The ACD is designed for coaches who work with athletes on a high performance pathway and who wish to stay on the cutting edge of sport science research, be mentored by leading coaching experts, and maximize their effectiveness.
Candidates must hold “Certified” status in the NCCP Competition-Development context, have been working with athletes in the Train to Train stage or higher for at least three years, and be willing to fully engage in the program and critically examine their methods.
The ACD focuses on athlete performance in the Competition – Development and Competition – High Performance contexts and aims to develop competent coaches who are able to prepare athletes to reach the podium in provincial, national and international competition.
To find out how the program relates to the NCCP Competition – Advanced Development (CAD) and Competition – High Performance contexts in your sport, contact your national sport organization.
The Advanced Coaching Diploma program predominantly targets coaches working with “Train to train” and “Train to Compete” athletes. They include:
- Canada Games and provincial team head coaches;
- Personal coaches of pre-carded, provincially carded, and developmental carded athletes;
- Club coaches of highly ranked clubs and self-made/entrepreneurial coaches;
- Post-secondary coaches (CIS, NCAA, CCAA);
- NSO-identified coaches with potential to develop into coaches of high performance athletes;
- National Training Centre coaches and assistant coaches.