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There are essentially two (2) streams for coaches to begin their coach education:

This is called the “Let’s Ride! Community Initiation” Stream.

Let’s Ride! Community Initiation

Let’s Ride! Community Initiation (CI) is the NCCP context for coaches who will primarily work with novice, pre-competitive cyclists at the community level, including participants in the Active Start, FUNdamentals and early Learn to Train stages of athlete development. The program is simple, based on a number of pre-designed lesson plans, and adaptable to the varying skill and ability levels of participants. The focus of the program is on having participants develop skills which are basic to MTB, BMX, and Road, in a controlled, off-road, off-trail setting such as a sport field or parking lot.

 CI training has several courses ranging from online to in-person in order to obtain certification and typically have to be completed in the following order:

1) Cycling Foundations eLearning: $15 1hr Online Course – participants can visit https://edu.cyclingcanada.ca/ create their own account and begin their coaching journey with this 1 hour eLearning course discussing the foundations of cycling.

2) NCCP Make Ethical Decisions: $75 4hr Scheduled Online or In-Person Course – Visit https://www.coachesontario.ca/calendar/?subcategory=make-ethical-decisions to view schedule of upcoming courses. Your Participation in this course is mandatory for continuation within the Community Coaching stream.

3) NCCP Emergency Action Plan: FREE 1hr Online Course – Visit https://thelocker.coach.ca/onlinelearning#EAP-E after creating your own Locker ID, you can select this course from the eLearning portal to be taken at your leisure. This assigned NCCP number will follow you throughout the rest of your coaching journey.

4) Practice Planning: Scheduled Online Course – Keep an eye on our “Upcoming Courses” tab for a list of any Practice Planning courses. This online course must be completed prior to participating in the in-person Basic Cycling Skills coaching course.

5) Basic Cycling Skills: In-Person (on bike) Course – Keep an eye on our “Upcoming Courses” tab for a list of any of our upcoming Basic Cycling Skills courses. This in-person course is the final step in your Community Initiation coaching stream.

For course description and details on the certification process please visit the Cycling Canada coaching education information page at https://www.cyclingcanada.ca/get-involved/coaches/coach-education/ 

For a list of upcoming courses being offered in Ontario please visit our coach courses page.

This is called the “Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition” Stream.

Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition:

Ready to Race! Introduction to Competition (R2R) is the context for coaches who will primarily work with new competitive cyclists at the community and club level. These athletes will likely be in the Learn to Train to Train to Train stages of LTAD, although the context could apply to any new racer of any age. These athletes have basic but developed cycling skills and the desire to begin competing within a structured training and competition program.

The Introduction to Competition coaching stream has several courses ranging from online to in-person and even on-bike in order to obtain certification and typically have to be completed in the following order:

1) Cycling Foundations eLearning: $15 1hr Online Course – participants can visit https://edu.cyclingcanada.ca/ create their own account and begin their coaching journey with this 1 hour eLearning course discussing the foundations of cycling.

2a) NCCP Make Ethical Decisions: $75 4hr Scheduled Online or In-Person Course – Visit https://www.coachesontario.ca/calendar/?subcategory=make-ethical-decisions to view schedule of upcoming courses. Your Participation in this course is mandatory for continuation within the Community Coaching stream.

2b) NCCP Emergency Action Plan: FREE 1hr Online Course – Visit https://thelocker.coach.ca/onlinelearning#EAP-E after creating your own Locker ID, you can select this course from the eLearning portal to be taken at your leisure. This assigned NCCP number will follow you throughout the rest of your coaching journey.

3) Basic Cycling Skills: In-Person (on bike) Course – Keep an eye on our “Upcoming Courses” tab for a list of any of our upcoming Basic Cycling Skills courses. This in-person course is the final step in your Community Initiation coaching stream.

4) Skills and Tactics Theory: Scheduled Online Course – Keep an eye on our “Upcoming Courses” tab for a list of any of our upcoming Skills and Tactics Theory courses. This online course must be completed prior to participating in the in-person Skills and Tactics coaching course.

5) Skills and Tactics Practical: In-Person (on bike) discipline-specific course – Keep an eye on our “Upcoming Courses” tab for a list of any of our upcoming Skills and Tactics courses. Available in various disciplines such as Road, Track, MTB and BMX.

6) Sport Nutrition: $20 1hr Online Course – Visit https://thelocker.coach.ca/onlinelearning#SN-E  where you can select this course from the eLearning portal to be taken at your leisure. 

7) Training to Race: Online or In-Person Course – This intensive course can be delivered in an in-person classroom setting or online virtually and is comprised of over 12 hours of learning. Topics include creating yearly training plans, mental health and discussions surrounding the coaches role within the competition setting. During this course, participants will be given the opportunity and resources to complete their Coaching Portfolio. 

8) Portfolio Submission: $150 Document Submission/Evaluation – Your completion of the above courses will have given you the resources and information necessary to complete your Introduction to Competition coaching portfolio. This $150 fee covers the cost of evaluation, feedback as well as subsequent discipline-specific test entry fees as prescribed by Cycling Canada. If you are interested in submitting your coaching portfolio for evaluation, email [email protected] 

For course description and details on the certification process please visit the Cycling Canada coaching education information page at https://www.cyclingcanada.ca/get-involved/coaches/coach-education/ 

For a list of upcoming courses being offered in Ontario please visit our coach courses page.