Coach Education



Coaches make a real difference in the lives of people across Canada. They’re diverse in age and gender, they hail from all backgrounds, and they live in every region of Canada and Nova Scotia, in every urban, suburban, and rural community.

Coaching is the most common form of volunteerism in Canada. On average, volunteer coaches dedicate more than 120 hours each year to sport and recreation organizations. What they all share is a dedication their to participants, to their communities, and to promoting values such as respect, diversity, and inclusion. 

In Canada, coaching education, certification, and recognition happens through a network of partners:

The Coaching Association of Canada works with all of these partners to deliver programs for coaches in Canada, including the National Coaching Certification Program.

Start your coaching journey

Register for an account with the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) through The Locker and with Canada Basketball’s Game Plan. It’s free to register and it will assign you an NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) number. This number will help us track all the required courses for you to coach in Nova Scotia.

Click here to create or login to your FREE Coaching Association of Canada's account through The Locker. This online platform is built specifically for coaches. Engage in NCCP eLearning, register for events, access your NCCP coaching transcript, and more.

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Click here to create or login to your FREE Canada Basketball Game Plan account. This online platform tracks your NCCP number, allows you to register for courses and collect professional development points. It is also connected to your CAC Locker account to track required multi-sport courses.

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NCCP Coach Education Pathway

Click here to view Canada Basketball Coach Education Pathway graphic. Use this to determine which NCCP courses are required for the athletes you are coaching!

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Canada Basketball National Championships

Provincial Team coaches can refer here for the requirements to coach for Team Scotia at the annual Canada Basketball National Championships.







Click on the image above to read more about what is required to be a Community basketball coach with a local Basketball Nova Scotia Affiliate Club. The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) provides standardized, inclusive, and sport safety education to coaches and coach developers. Take your coaching journey to the next level by signing up for the NCCP course, appropriate for the athletes you’re coaching. We have professional development opportunities constantly. Whether it’s through our coaching partners or in-house programs. Click here to learn more.



National Coaching Certification Program


Learn to Train

Train to Train

Train to Compete

NCCP Community Sport Stream

Athletes Ages:

M: 6-9

F: 6-8

NCCP Introduction to Competition Stream

Athletes Ages:

M: 9-16

F: 8-15

NCCP Introduction to Competition Stream

*prerequisite - Learn to Train certified

Athletes Ages:

M: 16-23

F: 15-21

NCCP Competition Development Stream

Athletes Ages:

M: 16-23

F: 15-21

Click on one of the above courses to learn more.

There are no courses scheduled in Nova Scotia at this time. Please contact or contact your Club President for more information.

Canada Basketball Coach Development Pathway


Host an NCCP Clinic

Looking to host an NCCP clinic at your club? Affiliate clubs of Basketball Nova Scotia can work with us to host a clinic at your club.


  • Minimum of 10 registered coaches
  • Dates requested have an available Learning Facilitator
  • Access to a classroom & gym space (amount of time is dependant on the clinic)
  • Access to athletes to join the session (timing dependant on the clinic)

How to make the request:

  • Email Basketball Nova Scotia’s Technical Director, at to book your clinic.

Upon approval of the clinic:

  • A Learning Facilitator will be assigned by Basketball Nova Scotia to deliver the clinic.
  • Clinic date, location, and registration will be posted on the Basketball Nova Scotia website.
  • Coaches interested in attending the clinic will register and pay online through Game Plan.


Professional Development

Basketball Nova Scotia is a resource for professional development, and we want to share a number of opportunities with you that are available through our own unique programs, CoachNS and Canadian Sport Institute Atlantic

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