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The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for all coaches in more than 60 sports. The NCCP has moved towards a competency-based approach where coaches are:

  • trained in NCCP outcomes relevant to the participants they are coaching
    (recreational participants to National level athletes);
  • evaluated by demonstrating coaching outcomes to a specified standard.

To learn more about the NCCP, visit the Coaching Association of Canada web site and refer to the Karate Canada NCCP Operations Manual.

Karate Canada 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.

Development Models

  • Participant Development Model (PDF)
  • Coach Development Model (PDF)


Instruction Beginner Certification
This weekend workshop is tailored for coaches of athletes who wish to equip themselves with fundamental karate coaching knowledge. The workshop focuses on planning, safety, basic teaching and learning theory, as well as preparing coaches to analyze karate skills.

NOTE: It is recommended to hold a karate brown belt to take this course.

For upcoming workshops, please refer to your Provincial Karate Organization.

  • Instruction Beginner Coach Pathway (PDF)
  • Instruction Beginner Coach Portfolio to submit for evaluation (PDF)


Competition Introduction Certification
Intended for coaches who want to enhance their repertoire of karate skills and possibly enter their athletes into competition, this weekend workshop is a good introduction to the competitive environment of the sport. Coaches will learn in-depth planning, supporting and improving athlete competition skills, and a detailed overview of the rules governing karate competitive settings.

NOTE: It is recommended to have done the Instruction Beginner course prior to register for the Competition Introduction course. Coaches should also hold a black belt in karate.

For upcoming workshops, please refer to your Provincial Karate Organization.

  • Competition Introduction Coach Pathway (PDF)
  • Competition Introduction Coach Portfolio to submit for evaluation (PDF)


Competition Development Certification
For senior level coaches working with Provincial and National Team athletes, this mix of multisport and karate specific modules will provide well-rounded training for developing competitive athletes. Participants will learn to manage a competitive sport program, effectively deal with sport psychology and ethical issues, as well as learn to analyze and evaluate skill and performance.

NOTE: It is recommended to have done the Competition Introduction course prior to register to the Competition Development workshop. Coaches should also hold a karate black belt.

For upcoming workshops, please contact Alexandra Roy, Karate Canada’s Program Manager.

  • Competition Development Coach Pathway (PDF)
  • Competition Development Coach Portfolio to submit for evaluation (PDF)
Coach Developers
Interested in training coaches to become experts in coaching? Become a Coach Developer! See information on Coach Developer Training and contact your Provincial Karate Organization or Alexandra Roy to submit your application.

Karate Canada National Championships NCCP Policy
In order to assure that Provincial Coaching Staff are obtaining the proper training to provide their athletes with the best possible support and in alignment with Sport Canada expectations, Karate Canada is establishing requirements for coaches who wish to participate in the National Championships and other coaching related events.

  • Karate Canada National Championships NCCP Policy for 2018 (PDF)


December 21, 2017

Karate Canada Proudly Joins the Responsible Coaching Movement

Following a presentation offered to members and stakeholders at the 2017 Summit, Karate Canada’s Board of Directors has recently taken the pledge to align its practices with recommendations formulated as part of Phase 1 of the Responsible Coaching Movement. The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and constitutes a call to action for organizations to implement realistic change based on their individual state of readiness, with regards to the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play. The health, safety and well-being of its athletes, coaches and other registrants is paramount for Karate Canada, as is clearly stated in the organization’s Core Principles and Values (click here to view the “2014-2018 Karate in Canada Strategic Plan”). Karate Canada is therefore very proud to fully endorse the Responsible Coaching Movement and the principles that it endeavours to promote. As part of its firm and continued commitment to these principles and towards implementing the recommendations issued by the Responsible Coaching Movement, Karate Canada is currently developing a tangible action plan for imminent adoption and implementation. You may click here in order to read more about the Responsible Coaching Movement (and the first 100 organizations having taken the pledge), and here to read the pledge statement which Karate Canada has recently signed.