CAF Coaches Program

CAF Coaches Program

Important Notice – New 2021 Requirements

CAF Coaches Program

The Canadian Armed Forces is fortunate to have many great coaches who contribute to the ultimate sports experience. Thank you to all of our coaches who do so much to keep the sport fun and contribute to the growth of sports in our communities.
National Coaches Week is September 18-26. Join us in thanking our CAF Coaches on Tag us @CAFSports, #Welcomebackcoach, #ThanksCoach
During National Coaches Week, CAF Coaches can diversify their coaching knowledge with free or discounted National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) education. Log into the Locker to access specific eLearning modules for free from September 18-26, 2021. See suggested modules below.
The CAF Sports Program has partnered with The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) to provide standardized qualifications for CAF coaches and administrators to ensure a safe atmosphere for all participants. Having certfied coaches brings creditability to the CAF Sports program, brings visibility to the CAF from external associations (i.e. sports governing bodies, municipalities, etc.), and elevates the quality of the CAF Sports Program.
The CAF Coaches Program offers a variety of courses through their partnership with the CAC to CAF members and full time NPF employees to develop certified coaches to prepare them to support CAF athletes at all levels of sporting events. In order to achieve this, the CAF Sports Office (CAFSO) has provided a list of minimum certifications required for coaches and administrators supporting CAF sport programs. 

Upon completion of each course, coaches and administrators will gain leadership skills and professional development points in their locker with under their National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) account.

It is expected that CAF Coaches who receive funding from the CAFSO will commit their coaching services to a CAF Sports Team (local/Regional/National/International) for a minimum of one year and/or season. Potential sports include but are not limited to; badminton, ball hockey, basketball curling, fencing, golf, grappling, hockey, running, slo-pitch, squash, swimming & lifesaving, taekwondo, triathlon, and volleyball.

How to Register
Individuals may go to “The Locker” and login (or create account) to begin their online learning and/or reach out to their Provincial Territorial Coaching Representative (PTCR). Once complete please follow the step below for potential reimbursement.  

Funding & Reimbursement
Minimum certifications are covered by the CAFSO through the members respective local PSP Base Sports Coordinator. Upon successful completion, individuals are to fill out this form, attached receipts and provide them to their local PSP Base Sports Coordinator for reimbursement. 

Minimum Certifications
Minimum certifications will increase coach’s knowledge and allow them to improve their personality traits and qualities. The following courses must be completed by PSP Base Sports Coordinators and Regional / National / International coaches and assistant coaches by the end of each phase listed below:

Completion by the 2021 Championship in their respective sport or 31 December 2021
(whichever comes first)
Courses Coaches Assistant Coaches Sports Coordinators
First Aid & CPR Annually Annually Annually
Make Ethical Decisions X X X
Making Head Way X X X
Manage a Sport Program n/a n/a X
Safe Sport Training X X X
Completion by the 2022 Championship in their respective sport or 31 December 2022
(whichever comes first)
Courses Coaches Assistant Coaches Sports Coordinators
Emergency Action Plan X X X
Empower+ n/a n/a *
Leading Drug-Free Sport n/a n/a *
Planning a Practice X X *
* Note: Sports Coordinators are only required to take only one of the asterisks (*) courses.
Course Descriptions

NCCP Emergency Action Plan (EAP) (e-learning) 15 minutes
The EAP course prepares individuals to respond calmly, quickly, and effectively if a sport participant is seriously injured during practice or competition. Click here to get started.

NCCP Empower+ (PTCR) 4 hours
Empower+ is an intense and thought-provoking workshop that teaches individuals how to enhance the well-being of athletes and be a positive role model in the world of sport. Click here for more info.

NCCP Leading Drug-Free Sport (PTCR) 3.5 hours
After completion of this course individuals will be able to understand and explain the consequences of using banned substances in sport, educate athletes about drug-testing protocols at major competitions, and more. Click here for more info.

NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (PTCR) 4 hours
By successfully completing this course, individuals will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety. This training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport. Click here for more info. 

NCCP Making Head Way (e-learning) 1.5 hours
After completing any NCCP Making Head Way course individuals will gain knowledge about concussion safety, prevention, recognition, and return to play. Visit and search for the NCCP Making Head Way course specific to your sport.

NCCP Manage a Sport Program (PTCR) 4 hours
This course provides individuals with the opportunity to plan and interact with program budgeting, setting staff and team expectations, arranging team travel, building athlete agreements, and reporting on athlete/team progress. Click here for more info.

NCCP Planning a Practice (PTCR) 5 hours
After completing this course individuals will be prepared to plan safe and effective practices. Click here for more info.

Safe Sport Training (e-learning) 1.5 hours
By completing this course individuals will gain the knowledge and skills to create healthy and safe environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport. Click here for more info.