreditation from the previous NCCP system, from other countries, or to accelerate through the coaching system should refer to the Squash Canada Coach Certification Policies and Procedures.

 

ABOUT EVALUATIONS

After all prerequisites are completed for each coaching level, coaches should contact Squash Ontario to schedule an evaluation. Coaches will be evaluated in-person with an Evaluator.

If the evaluation takes place outside the Evaluator’s jurisdiction, coaches will be responsible for the Evaluator’s travel costs (mileage at $0.32/km, accommodation, food, etc.) where Squash Ontario deems necessary to complete the evaluation.

Evaluations will cost $60 per hour. Squash Instructor evaluations are covered by the course fee for anyone who registered for a course after April 1, 2012. Intermediate Instructor, Club Coach, and Provincial Coach evaluations are not covered by the course fee and may take several hours to complete depending on the level.

Do you know your current certification level? To check your status, visit https://thelocker.coach.ca. Click on “Certification” and login using the CC# which is issued to you when you complete your first NCCP training workshop.

Additional Professional Development courses are offered through the Coaches Association of Ontario, through Respect in Sport and many other organizations. Coaches are now required to maintain their certifications by accumulating professional development or “PD” points every 5 years. Log into your Locker profile to see how many points you need.


SQUASH INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

EVALUATIONS:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation (accessed through The Locker https://thelocker.coach.ca)

  • Final in-person evaluation

SQUASH SPECIFIC:

  • Coaching Foundations Course

NCCP MULTI-SPORT COURSES:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions

  • NCCP Planning a Practice

  • NCCP Nutrition


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Intermediate Squash Instructor REQUIREMENTS

SQUASH SPECIFIC:

  • Intermediate Coaching Course


NCCP MULTI-SPORT COURSES:

  • NCCP Teaching/Learning

  • NCCP Basic Mental Skills

  • NCCP Designing a Sports Program.

EVALUATIONS:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation (accessed through The Locker https://thelocker.coach.ca)

  • Final in-person evaluation


Club Coach REQUIREMENTS

FIRST AID & CPR CERTIFICATION

EVALUATIONS:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation – (accessed through The Locker https://thelocker.coach.ca)

  • Final in-person evaluation

SQUASH SPECIFIC:

  • Intermediate Coaching Course

  • Squash Canada D4 Officiating Certification

    NCCP MULTI-SPORT COURSES:

  • NCCP Teaching/Learning

  • NCCP Basic Mental Skills

  • NCCP Designing a Sports Program.


Provincial Coach REQUIREMENTS

 

EVALUATIONS:

  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation – Competition - Development (accessed through The Locker https://thelocker.coach.ca)

  • Final in-person evaluation

 

SQUASH SPECIFIC:

  • Provincial Coaching Course

NCCP MULTI-SPORT COURSES:

  • NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities

  • NCCP Coaching and Leading Effectively

  • NCCP Prevention and Recovery

  • NCCP Managing Conflict

  • NCCP Leading Drug free Sport

  • NCCP Psychology of Performance


Are you interested in making an impact on the squash coaching community? Coach Developers are directly responsible for the development of coaches and need to be experts in learning as well as experts in coaching. They include: Learning Facilitators (facilitate coach courses), Coach Evaluators (facilitate coach evaluations), and Master Coach Developers (train the coach developers).

The NCCP now has a simple and universal 4-step process for becoming a Coach Developer (separate pathway for each type of Coach Developer):


Core Training

Core Training for Coach Developers is offered through the Coaches Association of Ontario. These are one day courses (6 hours for Learning Facilitators and 5 hours for Coach Evaluators). 

Find Core Training opportunities here: Click Here.


Content-Specific Training

Spend between 1-2 hours with Master Coach Developer Barb Cooper prior to your co-delivery of a coaching course or co-facilitation of an evaluation. 


Co-Delivery

Co-deliver a course/evaluation with a certified Learning Facilitator or Coach Evaluator.


Evaluation

Facilitate a coaching course or evaluation.