Coaching Program

You don’t have to be a professional athlete or a physical education teacher to be a coach. Many people become coaches because they want to help others. As a coach, you will learn to problem solve, make ethical decisions, enhance your public speaking and become a leader in your community. Coaching is also a great way to stay physically active, build self-esteem, learn new things and refine the skills you already have. Many coaches become great not only by helping athletes, but by helping other coaches develop. If you are passionate about the sport of squash and motivated to help others, then you have the makings of a great coach!  Being a great coach takes passion and dedication; it requires education and training.

Squash Canada Coaching Committee

NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program)

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) was developed by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and its partners. Why be a Coach – the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has outlined the ‘Benefits of Coaching‘ and ‘Coaching in Canada‘.

NCCP Coach Initiation In Sport eLearning Module

NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport introduces new or experienced coaches to the foundational skills of coaching, such as long-term athlete development, ethics, coaching motivation, and athlete safety and wellness. It also teaches the key coaching concepts and educational tools that are the foundation of the NCCP.

The CAC is proud to present this module in partnership with Decathlon Canada, a retailer and creator of sports gear, apparel and experiences. This partnership will empower coaches with knowledge and skills to enhance the experience of all participants in sport.

This NCCP eLearning costs $15 and will take one hour to complete. Visit the eLearning page in the Locker to get started.

** Squash Canada highly recommends all squash coaches, volunteers, teachers, etc. complete this eLearning module to gain a better understanding of key coaching concepts in the NCCP.

NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Training & Online Evaluation

The NCCP offers coaches the opportunity for training and evaluation in ethical decision-making through the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, and Online Evaluation.

By successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. The training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

Upon completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, coaches will be able to:

  • analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications; and
  • apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to situations in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

This module is a cornerstone of the NCCP, and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

Register for the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training through your local Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs). FIND TRAINING

Once a coach has completed their training, they can test their decision-making skills by completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation in the eLearning page of the Locker. Successful completion of the evaluation is necessary for coach certification in any NCCP program.

Coaches that have completed the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions training, and have it listed on their transcript, will have FREE unlimited access to the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions – Click Here

Squash Canada Coach Pathways & Challenge Process
Squash Canada Coach Pathways

Squash Canada’s Coach Certification Program aligns the NCCP with our Long-Term Development model. The program is designed to ensure that coaches are properly trained and certified to develop our athletes in the best way possible. We currently offer three coach pathways under two of the three NCCP Streams – Instruction and Competition. Each coach pathway has various requirements to progress coaches through the NCCP Training and Certification Pathway – In Training, Trained and Certified.

It is important for coaches to understand that the NCCP is not linear, which means a coach may enter any Coach Pathway.  Coaches should determine what kind of coaching you want to do and what kind of athletes you want to work with prior to selecting the applicable Coach Pathway.

** Squash Canada is currently conducting a major review of the three Coach Pathways below.  Our goal is to streamline the program and current requirements may change upon completion of the review. All coaches are strongly encouraged to complete any unfinished requirements in their current coach pathway.


Coach Challenge Process (April 3, 2020 — NEW)

Squash Canada encourages coaches to go through the outlined training and certification process. However, Squash Canada has outlined a process to encourage active coaches who have not yet been certified in the NCCP to potentially bypass certain training requirements and be recognized for prior learning and experience. Coaches are required to fully understand the Coach Pathway and associated training components they would like to challenge based on the athletes they work with as outlined in the Long-Term Development model. Coaches are invited to challenge the evaluation in any of the Coach Pathways linked above.

Information and Application Form – CLICK HERE

Do you know your current certification status? Visit ‘The Locker‘ database to view your Coach Profile.

Squash Canada & NCCP Course Calendars

NCCP Multi-sport Training: Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR) are responsible for hosting NCCP Multi-sport Training Modules. In addition, the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has a Course Calendar that lists many of the upcoming NCCP coaching courses across Canada. Note: Not all PTSA’s or PTCR’s currently list courses on this calendar and coaches are encouraged to review all available calendars for upcoming courses.

Squash-specific Training: Provincial/Territorial Squash Associations (PTSA) are responsible for hosting Sport-specific NCCP Coaching Courses. For information on upcoming courses:

Maintenance of Certification & Professional Development (Lifelong Learning)

The Coaching Association of Canada and Squash Canada recognize the value of having Certified NCCP Coaches engage in Professional Development to reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community. Maintenance of Certification is the NCCP policy that requires NCCP Coaches to maintain their certification through Professional Development and training opportunities over a predetermined period. Squash Canada follows the minimum five year cycle to accumulate PD points to maintain Certified status (or Trained status if the sport requires it). PD points from approved activities are applied to your Coach Transcript on the Locker for the activities you complete. Coaches must accumulate between 10 and 30 PD points, depending on the stream they are certified in for each 5-year PD cycle. The 5-year cycle begins as soon as a coach becomes certified. Coaches that don’t gain enough PD points by their maintenance cycle end date will have their Coach Transcript listed as “Certified: Not Renewed”. Coaches should contact Squash Canada for information regarding renewal of certification. Frequently Asked Questions – Click Here. A coach can view their maintenance of certification requirements on the maintenance page of their CAC Locker – Coach Transcript.

There are many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by the CAC, your NSO or PTSO, or PTCR will advertise the number of PD points associated with the event. The following is a list of Squash Canada, CAC and other Associations with programs that allow coaches to gain PD Points towards their Maintenance of Certification.

Squash Canada Coach PD WebinarsNCCP Multi-Sport Training ModulesSafe Sport TrainingRespect in Sport for Activity LeadersJumpstart: Coaching Kids of All AbilitiesJumpstart: Keeping Girls in SportCanadian Women & Sport - Gender Equity LENSCommit to KidsSport for LifeHeadStartPro Performance TrainingHigh FiveCoaches Association of OntarioProvincial/Territorial Squash & Coaching Associations

Attendees must have access to a laptop, tablet, etc. to view presentation and ask questions. Space is limited to the 150 registrations (first come first serve). Coaches will receive details on how to access the webinar via GoToMeeting at approximately 9AM the day of the webinar by email. Certified coaches will receive 1 PD point towards their NCCP Maintenance of Certification. To view upcoming webinars – Click Here.

Squash Canada encourages coaches to email info@squash.ca with suggestions towards future webinar topics and we will make every effort to accommodate where possible.

  • NCCP training or evaluation events are worth 5 points;
  • Non-NCCP events are worth 1 point for each hour they last, up to a maximum of 3 points;
  • “Active coaching” will give you 1 point per year;
  • “Self-directed learning” will give you a maximum of 3 points per five-year PD cycle.

For a list of NCCP Multi-sport Training Modules – Click Here


If you are an NCCP Certified Coach, you can earn 2 PD points by completing this module. To complete the training, please go to the eLearning page of the Locker.

If you are an NCCP Certified Coach, you can earn 3 PD points. To complete the training – Click Here.

PD Opportunities include: Supporting Positive Behaviour and Welcoming All Abilities. If you are a NCCP Certified Coach, you can earn 2 PD points. To complete the training – Click Here.

If you are an NCCP Certified Coach, you can earn 2 PD points. To complete the training – Click Here.

Canadian Women & Sport: Our new Gender Equity LENS e-learning module gives you the information and tools you need to act on your commitment to gender equity, helping you make policy and program decisions to better serve women and girls in your sport.

You’ll learn how to bring a gender lens to your decision-making and create the conditions to support women and girls to participate, lead and stay involved.

Commit to Kids for Coaches eLearning module: Online training that empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. It highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour. Upon completion of this training and a successful knowledge validation test, coaches will receive 3 PD points towards the Maintenance of Certification.

The Sport for Life Society is recognized as the global experts on the Canadian Sport for Life Movement and the Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity framework. The purpose of Sport for Life is to be a catalyst to improve the quality of sport and to increase the development of physical literacy for everyone. Sport for Life, as a social enterprise, links sport, education, recreation, health, and governments to align community, provincial/territorial, and national systems and programming.

PD Opportunities includes: Intro to Physical Literacy, Intro to Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity, Movement Preparation, Effective Board Governance, Effective Communication, Risk Management in Sport and more.  If you are an NCCP Certified Coach, you can earn 1 PD point per module completed. For a complete list of courses and to register, please visit the Sport for Life Campus.

HeadStartPro is the leading online course for coaches who want to achieve excellence but also care about their athletes’ health and longevity. In this course, you will earn 3 PD points (NCCP # is recorded upon registration but coaches are required to use the self-reporting function in the Locker to record the PD points) by learning coaching tools to improve your mental game, team performance, and injury prevention. HeadStartPro is ideal for coaches with athletes in the Learn-to-Train, Train-to-Train, and Train-to-Compete stages of the Long Term Development Framework. The most successful athletes at these levels are set apart by their ability to control their minds and control the moment. However, the biggest problem facing these athletes is injuries. HeadStartPro is the key to helping teams achieve their full potential with performance-driven injury prevention training.

Athlete training resources available – Click Here

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s quality standard for children’s programs. Before HIGH FIVE, no standard existed and there was a clear need for an innovative approach to help organizations enhance program quality and provide positive experiences for children, which would remain with them for a lifetime.

Principles of Healthy Child Development
(7 hour in person training) – 3 Points

Principles of Health Child Development 4-hour
(4 hour in person training) – 3 PD points

Principles of Healthy Child Development-C (2 hour online training) – 2 PD points

Communicating With Empathy (1 hour in person module) – 1 PD point

Introduction to Bullying and Conflict Resolution (1 hour in person module) – 1 PD point

Planning Quality Programs (1 hour in person module) – 1 PD point

HIGH FIVE Sport (5 hour in person training) – 3 PD points

Healthy Minds for Healthy Children (1 hour online training) – 1 PD point
(FREE for anyone who has taken PHCD or Sport)

Strengthening Children’s Mental Health (7 hour in person training) – 3 PD points

Promoting Positive Behaviour (2 hour in person module – Coming Soon) – 2 PD points

PD Opportunities include: Coach 2 Coach Webinar Series (open to anyone), HeadStartPro Coaching eLearning course (open to anyone) and Human Kinetics courses (Ontario Residents only). For more information – Click Here.

If you are a NCCP Certified Coach, you can earn 1-3 PD points – some will automatically appear in your Coach Transcript and some require Self-reporting to your Coach Transcript.

Coaches are encouraged to follow their Provincial/Territorial Squash Association website and their Provincial/Territorial Coaching Association website for any upcoming coach professional development opportunities such as conferences, webinars and more.  These types of activities can provide coaches with 1-3 PD points.

Provincial/Territorial Squash Associations (PTSA) – Click Here
Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR) – Click Here

Coaching Insurance

Need coaching insurance? Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc. (CIBI) in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), has formed an exclusive National Insurance Program for Coaches across Canada. All levels of licensed, registered coaches, team leaders, mentors, training instructors and fitness coaches are considered who are in good standing with the CAC. For more information – Click Here.

Coaching Resources & Videos

Here are some additional resources to help explain the flow of Squash Canada’s Coach Certification Program within the NCCP and Long-Term Development models.