Coaches are highly regarded and their time is always in demand. At the same time, they enjoy flexible schedules. Coaches may spend just a few hours a week working with gymnasts to build their skills, or have a full schedule training athletes for competitive events both locally and nationally.
Please click NCCP Training Pathway below:
Please check out the upcoming courses that are available in your area.
Pre-CIT (Pre Coaching Training Program)
The Pre-CIT Program has many benefits including coach recruitment and retention. Integrate the Pre-CIT program and add value to your club and coaches!
The Pre-CIT program is a one or two year program that introduces young teens ages 13 and 14 years to the various aspects of coaching gymnastic sports, and prepares them for entry into the Gymnastics Foundations component of the National Coaching Certification Program.
The Pre-CIT program includes individual study, mentorship and hands-on coaching experience, under the supervision of a Mentor Coach. The Pre-CIT can act as an assistant coach under the direction of a certified coach, but cannot have sole responsibility of a group. A Pre-CIT must always be under the direct supervision of a certified coach who is at least 18 years of age. Direct supervision is defined as one certified coach supervising one Pre-CIT at one time.
Each member club in Alberta has been provided a hard copy of the Pre-CIT Workbook and Mentor’s Manual. If you wish to have an electronic version (PDF) of the Pre-CIT Mentor’s Manual and Workbook, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Mentor’s Manual and Workbook are provided at no cost to the member club.
Gymnastics Foundations Streamlined Course Descriptions:
The Gymnastics Foundations Program consists of 3 training courses and a 10-week practical coaching period (see Gymnastics Foundations Training Pathway). Coaches seeking certification will also need to complete an evaluation. The pre-requisite for this program is 15 years of age.
Gymnastics Foundations THEORY (MED and Planning a Practice) - 4 hours
The Theory course is a half-day course that covers content common to all gymnastics sports. After completing the THEORY course the coach is still considered “IN TRAINING” must be under the direct supervision of a certified coach. Following the Theory course ALL coaches must complete the Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation. See MED section for more details.
Gymnastics Foundations INTRODUCTION - 9 hours
This course is an in gym one-day course for ALL gym sports (Artistic, Trampoline, Rhythmic, Active Start etc.)
After completing this one-day course the coach is considered to be ‘IN TRAINING’ and may assist a certified coach. Coaches “IN TRAINING” must be under the direct supervision of a certified coach.
*(Direct supervision means: Coaches with “In Training” status cannot have sole responsibility for a group of athletes and must be working side by side with a supervised by a CERTIFIED coach that is a minimum of 18 years of age).
Gymnastics Foundations SPORT SPECIFIC - 9 hours per sport
The Sport Specific courses are one-day courses that provide practical knowledge unique to each gym sport. The gym sports that are currently offered under the gymnastics umbrella are:
- Active Start (Preschool) – Coaching children 6 years and under
- Artistic Gymnastics – Recreational classes for children 6 and older
- Trampoline - Recreational classes for children 6 and older
- Rhythmic - Recreational classes for children 6 and older
Coaches who complete the Gymnastics Foundations program and want to also coach another gymnastics sport (ie trampoline as well as artistic) can do so by attending the one day Discipline Specific course for that discipline. Coaches only have to complete the GF Intro and GF Theory courses ONCE.
After completing the Sport Specific course the coach is considered “TRAINED”
THEORY + INTRO + SPORT SPECIFIC (Artistic, Trampoline etc.) = TRAINED
“TRAINED” coaches may independently coach their own group of athletes as long as there is a “Certified” coach in the gym at all times. Coaches are encouraged to only coach athletes at their present level of training or below. “TRAINED” coaches may proceed through the coaching pathway and are eligible to take Level 2 Competitive Introduction courses in their specified discipline.
Gymnastics Foundations CERTIFICATION
THEORY + INTRO + SPORT SPECIFIC + EVALUATION = CERTIFIED
Certification is finalized following successful completion of all courses, a coaching portfolio AND GF Evaluation. Click HERE for the Evaluation Package.
“CERTIFIED” coaches may independently coach their own group of athletes AND may supervise and mentor other coaches at or below their present certification level. Certified coaches that have mentorship or supervisory responsibilities should be a minimum of 18 years of age.
Level 2 - Beginning Competitive Gymnastics or Trampoline Gymnastics
The NCCP for Gymnastics will Certify Coaches on 6 Levels:
- Gymnastics Foundations
- Level 2 – Competition Introduction (Beginning Competitive Gymnastics)
- Level 2+ – Competition Introduction Advanced (Provincial Competitive Gymnastics)
- Level 3 – Competition Development (Provincial/National Gymnastics)
- Level 4 – Competition Development Advanced (High Performance Gymnastics)
- Master Coach – Competition High Performance
Competition Introduction (Level 2) & Competition Introduction Advanced (Level 2+)
- Women’s Artistic and Men’s Artistic will soon have a new technical course for coaches to attend. The course will be called Competition Introduction (CI) and it will include a lot of the skills taught in the Level 2 WAG/MAG Technical course. There are some additional skills that were not in the Level 2 and some skills that were in the Level 2 that will be in the Competition Introduction Advanced instead.
- The Competition-Introduction Part B Theory module will also be integrated into the CI course.
- Once coaches complete the CI course they will be required to complete an evaluation process that will be released at a later date.
- All coaches will be required to complete the online Making Ethical Decisions (Competition-Introduction) exam before they will be considered certified.
- The Competition-Introduction Advanced (CIA) course is being developed. More details will be released as they are finalized.
Those coaches currently “in training” or “trained” in the “old” Level 2 Artistic Gymnastics courses are encouraged to complete the Multi-Sport Part B Theory courses and submit practical hour forms at their earliest convenience.
Level 2 Trampoline
Complete the multi-sport Theory Introduction to Competition Part B. This course is offered by Alberta Sport Connection, click here to find a course near you. It is recommended that you take the Theory Part B course before enrolling in the Level 2 Technical course, but it is not mandatory.
Attend and successfully complete the Level 2 Technical course in your Sport Specific Discipline (Women’s, Men’s, Trampoline). After completing the Technical course the coach is considered “TRAINED”. “TRAINED” coaches must be under the supervision of a Level 2 certified coach within that discipline.
Complete 150 hours for Trampoline AFTER you complete the respective Level 2 Technical course(s).
4. You must complete and submit your Level 2 Practical Coaching Form with payment to the Alberta Gymnastics Federation. Make sure your supervisor completes the supervisor’s section and signs your form otherwise it will be returned to you. Keep a copy of the form in your Coaching Portfolio just in case you need it later.
THEORY + TECHNICAL + PRACTICAL HOURS = CERTIFIED
Level 3 - Provincial/National Artistic or Trampoline Gymnastics
Coaches are required to attain the multi-sport theory component which is the completion of four (4) of the six (6) Competition Development Modules (previously known as Theory Level 3). The six competition development modules are: Prevention and Recovery of injury, Managing Conflict, Leading Drug Free Sport, Psychology of Performance, Coaching and Leading Effectively and Developing Athletic Abilities. It is preferred that gymnastics coaches NOT complete the 'Leading Drug Free Sport' module, but it will be recognized as one (1) of the four (4) required modules if they do. To find the closest course module offerings in your area, please visit Alberta Sport Connection, click here.
*Coaches that took old Theory Levels 1 and 2 (prior to April 2004) will need to complete the Design a Basic Sport Program and Make Ethical Decisions (MED) modules before they start the Competition Development modules.
Attend and successfully complete the Level 3 Technical course in your Sport Specific Discipline (Women’s, Men’s, Trampoline). After completing the Technical course the coach is considered “TRAINED”. “TRAINED” coaches must be under the supervision of a Level 3 certified coach within that discipline.
PRACTICAL – ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
In order to become Level 3 Certified, Artistic Coaches must also complete the Practical Requirements of 1 year of competitive coaching after the completion of the Level 3 Technical Course. The Coach must also submit a yearly training plan and video before attending the Level 3 Practical Evaluation Session. Please see the Level 3 Practical Guidebook.
PRACTICAL – TRAMPOLINE GYMNASTICS
In order to become Level 3 Certified, Trampoline Coaches must also complete the Practical Requirements of 300 hours of competitive coaching after the completion of the Level 3 Technical Course. Coaches must earn 25 points as per the Trampoline Gymnastics Level 3 Practical Requirements Form.
THEORY + TECHNICAL + PRACTICAL = CERTIFIED
Level 4 & 5 - High Performance / International Gymnastics
- Combines the principles and technical elements for more sophisticated gymnastics.
- High level competitive coaches attend week-long intensive sessions and prepare extensive assignments to complete these levels, including training an athlete to the Canadian National Team.
- For these levels a coach can only be invited to attend by Gymnastics Canada
Coaching Equivalency & Exemption
In certain circumstances, some coaches and athletes are eligible for coaching equivalencies and/or exemptions. Please review the Coaching Equivalency and Exemption document.
Respect in Sport
Respect in Sport is a grassroots on-line training course for coaches and sport leaders. It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport. The course is completed online and is a total of three (3) hours: split into six (6) simple, 30-minute modules.
As mandated by Gymnastics Canada, ALL Gymnastics AB coaches 15 years of age or older are required to complete this course as part of their registration requirements. There are no exemptions.
If you need to print off a copy of your RiS certificate (for your own records or to provide to your employer), you can do so at any time: just login to the RiS system to print or reprint your certificate.
Making Ethical Decisions
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. 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.
As per the Coaching Association of Canada ALL coaches must complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) component.
There are three ways of meeting this requirement:
1) IN CLASS & ONLINE: Attend 3 hour MED course with AGF or Alberta Sport Connection AND complete MED – Competition Introduction Online Evaluation. Fee for course: $42-$52.50. Online Evaluation is Free once MED course has been added to your transcript.
2) ONLINE ONLY: Skip the MED course and try to challenge the MED – Competition Introduction online evaluation. You will be challenging the MED course work and will have 2 attempts to achieve 75% or higher on exam. If you do not pass after 2nd attempt you will need to sign up for MED training. Fee for online evaluation: $85
3) HOMESTUDY: Apply for Home Study with Alberta Sport Connection.
Gymnastics Foundations Coaches complete the MED module during the theory component of their courses. Following the MED training course coaches will need to be evaluated on their learning by completing the MED Competition Introduction online evaluation*. You will need your Coaching Certification number NCCP# to access the online evaluation. If you do not have a NCCP# please search for your NCCP# here. If your search is unsuccessful please contact Alberta Gymnastics or the Coaching Association of Canada at 613-235-5000. *Please remember it can take 4-6 weeks for your NCCP# and MED course to be added to your coaching transcript. Once your MED course is added to your transcript the MED online evaluation is FREE. If your MED course has not been added to your CAC records, you will be prompted to pay $85.
Coaches who are certified under any level of the old NCCP program must complete this module and evaluation by December 31, 2014 or they will be reassigned "Trained" status and be restored to certified when the MED module and evaluation is complete.
Coaches that took old Level 1 Theory prior to April 2004 (not Introduction to Competition Part "A"), will need to complete the MED module in order to complete the online evaluation.
Click here to navigate to the online MED evaluation.
PLEASE NOTE: there are several different MED evaluation options. Gymnastics coaches must complete the 'Competition - Introduction' MED
In this section, you will find all the resources regarding the NCCP program and forms:
The competency based approach of coach training includes evaluating the coach before issuing certification. Another component is the requirement of ongoing professional development to maintain certification.
This is not fully in place yet. However, once the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) has transferred the old coach certifications (Levels 1-5) into the new NCCP (i.e. Gymnastics Foundations, Competition Introduction, Competition-Development etc.) coaches will be required to meet professional development requirements to maintain their certification status. These requirements will be tracked in the NCCP database, referred to as the Locker.
Currently only those coaches with a Gymnastics Foundations Certification can begin to garner professional development points. Gymnastics Foundations CERTIFIED coaches will have 5 years to acquire 10 professional development points following their date of certification.
Professional development points can be acquired in a variety of ways, they may include: taking a new NCCP course, re-taking an NCCP course and attendance at a recognized coaching conference (i.e. AGF Fall Congress, National Sport Leadership Conference, etc.).
1 point/ yeat for every season coached
1 point/year for Learning Facilitator or Evaluator activity
|To a maximum number of points equal to the number of years of the certification renewal period, e.g. 3 point, if certification period is 3 years.|
|NCCP activity||5 point/training module or evaluation event||No maximum or minimum|
|Non-NCCP activity||3 point for ~3 hours activity||No maximum or minimum|
|Coach self-directed activity||3 points for the valid certification period||maximum of 3 points for the certification renewal period|
|Re-evaluation in context||100% of the points required for PD credit in the context||No other PD is required if coach chooses re-evaluation|
|Multi-sport||NCCP activity||5 points/training module or evaluation event||No maximum or minimum|
|Non-NCCCP activity||1 point/hour of activity up to 3 points maximum||To a maximum of 50% of required PD credit for the context in a certification renewal period|
Point Requirements by Level:
Gymnastics Foundation Certified = 10pts/5 years
Competition Introduction Certified (L2) = 20pts/5 years
Competition Development Certified (L3) = 30pts/5years
AGF will communicate to the membership when more coaching levels are eligible to start obtaining professional development points.
The professional coach
These professional development requirements will further enhance the concept of the professional coach. This is similar to any professional society (engineers, doctors, fundraisers, accountants, etc.) where ongoing learning and professional development enhance the profession and strengthen its reputation.
The initial NCCP certification is similar to the requirements for acceptance into a professional society. As with any of these societies, ongoing professional development is required to maintain membership.
The AGF Education Coordinator at email@example.com.
Become a Judge
Judges are integral to the gymnastics program. To become a judge, you must be at least 16 years of age, take a certification in the specific discipline as well as pass a written exam and may need to take part in shadow judging. WAG, MAG and T&T programs each have their own specific criteria to become a certified judge. Please contact the WAG, MAG and T&T program director for more information on the program specific judging certification requirements.
Judges are needed for Invitational meets, trials and the Alberta Provincial Championships. As you gain experience and take higher-level certification courses, you could be eligible to judge at Western Canadian Championships and Canadian Championships.
Refer to the Calendar of Events for the Judging course that you are interested in.
To see all the available judging courses, please click on the REGISTER button on the right. For more information about how to become a judge for the WAG program, please contact the AGF office at 403-259-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAG and T&T Judging
For information about how to become a judge for MAG and T&T programs, please contact Derek Hanson or call 403-212-5728.