CEP
2015-2016 Skate Canada-Central Ontario Coaches Committee

2014-2016 CONTINUOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM – PROCEDURE

CEP and CAC’s Maintenance of Certification Policy
On January 1, 2014 the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), which regulates the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), introduced a professional development policy requiring that coaches complete a certain number of activities to maintain their NCCP certification. Skate Canada is one of many National Sports Organizations endorsing CAC’s policy.
To that end, Skate Canada has aligned the Continuous Education Program (CEP) requirements with CAC’s Maintenance of Certification policy. Skate Canada and CAC have streamlined the requirements coaches need to accumulate in order to be given registration privileges as a Skate Canada coaching member and also maintain an active NCCP certification status.
The main changes to Skate Canada’s Continuous Education Policy include an adjustment to the cycle start and end dates, and revisions to the minimum number of mandatory points required. Skate Canada has also refined the list of activities eligible for points based on recommendations by CAC.

2014-2016 CEP Cycle
Aligning both programs required Skate Canada to make a change in the dates for the upcoming and future CEP cycles. Continuing on a two-year basis, the CEP cycles will now coincide with CAC’s Maintenance of Certification policy effective January 1, 2015 for Skate Canada coaches.
To help facilitate this transition, Skate Canada has extended the 2014-2016 CEP cycle to 30 months. The cycle will begin on July 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2016. Coaches who accumulated the mandatory number of points during the cycle will receive a renewed “Certified” status with CAC and will qualify to register as a Skate Canada coach. In additions to the mandatory points coaches who want a CEP status of Gold, Silver, Bronze will be required to accumulate and submit the set number of points as indicated in the policy statement chart below.
Policy Statement
Professional development is mandatory for all Skate Canada coaches. Coaches are now required to obtain a minimum number of points which are dependent upon their current NCCP status. Between July 1 2014 and December 31, 2016, all Skate Canada coaches will need to have accumulated the following number of points to maintain a renewed NCCP status and qualify to register as a Skate Canada coach:


Your Current NCCP Status

Mandatory Points To Register and Obtain a “Renewed” NCCP Status

Points Required to Obtain Gold, Silver or Bronze CEP Status

NCCP Instruction-Beginner:
CanSkate
CanPowerSkate

5

Skate Canada encourages all its coaches to achieve a CEP status. Given we have changed the total of mandatory points we have also decreased the number of points required to obtain a CEP status to the following:
55 Points = Gold Status
35 Points = Silver Status
15 Points = Bronze Status
  

NCCP Instruction-Intermediate:
Primary STARSkate/Level 1
Intermediate STARSkate/Level 2
NCCP Competition Introduction:
Provincial Coach/Level 2

8

NCCP Competition Development:
Level 3
NCCP Competition High Performance:
Level 4 and Level 5

15

Coaching excellence demands that coaches pursue professional development opportunities and keep abreast of new trends in our sport. This is critical to maintaining or developing a coach’s knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills or professional performance standards. Skate Canada offers and endorses (with its partners) a wide variety of professional development opportunities.
NCCP vs. Non-NCCP Activities
In order to align systems with CAC, Skate Canada will begin categorizing activities as NCCP or non-NCCP. The following is an example list of NCCP and Non-NCCP activities that qualify for points. Please note that mentorship and apprenticeship activities are defined as NCCP-related activities within a particular coach context.
CEP Electronic Form – Entering and Tracking Activities
Using the CEP electronic form, coaches will enter their PD activities that Skate Canada will maintain in a database and import the data into CAC’s database at the end of each two-year CEP cycle. Tracking CEP activities electronically will reduce the amount of time required to input and process CEP statements. For this reason, Skate Canada will no longer accept hard copy CEP forms and all coaches will be required to use the CEP electronic form. In partnership with CAC, we will communicate the changes made to the point value per acceptable activities in an upcoming electronic campaign. In the meantime, Skate Canada is in the process of implementing a new database and designing a new CEP electronic form to accommodate the changes - we hope to have this tool available in 2015. As demonstrated this year, we encourage all of our coaches to pursue their professional development and keep proof of the completed activities on file until further notice.
Professional development points are available in all of the following categories:


Activity Category

CEP & PD Points

Limitations


Sport Specific

Active coaching

1 point per year for every season coached

To a maximum of 2 points per cycle

1 point per year for MLF, LF or Evaluator activity

To a maximum of 2 points per cycle

NCCP activity

5 points per training module or evaluation event

No maximum or minimum

Non-NCCP Activity

point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum/activity

1 No maximum or minimum

Coach self-directed activity

3 points per cycle

Maximum of 3 points per cycle

Multi-Sport

NCCP activity

5 points per training modules or evaluation event

No maximum or minimum

Non-NCCP activity

1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum per activity

To a maximum of 50% of required PD points in a cycle

Skate Canada coaches must complete activities that will contribute to their professional development as a coach and help refine current skills while building on new skills.


Sport Specific – Non-NCCP Activities/Formal & Informal Learning/Self Directed 

Activity Type

Activity Description

Sport Specific Clinics/Seminars/Training/Program Administration (including non-NCCP related online modules)
1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum per activity – no maximum per two-year cycle.

Any Skate Canada club seminars or clinics both on and off-ice.
Any Skate Canada section seminars or clinics both on and off-ice.
Any Skate Canada national seminars, clinics, training camps both on and off-ice
Any ISU seminars, clinics or training both on an off-ice
CanPowerSkate two-day technical course
Any program administration activity at the national, section and club level.

Sport Specific Conferences
1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum per activity – no maximum per two-year cycle.

Skate Canada National Coaches Conference including NCC dinner
Skate Canada Section AGM
Skate Canada Club AGM
PSA Conference

Active Coaching
1 point per year for every season coached
To a maximum of 2 points per cycle

1 point for active coaching (paid and/or volunteer) per season

Sport Specific Volunteering/Committee Work
1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum per activity – no maximum per two year cycle.

Volunteering in a capacity that provides a new learning environment for yourself or others
Any unpaid leadership activities
Any unpaid activities at Skate Canada sanctioned events/competitions/meetings
Any unpaid activities at Skate Canada Section events/competitions/meetings
Any unpaid activities at Skate Canada club events/competitions/meetings
Any unpaid activities at ISU events/competitions/meetings

Multi-Sport – Non-NCCP Activities/Formal & Informal Learning/Self-Directed 

Activity Type

Activity Description

Non-Sport Specific Clinics/Seminars/Training
1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum - to a maximum of 50% of required PD points in a cycle

Any multi-sport type training recognized by a National Sport Organization
Any multi-sport type training recognized by a Provincial Sport Organization.

Non-Sport Specific Conferences
1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points
maximum/activity - to a maximum of 50% of required PD points in a cycle

Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference
Canadian Sport for Life Conference

Post-Secondary Education Courses/Programs (in class and/or online)
1 point per hour of activity up to 3 points maximum - to a maximum of 50% of required PD points in a cycle

Courses/programs must relate to your professional development as a coach: psychology, physiology, sport medicine, sport science, nutrition, business administration, teaching, dance/movement/theater, etc.

Please note:

  • Only those professional development points entered in the coach’s CEP electronic form will be used to determine whether the coach meets the NCCP context-specific requirements within the current period.
  • “NCCP certified (Renewed)” status will be given only to those coaches who accumulate the required professional development points within the current CEP cycle.
  • Failure to accumulate the required professional development points within the specified time will cause the coach’s status to be changed to “Certified (Not-Renewed)”.
  • A coach who does not complete the required professional development points by the end of a CEP cycle will not be able to renew their coaching membership and they will be required to complete context-specific activities as specified by Skate Canada.

GLOSSARY
NCCP Activity - Any approved NCCP activity including:
• Coach training – sport-specific or multi-sport
• Multi-sport professional development module
• Sport-specific professional development module
• Coach Evaluation
• Mentoring
• Learning Facilitator, Master Learning Facilitator, Evaluator or Master Evaluator training
Non-NCCP Activity: Any informal learning activity or self-directed activity that is recognized as professional development by Skate Canada.
Formal Learning: Takes place within a structured education system that has standardized curricula and requires a coach to demonstrate a predetermined level of competency before achieving certification.
Non-Formal Learning: Any organized educational activity outside of the NCCP that provides learning opportunities for coaches. Examples: coaching conferences, seminars, apprenticeship programs, workshops, and clinics.
Informal Learning: Lifelong process of acquiring knowledge, skills, attitudes, and insights through daily experiences and exposure to coaching and sport. Informal learning happens in a wide variety of settings including, previous experience as an athlete, informal mentoring, day-to-day coaching experiences, and interaction with peer coaches and athletes.
Self-Directed Learning: Occurs when the coach reflects upon their technical, practical, and critical coaching issues and determines how to overcome practical coaching dilemmas. Self-directed learning makes use of a wide variety of materials, including active coaching and sports science manuals, books, journal articles, videos, and Internet sources, etc., that were created for the purpose of enabling learning.
Season of Coaching: normal coaching period for a context in a sport. It could be a partial year or a full year.
Any Sport-Specific: defined as professional development activities that relate to skating in general and/or figure skating.
Any Multi-Sport Specific: defined as professional development activities that relate to any other sports – hockey, speed skating, etc.






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