Become a Coach

Thank you for taking an interest in coaching

Coaching can be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences someone can have. In your decision to becoming a coach you have decided to commit to use your skills and knowledge to ensure the success of amateur boxing as a sport and to have lasting, positive, impact on an athlete’s life. As a coach you are a teacher, a leader, a mentor. Many athletes will look to you for guidance and expertise. You will be the role model that will enable an athlete to develop athletic and social skills needed to succeed in sport and in life.

A good coach can teach the skills.
great coach also inspires the love of the sport and instills respect for oneself and others regardless of the outcome of the bout. A legendary coach not only teaches and inspires others in and outside the ring but also constantly learns and shares their knowledge and thus, changes for the better the sport of boxing, the athletes and all those involved.

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

Boxing Ontario delivers the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for coaches in the province of Ontario.
This program was developed by Boxing Canada in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada to improve the standard of coaching through education.
Courses providing NCCP instruction in Introduction to Competition, & three are held regularly throughout the year in various locations around the province.
The NCCP is a five (5) level education program for coaches in over 60 sports. It is available all across Canada, in both French and English, for coaches over the age of 16 years.

Boxing Canada Coach Pathway


Instruction – Beginner (Formerly Apprentice Coach)

  1. Instruction Beginner Course: Delivered by Boxing Ontario
  2. Competition Introduction NCCP Training: Delivered by CAO
    1. Make Ethical Decisions + MED Evaluation
    2. Planning A Practice
    3. Nutrition
  3. Evaluation: Completed by Boxing Canada

All 3 steps complete = Instruction Beginner – Certified


Competition – Introduction (Formerly Club Coach)

  1. Competition Introduction Course: Delivered by Boxing Ontario
  2. Competition Introduction NCCP Training: Delivered by CAO
    1. Mental Skills
    2. Teaching & Learning
    3. Design A Sport Program
  3. Evaluation: Completed by Boxing Canada

All 3 steps complete = Competition Introduction – Certified


Competition – Development (Formerly Level 3)

  1. Competition Development Course: Delivered by Boxing Ontario
  2. Competition Development NCCP Training: Delivered by CAO
    1. Coaching and Leading Effectively
    2. Managing Conflict
    3. Psychology of Performance
    4. Developing Athletic Abilities
    5. Leading a Drug Fee Sport
    6. Prevention & Recovery
  3. Evaluation: Completed by Boxing Canada
    1. 5 Years of coaching experience
    2. Submission of an annual training plan

All 3 steps complete = Competition Development – Certified

Level 4 & 5 Advanced Coaching Diploma Program (ACD)

The Coaching Association of Canada has completed re-designing a new diploma in NCCP Advanced Coach Education. This Advanced Coaching Diploma is now based on four themes of Coaching Leadership, Coaching Effectiveness, Performance Planning and Training and Competition Readiness. Diploma coaches will work through a problem solving process that requires analysis, planning, and implementation of new skills and knowledge in day to day coaching. Each coach will build a portfolio that will provide evidence of their coaching competencies.The new ACD curriculum will require phasing out old level 4/5 tasks in a manner consistent to the development of other NCCP multi-sport modules. Coaches who are completing their NCCP Level 4 accreditation, should contact the CSI Ontario ([email protected]) to inquire about completion of outstanding Tasks.

Briefly, the new curriculum will provide the ability for coaches to engage in a program with enhanced practical applications of cutting edge research. The ACD Diploma would be considered an advanced gradation across a variety of coaching contexts. The main entry for coaches is the Competition Development context, those coaches working with the Train to Train/Train to Compete athlete within the Canadian Sport for Life framework. Taking the new Competition Development modules is a requirement for entry into the diploma program if coaches are not already level 3 accredited.

The key difference in the new diploma compared to the level 4 tasks will be the requirement of the coach to compile evidence that demonstrates competency across NCCP outcomes and criteria. This evidence will take the form of a portfolio and will be assessed by content specialists and mentors. Elements of the portfolio, as an example, could include a collection of video such as: athlete analysis, coaching analysis, and documents such as training/competition plans and critical reflections based on relevant coaching scenarios. Various exercises and activities to compile the portfolio will be part of the course of study delivered through a combination of facilitated sessions, workshops and practical/lab sessions.

The new curriculum will consist of four thematic streams; Leadership, Coaching Effectiveness, Performance Planning, and Training/Competition Readiness with approximately 270 hours of direct contact time with experts throughout the program. These streams will provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will enable the coach to build his or her portfolio of required evidence. It will also allow better integration of content areas where coaches will be able to access the most up to date performance enhancement research, rather than focusing on one content area at a time.

Complete/Obtain and submit:

  • Approval from your NSO supporting your entry into the NCI. (This can be a letter or an email)
  • The ACD registration form
  • Make Ethical Decisions Module from Competition-Development – this can be done online at
  • A coaching resume including: Level of education (high school, college, university etc.), level of athletes coached, coaching recognition (awards, major highlights, achievements, scholarships) and coaching positions held.
  • A letter stating why you want to attend the NCI including statements regarding your coaching career goals.
  • A description explaining the current context in which you are coaching (level of athletes, number of hours spent with them, program goals etc.
  • You must be actively coaching train to train/train to compete level of athletes