Professional Development

Lifelong learning or ‘Professional Development’ (PD), prepares you for the challenges you will encounter as a coach. The more development you pursue, the more positive your impact on your athletes and participants both on and off the field.

Even if you are not an NCCP-trained or certified coach, lifelong learning can improve your overall coaching experience and enhance your participants’ enjoyment of sport. Coaches who supplement their core practice and game planning with self-directed learning activities report higher rates of satisfaction and stay in coaching for longer. Their participants have more fun, too.

Approved activities offered by the CAO listed below are applied to your NCCP transcript on the Locker. Professional Development Points are awarded for approved activities and refers to those coaches who seek to maintain their certification (or trained status, if their sport requires it).

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

The NCCP is the cornerstone of coach education in Canada. Coaches of all 65 federally recognized sports receive their training and certification through the NCCP. The NCCP is for coaches at every context and for those coaching every age of athlete.

Human Kinetics

Human Kinetics is a world leader in providing information related to sport & physical activity. They work with authors and partners from across the globe and the highest authority in their industries.

Over 75+ Human Kinetics courses are available for Ontario residents through a CAO approved course catalog. To access the catalog visit the CAO – Approved Course Catalog.

The CAO course catalog includes over 75 courses (online & print) available for purchase in various categories such as:

  • Strength Training & Sport Conditioning
  • Stretching & Flexibility
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Youth Movement Skills
  • …And so much more!

Over 75 NEW online courses available!

Step 1:

  • Visit the course catalog.

Step 2:

  • Select a course & enter your NCCP number in the provided box.

Step 3:

  • Checkout!

PD Points are added to your NCCP account by CAO up to 90 days after purchase.

Only courses listed in the CAO approved catalog are eligible for PD Points.

PD points are ONLY for Ontario residents.

Over 75 NEW online courses available!


Learn to empower your athletes with the skills to improve focus, awareness, and decision-making that improves performance and prevents injuries. This online training helps to prevent critical errors & decision-making compromised due to Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue, & Complacency.

The course is for coaches with athletes in the Learn-to-Train, Train-to-Train, and Train-to-Compete stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

Step 1:

  • Visit the HeadStartPro link.

Step 2:

  • Enter your NCCP number in the provided box.

Step 3:

  • Checkout!

PD Points are added to your NCCP account by CAO up to 90 days after purchase. PD points are ONLY for Ontario residents.

Enhance performance and prevent injuries online training

View all available courses in Ontario

Submit your event and/or training as NCCP PD Points!

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Did you know you can self-report up to 8 PD Points per cycle