Professional Development: The Ways Coaches Learn
Coach Education is about much more than which NCCP courses
you’ve taken. There are many ways to brush up on your skills, enhance your
knowledge and improve your coaching abilities. Formal learning in a classroom
is just part of the equation. Below are some of the different ways learning
occurs, and how you can track your independent, self-directed ongoing learning
in The Locker and get PD points on your coach transcript.
CAO Executive Director Jeremy Cross has made a short video to demonstrate how you can self-report the PD you’ve already completed for up to 8 PD points. Check it out here:
If you are a Certified Coach and require PD points for your
Maintenance of Certification, self-reporting your PD is even more valuable. But
any coach can get credit for the development they pursue alongside their
If you have questions or concerns about Maintenance of Certification or PD points tracking in the locker, please visit the CAC’s Maintenance of Certification web page where you’ll find loads of PD opportunities, information about how to read your PD requirements in the Locker, and a handy Frequently Asked Questions section.
Or contact us at the CAO (416) 426-7086 or email@example.com
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How do you get your Professional Development?
What are some things you’re already doing that you consider valuable. continuous learning or informal learning?
Share your tips and best practices!
Walter Martindale – Rowing – Cambridge, ON – 35 years
“…Attending Rowing Canada’s National Coaching Conference as often as possible. When in Ontario I tried to attend RowOntario’s conference and CAO conference as well. I also read research papers on training, coaching, technique development, sports psych, and subscribe to the Rowing Biomechanics Newsletter published monthly for the last 18 years by Valery Kleshnev.”
Glenn Gabriel – Curling – Toronto – 13 years
“…There are several ways that I get my Professional
Development as a coach.
There are traditional sources, like taking NCCP courses
(online and in-person) and attending conferences, both multisport (CAO) and
I read a lot of coaching and teaching-related books, visit
several Web sites (e.g., Positive Coaching Alliance) and listen to several
podcasts (e.g., Winning Youth Coaching ).
Two “out-of-the-box” ideas:
Al Samsa – Basketball – Mississauga – 30+ years
“Facebook groups. Great places to discuss topics and share experiences in your sport.”
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