All coaches must be at least 21 years of age in all categories except for U15. For U15 competitions, coaches must be at least 18 years of age, if a coach is less than 21 years old, he/she must provide two favourable letters of reference if requested.
Coaches in all categories must have a Police Record Check on file with Curling Alberta. Criminal Record Checks expire with our organization in three years. For example, if your check was completed prior to Sept 2017, you are required to submit a new one for this curling season (2019-20). To complete your Criminal Record Check online, visit myBackCheck.com.
All Coaches should review the competition policies, Competitor’s Guide and related event Appendix. Click here
The Community Sport Stream consisting of “Club Coach: Youth” and “Club Coach” programs consist of training only. At the completion of these workshops, coaches will be “Trained.” There is no evaluation component to these programs.
The Competition Stream consisting of “Competition Coach” and “Competition Development” consist of training and evaluation(s). Upon successful completion of evaluation(s), coaches in the competition stream will be “Certified.” While training is always recommended, a “challenge” process does exist.
For more details, visit the Curling Canada Evaluation Requirements
Alberta Winter Games, Arctic Winter Games:
Canada Winter Games:
Club Coach - Trained
Competition Coach - Trained
Competition Coach - Certified
Competition Development Coach - Certified
The program will take approximately 14 months to complete, as it requires writing, implementing, executing and debriefing an annual plan.
MED (Make Ethical Decisions) Multi-Sport 3 Hour Module
On-line MED Evaluation
ATTENTION: LEVEL 2 CERTIFIED COACHES
This workshop has been designed for the community Coach who is working with children or youth and is introducing the basic skills of curling. The goals of this workshop is to prepare Coaches to help out at the club level. The program is a 7-hour workshop that deals with everything from basic delivery/sweeping mechanics to program safety, setup and logistics. Minimum age requirement - 14 years old. *NOTE: This is only for club instruction. You will need to take other course(s) to attend a Competition with a team.
The Club Coach program is a 15-hour (2-day) workshop designed to enhance the skill set of Instructors who function predominantly at the club level. The Club Coach will be competent in training curlers from youth to masters, with skill levels of beginner to intermediate. The Club Coach is able to instruct Novice (Learn to Curl) and Intermediate clinics. Minimum age requirement - 16 years old.
Competition Coach is a 2-day workshop. It is recommended that individuals have a good understanding of the game and technical skills from the perspective of working with Intermediate to Advanced-skilled teams. The Competition Coach will learn: Teaching & learning Strategies, Strategy & Tactics, Delivery & Brushing Skills, Skill Analysis, Practice Planning (including Safety & EAP) and Drills to Correct. Minimum age requirement - 16 years old.
Competition Development is a comprehensive course that is designed to assist coaches in taking their teams to the next level of competitive play (eg: provincial, national or international). It is recommended that coaches are working with teams that are “Training to Compete.” The workshop encompasses planning, strategy, analysis and program management to better your team’s performance. The Prerequisites for the Competition development work shop is Level 2 Certified in the old system or Competition Coach Certified.
Effective January 2014, a "Maintenance of Certification" for all NCCP coaches was implemented by Curling Canada. Coaches are required to earn a minimum number of Professional Development (PD) Points dependant on their date of certification.
Competition Coach - 5 years to earn 20 points
Competition Development - 5 years to earn 30 points
Club Coach is not included in the PD Point program
PD Points can be earned through a variety of activities. The following workshops have recently been added to 'the Locker' to obtain PD Points:
Strategy & Tactics Workshop
Coaching a Team in a Competition Effectively
Technical Skills Workshop
For further information regarding PD Points, please visit Curling Canada’s Maintenance of Certification webpage.