NCCP Professional Development Points and Maintenance of Certification

Softball Ontario, along with Softball Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing within the coaching community.

All coaches who have been certified in any Softball’s NCCP contexts (Competition-Introduction, Softball (became certified between 2005-2016) & Competition-Development, Softball (2011-2016) you will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points to maintain your NCCP certification. This is a part of a multi-sport initiative required by all 67 sports within the Coaching Association of Canada. This does not impact any softball coach who has “In Training” or “Trained” status.

More information for those previously NCCP certified in Softball (became certified between 1980-2005), will be notified as to how they are to proceed. Softball's timelines for this notification is currently August 2016.

Why do I need to maintain my certification?
The NCCP is asking Certified coaches to continue learning to help developing the best athletic performance from our athletes as well as and the integrity of the NCCP. This can be done through coaching professional development, as well as actively coaching.

When does this take effect?
Softball Coaches are able to accumulate points effective as of January 1, 2014 -onwards as well as from the point of certification after January 1, 2014.

What are the minimum requirements for me to retain my NCCP Certification?

Context Minimum Professional Development Credits required for a period of 5 years
Community Stream- Learn2Coach and Community Softball Coach N/A
Compeitition, Introduction, Softball 20 points
Competition-Development, Softball 30 points


How can I accumulate PD points?

PD points can be earned through a variety of activities that certified coaches already participate in including. These include; national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, coaching committees, e-Learning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching and/or instructing.

There are many ways to accumulate points. Events that are organized by Softball Canada, Softball Ontario, Coaching Association of Canada or Provincial/ Territorial Coaching Representatives will all advertise the number of PD points associated with the event. It is very important to first contact Softball Ontario before attending an event to ensure the event you are attending does count for PD points.

Please ensure that you contact Softball Ontario before attending an event as retroactive events will not be accepted as per the Coaching Association of Canada’s policy. For example, if you attend an event that has not been pre-approved by the necessary parties and report it for points.

Please contact Softball Ontario (Steph Sutton via email: or Softball Canada (Kristin Noonan via email for more details on softball specific opportunities that count towards PD points.

What events can I self-report?
Actively coaching or instructing is one of the points softball coaches can self-report each year on your own behalf and reported directly through the Coaching Association of Canada. Simply login to and on the left hand side of your transcript you will see a “self-report” section, click and follow the prompts.

How long to I have to accumulate my points?
You will have five (5) years to get the required number of points for Softball. Your time to have this completed is tracked on your Locker profile. Please log into your Locker profile to determine the time frame you need have Professional Development points collected by.

What qualifies for points towards Maintenance of Certification?

  Activity Category Points Limitations
Softball Actively Coaching 1 point/year for every season Coached

1 pont/year for NCCP Learning Faciltator/Evaluator activity
To a maximum number of points equal to the number of years of the certification renewal period:  5 Years
Softball NCCP Activity 5 points/module No maximum or minimum
Softball Non Activity* 3 points for approx. 3 hours of activity No maximum or minimum
Softball Coach self-directed activity* 3 points for the valid certificaiton period Maximium of 3 ponts for certification renewal period
Softball Re-evaluation in context 100% of the points required for PD credit in the context No other PD is required if a Coaches choose re-evaluation
Multi-Sport NCCP Activity 5 points/module No maximum or minimum
Mulit-Sport Non-NCCP activity 1 pointhour of activity up to 3 point maximum To a maximum of 50% of required PD credit for the context in a certification renewal period


How can I check how many PD points I have?
Your PD points will appear on your transcript as long as your profile information (name, NCCP#, etc.) has been recorded correctly with the organizer of the event, and your profile is up-to-date on You can check your profile and points by logging into and using your NCCP# to check your transcript. Remember that PD points will only appear on your transcript after the data has been entered in the Locker by Softball Ontario or Softball Canada. When you are on your NCCP transcript, on the left-hand side there is a section called ‘Maintenance.’ Click there and follow the prompts. It will show which events you have attended as well as your certification deadline, number of points attained, and number of points required.

What if I am certified in other sports and/or multiple contexts in softball?
The PD points you earn will apply to all sports’ requirements. The coach needs to accumulate the highest number of required PD points. You only need to earn the higher number of required PD points. For example, if you have “Certified” status in both Instruction contexts, you will need to acquire 20 points to maintain your Certification in both contexts.

What happens to my NCCP Certification if I do not complete the required PD in the time allowed?
Your transcript would show that your “Certified” status has not been renewed. Requirements to regain your NCCP Certification will continue to be worked out by Softball Ontario/Softball Canada through this first PD cycle (2014-2019).

How many years can I self-report that I am actively coaching to achieve PD Points?
Self-reporting for Active Coaching has been available since the CAC started tracking PD points in the Locker. A coach could go as far back as 2013 to declare active coaching (any earlier would not have mattered since Maintenance Cycles only started in 2014).



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