Hockey Canada Coaching

Becoming a Hockey Coach

Q: What training do I need to become a hockey coach?
A: If you aspire to coach minor hockey, you must obtain the appropriate coaching level as defined by Hockey Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) regulations, by the deadline set by your member branch. These dates vary from province to province, so please check with your member branch.

The course you require to become Trained and/or Certified depends on the level you are – or will – be coaching. Each stream of training is tailored to offer the learning and skills content appropriate for that level of athlete.

You can find out what coaching clinics you need to attend by visiting the NCCP Levels and Requirements page.
If you still need to complete the Coach 1 (Intro to Hockey Coach) or Coach 2 (Coach Level) courses, you must complete these modules online through Hockey University and then attend and fully participate at an in-person coach clinic to earn Trained status.

To summarize, here are the three steps to becoming a Trained coach:

STEP 1: Log in to eHockey
STEP 2: Find your member branch, select a clinic from the list and register
STEP 3: Attend an in-person clinic

Q: What is the minimum age for coaching hockey?
A: The NCCP Policy on Minimum Age states that “the minimum age for the designation for a coach as NCCP Certified is 16 years of age.”

Any person younger than 16 and older than 14 may enrol in and complete NCCP or NCCP qualifying education opportunities; where a National Sports Organization:

  • Plans to offer NCCP or NCCP qualifying development opportunities to persons younger than 16 years of age;
  • Agrees to provide these opportunities within the framework of the NCCP;
  • Agrees to maintain the records on the NCCP Database.


Your provincial/territorial government, or designated delivery, agency could also authorize your enrolment in multi-sport modules.

Any person younger than 16 and older than 14 will be designated on the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) database with an underage status indicator.

Q: Help. I can’t find the clinic I want to sign up for.
A: Please contact your member branch directly if you can’t find a coaching clinic being offered in your area.

Q: I have never used eHockey before, and do not have an account. What do I do?
A: eHockey is an online platform containing many resources Hockey Canada and your member branch has on file for coaches, players, officials and safety personnel. You can log in or create a new account by accessing the eHockey webpage.

Q: Do I need to start at Coach 1 and work my way up?
A: No. You can take the course that you are required to have for the level you are coaching. For example, a coach can register for a High Performance 1 course without having completed any other programs. Each stream of training is designed to cover pertinent learning and skills content appropriate for the level of athlete which you’ll be coaching.

Hockey Canada’s Levels and Requirements page offers details about certification pathways.

Q: I took a coaching course a while back. Why is it not showing on my eHockey file?
A: Please contact your member branch.  Provide it with as much information as possible and it will look in to your coaching records/profile for you.

Information you will need:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Approximate date of clinic
  • Coach card
  • Clinic type (Development 1, Coach Level, etc.)
  • Any other coaches or the clinic instructor who were there
  • Location of the course


Q: Do I have to be certified?
A: Certification is not required at all levels. Hockey Canada’s minimum standards can be found on its Levels and Requirements page. Be sure to check with your member branch as well. It may have further requirements for coaches within your province. 

Q: How do I get certified in coaching with Hockey Canada?
A: All available levels of certification with Hockey Canada require, at a minimum, a successfully-evaluated written assignment and an online multi-sport evaluation through our partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada. Development 1, High Performance 1 and High Performance 2 also require you to complete successful field evaluations. For more information on certification pathways, please visit Hockey Canada’s Levels and Requirements page.  

Q: Can I get certified at all levels in Hockey Canada’s coaching programs?
A: Within Hockey Canada’s coaching programs a coach can certify in Coach 2 – Coach Level, Development 1, High Performance 1 and High Performance 2. For more information on certification pathways, please visit Hockey Canada’s Levels and Requirements page.

Q: How long does it take to get certified?
A: Levels of the game that require you to complete field evaluations can take much longer than the courses that only require an evaluation of a written assignment. The certification process can range from a month up to two full hockey seasons. The Hockey Canada Levels and Requirements page contains more details about this process.  

Q: Would my hockey education or certification from another country have any equivalency to Hockey Canada’s programs or requirements?
A: There are no equivalencies offered. You must complete Hockey Canada’s courses to coach in Canada. For more information on certification pathways, please visit Hockey Canada’s Levels and Requirements page.


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