NCCP Coach Developers include Master Coach Developers, Learning Facilitators, and Coach Evaluators.

Coach Developers “are not simply experienced coaches or transmitters of coaching knowledge – they are trained to develop, support, and challenge coaches to go on honing and improving their knowledge and skills in order to provide positive and effective sport experiences for all participants.” In short, Coach Developers need to be experts in learning, as well as experts in coaching.

The typical pathway for someone who wants to be a Coach Developer involves the following steps:

Training: Coach Developer candidates must complete rigorous training, and this training is now being made consistent across Canada. The following training is required by all Coach Developers:

  1. Core Training: Provides Coach Developers with the skills to perform their role.
  2. Content-specific Training (sport or multi-sport): This includes microfacilitation which gives Coach Developers an opportunity to practise delivery with their peers.
  3. Co-delivery: This is a chance for the new Coach Developer to practise with real coaches alongside an experienced Coach Developer.

Once a Coach Developer has all of the above training pieces they are considered “TRAINED”.

Evaluation: Evaluation confirms that the Coach Developer is capable of certain abilities which are deemed important in the training of coaches.

Once a Coach Developer has been evaluated they are considered: “CERTIFIED”.

Coach Developer pathway resources:


Functions of the Learning Facilitator


NCCP training emphasizes the use of learning activities. To present learning activities well, the LF must be more than a subject-matter expert. While knowledge of content is always of value, LF must be equally skillful at guiding coaches through learning activities that require critical thinking and developing a group that is supportive of critical thinking.

To do this, the LF must perform three distinct, but related functions:

  • Instructor
  • Learning guide
  • Moderator

The LF as Instructor

Every NCCP workshop is led by a trained Learning Facilitator (LF) who has undergone a standardized training process. LFs are crucial to the development of skilled, knowledgeable coaches who are then able to develop safer, happier athletes/participants.

The goal of an LF is to effectively facilitate sessions that result in the development of coaches who are able to demonstrate their abilities and meet the standards established for certification. An LF should have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to facilitate workshops using the competency-based approach. In addition, they serve as contributing members of the community and ambassadors for the NCCP.

How to Become a Learning Facilitator

All Learning Facilitators complete the following steps:

Core Training


  • Overview of the workshop and the NCCP
  • Functions of a Learning Facilitator
  • Elements of an effective learning activity
  • Stages of group development
  • Nature of the group

Content-specific Training


  • Micro-facilitation of module content
  • Administration of the module
  • Locker training
  • Review and sign NCCP Coach Developer Code of Conduct
  • Review LF evaluation standards and the evaluation process





  1. Pre-brief
  2. Formal observation
  3. Debrief
  4. Action plan
  5. Final recommendation

To access Core Training, and/or to become a multi-sport Learning Facilitator, please select your province/territory from the list on this page and contact your Provincial or Territorial Coaching Representative.

For a calendar of upcoming Core Training opportunities, please CLICK HERE.

To access Sport-specific Training for Learning Facilitators, please select your sport from the list below, and contact them by phone or email for more information.

The LF must provide up-to-date and valid information. Without this injection of new ideas, concepts, or thoughts, any attempt to stimulate critical thinking among coaches may lead to a rehashing of old ideas, reinforce incorrect concepts, and inhibit the process of critical thinking.

To be precise and concise in the presentation of information, an LF must be creative. Being creative may include using:

  • Introductions to learning activities
  • Mini-lectures
  • Reference materials
  • Coach workbooks
  • Video
  • Summaries at the end of activities
  • Debriefs

While disseminating information may no longer be the dominant function of the LF, it is still a critical function if coaches are to think critically and develop the appropriate competencies.

The LF as Learning Guide

LFs must implement learning activities that allow coaches to learn through a process of guided discovery. These learning activities must engage coaches in a process of critical thinking (assessing the value of the material and relating it appropriately to their coaching context) and link directly to desired outcomes and the development of specified competencies. The LF guides the learning process by:

  • Altering the sequence of learning activities to match the readiness of the group
  • Providing detailed instructions for learning activities
  • Intervening when the group misunderstands instruction
  • Correcting coaches when they misunderstand information
  • Resolving conflict within the group
  • Fully debriefing the learning activity

Guided discovery allows LFs to engage coaches in the process of critical thinking and to help coaches develop the skills needed to take even more responsibility for their own learning. As coaches learn through the process of guided discovery, they become more confident in their ability to learn, and they develop skills they can use to guide their own and the group’s learning.

The LF as Moderator

The LF must assign coaches to groups where coaches support one another and the process of critical thinking. The learning activities the LF uses should do more than engage coaches in critical thinking and help coaches develop specified competencies. Rather, learning activities should lead to the development of desired behaviors — inquiry, collaboration, sharing, and collegiality — within the group.

The LF develops these desired behaviors by:

  • Providing tasks that match the group’s readiness
  • Providing tasks that support the development of desired behaviors
  • Providing tasks that are appropriate for the group’s stage of development
  • Providing specific and positive feedback related to the group’s behaviors
  • Sanctioning behaviors that are not supportive of the goals of critical thinking
  • Altering the make-up of learning groups for specific tasks


For the most part, the functions of the LF in the NCCP are like those of a coach. Like the coach, the LF must provide instruction and activities that help people develop their skills (outcomes, competencies). Also like the coach, the LF must bring individuals together to form a cohesive unit whose members support one another.  

NCCP workshop LF materials and forms
Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC)
Community Coaching (CC)
(on snow)
CCI-advanced – T2T


CCI-advanced – T2T

(on snow)

(on snow)

NCCP Evaluator materials and forms
Introduction to Community Coaching (ICC)  
Community Coaching (CC)  
CCI-advanced – T2T

The role of the Master Coach Developer (MCD) is to train, to evaluate, to support, and to mentor Coach Developers, i.e. Learning Facilitators (LFs), Coach Evaluators (CEs), and other MCDs. In addition, MCDs play a key role in promoting the NCCP.

Master Coach Developers must possess adequate knowledge and expertise in facilitation to assist in training Coach Developers and to lead workshops and professional development experiences for Coach Developers.

It is expected that Master Coach Developers will have more responsibility in a supportive role with Coach Developers during workshops, evaluations, and in Coach Developer development. MCDs should be willing and able to lend support to Coach Developers, program administrators, and delivery host agencies.

How to become a Master Coach Developer

All Master Coach Developers complete the following steps:

Core Training

Core Training for Learning Facilitators

Core Training for Coach Evaluators

Core Training for Master Coach Developers

Content-specific Training


  • Administration of NCCP programs
  • Leadership within the NCCP
  • Micro-facilitation of Coach Developer training
  • Review MCD evaluation standards



To access Core Training, and/or to become a multi-sport Master Coach Developer, please select your province/territory from the list on this page and contact your Provincial or Territorial Coaching Representative.

For a calendar of upcoming Core Training opportunities, please CLICK HERE.

Coach Developer Workshop Schedule:

LF Core TrainingDecember 1, 2018Edmonton, ABCLOSED
LF Core TrainingMarch 23, 2019Edmonton, ABRegister Here
MCD (Master Coach Developer) Core TrainingFebruary 3, 2019Edmonton, ABRegister Here
Coach Evaluator Core TrainingMarch 24, 2019Edmonton, ABRegister Here
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