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News, Update
Advisory on COVID-19

December 9, 2020 Updates Disease Update The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is over 68 million with over 47...


Moose Jaw Oympian Ben Coakwell, a member of the the Canadian bobsleigh team, temporarily swapped his bobsleigh helmet for a...


Before training was shut down, you had moved to Montreal to train with the national synchronized swimming team, how did...


The latest edition of the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan newsletter is now available. You can read it here.


How did you adapt your training to deal with the postponement of the Olympic Games, the cancelling of competitions and...

CCES Publishes Covid-19 testing procedure FAq for Athletes

(Ottawa, Ontario – July 23, 2020) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) recently resumed urine sample collection...


How have you adapted your training to account for the postponement of the Games and trial competitions, as well as...


How's training been going? Training has been going really well. It has definitely changed due to COVID-19 and the pools...

News, Update
CCES to Resume Urine Sample Collection

As athletes and sports return to training and provincial health restrictions are lifted, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport...

Statement from the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network regarding the announcement of a $5 million investment by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Own the Podium (OTP) for the phased return to high performance sport in Canada.

"Across the country, the COPSI Network has continued to support high performance athletes and coaches from a distance during the...

CSCS April 2020 Newsletter

The latest edition of the Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan newsletter is now available. You can read it here.

News, Update
COC and CPC thank IOC for its decision to postpone Games to 2021

IOC has given Tokyo hopefuls worldwide the clarity they need about the immediate future TORONTO/OTTAWA – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)...

News, Update
Team Canada will not send athletes to Games in summer 2020 due to COVID-19 risks

TORONTO/OTTAWA (March 22, 2020) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions,...

Saskatchewan Sport Awards Finalists Announced

Sask Sport named eight Canadian Sport Centre Saskatchewan registered athletes as finalists for the 2019 Saskatchewan Sport Awards Wednesday. The...

Game Plan
Bell Let’s Talk Session – Recap

At the end of January, people across Canada joined in conversations promoting mental health awareness as part of the Bell...

Game Plan
Coach Education – Start training today

Game Plan and the Coaching Association Canada (CAC) are excited to announce that our fall application is now open! We are looking...

News, Results
Follow Sask. athletes to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games with

Looking for news and information on Saskatchewan athletes, coaches and team staff on the road to the 2020 Olympic and...

The 2020 Prohibited List is Now in Effect

Ottawa – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) reminds the Canadian sport community that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s...

Canadian Paralympic Committee opens new round of grants in support of Paralympic sport development programs

Ottawa – The Canadian Paralympic Committee officially launched the application process for the 2020-21 Paralympic Sport Development Fund on Wednesday, inviting...

Future Best Deadline

Future Best is designed to assist athletes who are involved in an intense level of training and competition with the...

Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD)

Every athlete deserves an educated coach.  The Advanced Coaching Diploma is the most extensive multi-sport training program offered by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in Canada.  Advanced Coaching Diploma (ACD) coaches are recognized as being among the most qualified coaches and leaders of Canadian athletes and sport programs competing provincially, nationally, and internationally. This unique, multi-sport program is essential for Canadian coaches seeking the next step in their coaching careers.

The Advanced Coaching Diploma is a coach driven, expert led, peer enriched, and mentor supported coach education program.  The program is ideal for coaches working along the high performance pathway who want access to cutting-edge, sport-science research and information, the opportunity to work alongside top coaches and mentors, and who desire to be a more effective coach.  This competency-based adult learning experience is delivered both in person and online through the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network.

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    Coach Driven

    ACD coaches are tasked with applying evidence-based best practice and theory from each of the four integrated themes in their specific sport context:  Coaching Leadership, Coaching Effectiveness, Performance Planning, and Training and Competition Readiness. 

    Throughout the ACD program, coaches are asked to complete a series of modules comprised of several units of in-classroom sessions, seminars, workshops or labs. Coaches are asked to implement content from class to their training and competition environments.  Coaches drive the purposeful and critical application of theory and practice from ACD courses to their coaching practice. This pillar sets the ACD apart in that each coach’s learning is relevant because it is put to immediate practical use in the coach’s context and environment.

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    Expert Led

    The ACD content experts and facilitators are comprised of leading sport scientists and academics, sport industry leaders, as well as expert NCCP coaches and mentors, deliver content and facilitate learning in the four themes of the program.  Expert content is grounded in current research and best practice in the fields of sport leadership, physiology, motor learning, sport psychology, talent identification, physiotherapy, recovery and regeneration, group dynamics and more.   

    The ACD program is relevant and engaging for a diverse mix of coaches because the ACD content experts and facilitators have translated the most current research on how coaches learn into a dynamic environment where coaches engage with cutting edge research, best practices, and insight by Canada’s top coaches and researchers.

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    Peer Enriched

    A growing body of coaching science suggests that the world’s best coaches make significant learning gains through interacting with other coaches.  The ACD program is delivered through a structured learning community where participating coaches share, challenge, and grow from each other’s experiences and perspectives.  

    The multi-sport nature of the ACD adds to the richness of coach learning.  Coaches are exposed repeatedly to ideas and practices that are out of their comfort zone, advancing their learning at a significant rate. 

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    Mentor Supported

    The ACD Leadership Team, and individuals who support ACD coach-learners in the program, are NCCP Coach Developers with extensive experience leading, mentoring, and building the sport landscape in Canada and beyond.  Each coach in the program engages in timely, meaningful conversations with their mentor both one-on-one and in a small group. The mentor supported layer of our coaches’ program is described as “invaluable, inimitable and gold” by our coaches.  

    Our multi-sport mentors support and challenge each member of our structured learning community throughout the two-year program.  Our mentors include past graduates of the program, Olympic and Paralympic coaches, Chartered Professional Coaches, and leaders in their sport as NCCP Coach Developers. Coaches enrolled in the ACD program will work with a designated master and/or mentor coach who will support them in their completion of program requirements. The diploma program requires a mid-point and final assessment by a panel of content specialists. The ACD is one step towards certification in the Competition-Development Advanced Gradation context. To complete their certification, the coach must contact their respective National Sport Organization (NSO) to apply for the sport-specific evaluation.

Target Coaches

The Advanced Coaching Diploma predominantly targets coaches with athletes from Train to Train, Train to Compete, and Train to Win, which may include:

National Training Centre coaches and targeted next-gen coaches:

  • NSO-identified coaches with potential to develop into coaches of high performance athletes;
  • Post-secondary institution coaches (U SPORTS, NCAA, CCAA);
  • Personal coaches of identified athletes;
    • Canada Games and provincial team coaches; and
    • Club coaches of highly ranked clubs and self-made/entrepreneurial coaches.

Flexible Diploma Program Delivery

The Advanced Coaching Diploma provides an opportunity for the active coach with a busy schedule to engage in advanced learning.  The ACD program is available in a two-year, part-time program, yet may be obtained in more or less time depending on the location as various delivery schedules are available. 

The Advanced Coaching Diploma is delivered and designed to accommodate the travel and day-to-day demands of coaches.  A significant advantage to the ACD program is that coaches can attend in person, at a distance, with some content delivered asynchronously, depending on location.  On average, ACD coaches will spend between approximately 10-12 hours per week engaging with program content and application over a 6-8 month period. During this period, coaches are actively applying their learning in their daily training environment. Over the next 6-8 month period, coaches focus on their competitive season, and prepare for their formal assessments. 

ACD Program Structure

The brochure outlines the usual structure of the ACD program.

Entry Pre-requisites

Please download the Advanced Coaching Diploma brochure for the entry pre-requisites for coaches wishing to achieve an Advanced Coaching Diploma. Coaches can find more information, and apply for the ACD Program directly through their CAC Locker transcript. 

Please check with your National Sport Organization (NSO) to see how the ACD fits into the relevant coach development pathway, as this may differ from sport to sport.  A coach must have a letter of endorsement from their NSO as part of the application process.


Contact the ACD Director in your region to learn more about program costs. Tuition can be paid in installments, and may vary by location. A number of grants and bursaries may be available depending on location. 

To find out more information in Saskatchewan, contact: Dave Robertson