National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Training

Club Coach Youth

Club Coach Youth is designed for coaches who do not require certification but become involved on a voluntary (and often short-term) basis. Participants tend to work with curlers of all ages who are new to the sport, but most particularly with Youth Curlers.

Coaches who take this one and one half-day (1 ½) workshop will become “Club Coach Youth Trained”. This coach will be able to instruct beginning curlers and youth curlers. A Club Coach Youth instructor will concentrate on the technical skills and leading curlers in activities that are age suitable and technically correct.

Prerequisite: Must be a minimum of fourteen (14) years of age at the start of the course.

Course content:

  • Setting the Scene
  • Ethical Coaching
  • Practice Planning
  • Safety
  • Game Orientation
  • Teaching the Delivery & Brushing Skills
  • Program Management
  • Games, Skills and Activities

Register today for one of our Club Coach Youth Workshops:

LocationDate and TimeEvent Information
Cornwall Curling CentreOctober 5, 2019 (9:00am to 5:00pm)Click Here for Event DetailsClick HERE to Register
Alliston Curling ClubOctober 19, 2019 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm)Click HERE to Register
Huntley Curling ClubOctober 20, 2019 (9:00am to 5:00pm)Click HERE to Register
Palmerston Curling ClubNovember 9, 2019 (9:00am to 5:00pm)Click HERE to Register

Club Coach

Coaches who take this two-day workshop become “Club Coach Trained”. This workshop does not lead to CERTIFICATION. This is a program designed to enhance the skill set of the coach or instructor who functions primarily at the club level but whose teams are starting their competitive experience. The Club Coach will be competent in training curlers from youth to masters, with skill levels of beginning to intermediate. The Club Coach will be proficient in planning and designing a practice/clinic, ethical decision-making, teaching correct curling skills, skill analysis, safety and program management.

Prerequisite: Must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age at the start of the course.

Course content:

  • Role of the Coach and Organizational Management
  • Game Orientation, Rules & Etiquette 
  • Safety
  • Warm-ups & Cool-downs
  • The Curling Delivery
  • Introduction to Strategy 
  • Brushing
  • Ethical Coaching
  • Practices
  • Clinics
  • Skill Analysis
  • Special Interest Groups

Register today for one of our Club Coach Workshops:

Oakville Curling ClubSeptember 21- September 22, 2019Click HERE to Register
King Curling ClubSeptember 28 - September 29, 2019 (8am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
Port Arthur CC (PACC) September 28-29, 2019
(8am - 5pm)
Click HERE to Register
Cornwall Curling CenterOctober 5-6, 2019
(8am - 5pm)
Click HERE to Register
Annandale Golf and Country ClubNovember 2 - November 3, 2019 (8am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
Fenelon Falls Curling ClubNovember 2 - November 3, 2019 (8am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register

Competition Coach

Download the Competition Coach Training Pathway

 Designed for coaches who plan to work with athletes who are practicing and competing together.

Two-day workshop: spent on-ice and in the classroom

Prerequisite: None, but general knowledge of the game. (Minimum age is 14 years for training but cannot achieve certified status until after 16th birthday)

Course content:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Strategy & Tactics
  • Skill Analysis
  • Practice Planning, including Safety and EAP (Emergency Action Plan)
  • Delivery Skills
  • Brushing Skills
  • Drills to Correct

After completing the workshop the coach is considered to be a “Competition Coach In-Training”.

Coaches may be eligible for funding support  for their training and evaluation fees through the Coaches Association of Ontario. 

KW Granite ClubAugust 27/28, 2019 (9am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
Port Arthur Curling Club (PACC)September 28/29, 2019 (9am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
Glanford Curling ClubOctober 5/6, 2019 (9am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
Ennismore Curling ClubOctober 26/27 - 2019 (9am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
St. Catharines Golf & CCOctober 26/27 - 2019 (9am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register
Paris Curling ClubNovember 9/10, 2019 (9am - 5pm)Click HERE to Register

To achieve “Competition Coach Trained” status a “Competition Coach In-Training” must:

  1. Complete the Multi-Sport “Make Ethical Decisions” workshop (3.5 hours) as offered by the Coaches Association of Ontario. For details go to Making Ethical Decisions. The workshop is available in-person, remote access webinar or as a home study. Occasionally the Ontario Curling Council may deliver the workshop in conjunction with a Competition Coach Workshop or as requested by the membership.  See below for MED-Curling Workshop dates and locations.

To achieve “Competition Coach Certified” status a “Competition Coach Trained” coach must:

  1. Complete an In-person Evaluation. This is a 2-hour evaluation session (one-on-one with an Evaluator) that follows the submission of a portfolio.  The coach must execute a complete practice session on ice with his/her team.  See instructions below for details.
  2. Successfully complete the on-line Make Ethical Decisions (MED) Evaluation at

Make Ethical Decisions/Make Ethical Decisions – Curling

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

MED training is a cornerstone of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and leaves coaches with no doubt as to what to do when the going gets tough.

MED – Curling is the same content as the Multi Sport Module, just delivered in a curling environment using Curling Coach Developers.


Successful completion of the MED online evaluation is necessary for certification in any new NCCP program. MED training is not necessary to take the evaluation or to achieve certification, however, in certain programs it can lead to ‘trained’ status. Therefore, any coach wishing to attain ‘trained’ status should investigate taking MED training.

Once you have completed the MED training, and it appears on your locker transcript, you will have unlimited attempts at the MED evaluation included in your workshop fee.

If you choose to proceed directly to the MED evaluation without taking any training, please note the following (as of April 1, 2014):

  1. A fee of $85 will apply.
  2. You will have 2 attempts at passing the evaluation. If, after 2 attempts, you have not received a passing grade of 75%, you will need to sign up for MED training.

For more information on taking the MED online evaluation, please click here.

MED Workshops:

Multi Sport Make Ethical Decisions Workshops hosted by the Coaches Association of Ontario (including online offerings).

MED – Curling Workshops

PACCSeptember 27, 2019 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)Click HERE to Register

Competition Coach Evaluation

In order to receive a “Certified” Competition Coach Status – coaches must successfully complete the MED online evaluation and the Curling on-ice Evaluation

Coaches wishing to pursue evaluation must:

  1. Complete an Competition Coach Evaluation Request – you will be required to upload your completed practice plan,  emergency action plan and athlete profile.
  2. Pay your evaluation fee of $155 + HST.  Remember – coaches may be eligible for funding assistance through the Coaches Association of Ontario.
  3. When your plan is approved (revisions may be required) you will be notified by email, you may then contact a local evaluator set a mutually agreeable time for your evaluation.
  4. Upon completion of the evaluation, the evaluator will return all documentation to the OCC office, for entry into the NCCP Locker, and a copy of the signed evaluation (by both the coach and evaluator) will be returned to the coach via email.

Check out some helpful tips for successful evaluation:

  1.  All practices must contain Skill Detection and Correction – for this reason – early and mid season practices are best.
  2. On-ice practice time for evaluation purposes should not exceed 60 mins.
  3. All practices should have a clearly defined goal and activities should be consistent with that goal – example – if a Practice Goal is to improve draw weight consistency, Crazy 8’s takeout drill is not an activity which consistent with the practice’s goal.

Still have more questions about the NCCP training process?  Contact Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs and Operations at