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Competition Coaches

Curling coaches are community leaders who can inspire passion for sport and physical activity. They mentor young athletes to develop essential life skills, as well as help them realize their potential. Participating in coach education significantly increases a coach’s confidence in their abilities. Having trained coaches is one of the key factors that contributes to a quality sport experience.

  • Curl BC is committed to ensuring coaching education meets curling centres’ and curlers’ needs and is best in class.
  • The Competition Coach stream is for coaches/volunteers that will work with teams participating in playdown events.
  • All coaches are required to have Competition Coach Certification for BC Winter Games
Competition Coaches

The competition coach course prepares coaches to work with intermediate and competitive level athletes. This is a streamlined theory and technical workshop offered over a weekend with a Curl BC Learning Facilitator. It is recommended that you have previous coaching experience or are a former athlete, however there are no prerequisites for this course.

Coaches will learn about:

  • teaching and learning strategies, tactics, delivery & brushing skills
  • making ethical decisions
  • emergency action plans
  • skill analysis & drills to correct faults
  • practice planning
  • competition planning

Competition Coach Course Fees *Including GST

  • Competition Coach Course  $184.40 Curl BC Members/ $224.40 Non Members
  • Making Ethical Decisions Training Curl BC Member: $21.00/ $29.00 Non Members

Competition Coach Evaluation Fees *Including GST

  • On Ice Evaluation: $157.50 Curl BC Member / $174.40 Non Member
  • Challenge Evaluation $262.50 Curl BC Member / $294.00 Non Member
    • Challenge Evaluations are approved by the Master Coach Developer and Curl BC Education and Youth Development Manager

Request a Coach Evaluation Form

The 4 steps towards full certification of Competition Coach are as follows:

  1. Competition Coach Course Training
  2. MED Training ** See Available options below
  3. Passing the online MED Evaluation
  4. Passing the on-ice Evaluation

On Ice Evaluation (after Competition Coach Course):

  • Trained Competition Coaches are evaluated by a Curl BC Coach Evaluator while they lead a one hour on-ice practice with 4 athletes. The appropriate paperwork is to be submitted prior to the practice, and involves pre and post mentorship with the Coach Evaluator.

Making Ethical Decisions (MED):

  •  Please note that MED is required for obtaining competition coach certification.
  • Completion and passing the online Making Ethical Decisions module (test) through the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) is a follow-up requirement.
  • The MED course can also be completed through online homestudy, via a partner or multi-sport organization or local college (varied rates apply).

Competition Development Coaches

The Competition Development workshop is a comprehensive course that is designed to assist coaches in taking their teams to the next level of competitive play provincially, nationally, or internationally. The workshop encompasses planning, strategy, analysis and program management to better your team’s performance. It is recommended that coaches are working with teams that are “Training to Compete.”

  • Prerequisites: Coaches must be Competition Coach or Level 2 certified
  • Competition Development has replaced the previous Level 3 Technical.

Competition Development is the replacement to the Level 3 Certification program. It is a program that is administered and delivered by the Curling Canada with assistance from its Member Associations (Curl BC).

During this training coaches will learn:

– Current Technical Skills
– How to Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance
– Performance Planning
– Program Management
– Advanced Strategy
– Advanced Practice Planning
– Prevention and Recovery (Integrated Multisport Module)
– Developing Athletic Abilities (Integrated Multisport Module)

The program will take approximately 14 months to complete, as it requires writing, implementing, executing and debriefing an
annual plan.

In addition to the annual plan portfolio, two observation evaluations (a practice and a competitive environment) must be completed. Coaches will need to complete the Competition Development Make Ethical Decision Online Evaluation, and will need to complete the four remaining competition development multisport modules:

  • Managing Conflict
  • Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Leading Drug Free Sport.

Workshop dates and locations are set through Curling Canada

Link to the CCA webpage on Competition Development Program

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Jennifer Ferris, NCCP Transition Consultant for the Canadian Curling Association at

Course Fees: 2019 Richmond Course was $450.00

Upcoming Competition Coach Courses

  • There are currently no in-person or virtual courses scheduled at this time.

Upcoming  Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Course

  • There are currently no MED Courses planned at this time


  • Education and Youth Development Coordinator Jason Liu
    • For inquiries about coach training, certification, and maintenance email
    • all Coach training and certification is through the NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program)
  • Coach Development Coordinator Karen Watson
    • Works with Kim Dennis to ensure Curl BC meets the coach training standards set by the CAC (Coaching Association of Canada) and Curling Canada.
    • Contact Karen Watson for any inquiries about Coach Development.

Unsure of your coach certification details? Look up your NCCP Coaching transcript online on the Coaches Association of Canada’s database; the locker 

More Resources:

Rockslide Coach Camp

Take your knowledge beyond NCCP Training and take part in the Rockslide Coach Camp. Held alongside the Rockslide Summer Curling Camp, the coach camp builds on the content in the competition coach workshop and bridges the gap for those coaches considering going on to competition development training.

Coach Mentorship & Development

Coaches who would like to take part in our Coach Mentorship Program either as a Mentor or Mentee can visit our Coach Mentorship Program page. The program is designed to help coaches bridge the gap between textbook learning and real-life experience.

In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. In most cases coaches are already earning the required PD points and it is a matter of reporting these events so that coaches can be recognized for their efforts and track their progress. Visit our Coaching Professional Development page for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the questions that Curl BC is often asked regarding coaching.

If you have a question about coaching, please email it to Jason Liu ( and we will endeavour to answer it.

1. How do I know which coach workshop to take?

First, think about the curlers that you intend to instruct or coach. Do they hope to compete in zones, playdowns, provincials and onwards? If yes, the Competition Coach workshop is for you. To further your skills set at this level, one may register for Curling Canada’s Competition Development workshop after completing the Competition Coach certification.

Are you instructing people new to curling or those focused on league and social play? Club Coach Youth or Club Coach workshops would fit your needs.

Use the Curling Canada and Coaching Association of Canada tool to find out more about the right course for you

2. I want to coach a team with competitive aspirations. How much time and money will it take me to get certified?

There are four steps to becoming certified and ongoing requirements to be deemed active.

Step 1 – Attend the Competition Coach workshop which takes 14 hours in total and is usually run over two consecutive days. There is no prerequisite for this workshop, although knowledge of the sport or being a curler/former curler is ideal. The cost for the workshop is $184.40 and includes resources material.

Step 2 – Complete Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training, you can do it in-person ($25 and three hours through Curl BC) or online ($65 and two – five hours through viaSPORT). You can find out more about MED here.

One may “challenge” or skip Step 2 if you want to. See Step 3 for details.

Step 3 – Complete and pass the MED online module/test. There is no cost to take the test if you have completed Step 2 but it will cost $85 if you are “challenging” Step 2.  If you do not achieve the required 75% to pass within two attempts, you must complete Step 2. The module takes 20 to 60 minutes. The MED module is found on The Locker via e-learning. IMPORTANT: There are multiple MED evaluations. the one required for this is: Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Introduction.

Step 4 – Successfully complete Competition Coach Evaluation. This is an on-ice one hour practice with a team of four competitive curlers in the presence of an evaluator (or on video). The on-ice evaluation includes preparatory work.

3. I’d like to coach a team through zones to playdowns. What qualifications are required?

In U18s and Juniors it is mandatory that every team has a certified Competition Coach with them. Women’s, Men’s, Mixed, Seniors teams can register without a coach. Any coach who registers with a team must be Competition Coach Certified

4. Can I get an exemption from coach certification?

Exemptions can be explored on a case-by-case basis. The Curl BC Education Coordinator and the Curl BC Competitions Manager must receive a written/email request. Visit the Contact Us page for information.

5. I now know which workshop to take. How and where do I register?

Curl BC runs coaching courses on several occasions throughout the year and we list all of them our website, you can view them in the Community Coach, Competition Coach and Competition Development sections above. (payment can be done online or a cheque can be mailed to the office)

If you want to stay up-to-date on all of our workshops dates then sign up to our newsletter The Curling Connection to receive regular updates.

You can also arrange for your curling centre/club to host a workshop.

6. How do I go from trained to certified?

A coach with an “in-training” status has completed the coach workshop component.

A coach with a “trained” status has one or more steps left to complete the certification process. For example, they have attended a Competition Coach workshop but the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) course and or online module/evaluation have yet to be completed. A coach with a “trained” status must also complete their evaluation (an $84 one hour on-ice practice with a team of four in presence of a Curl BC evaluator, having completed the correlating paperwork).

“Certified” indicates you have completed all the necessary steps required.

Please note: Club Coach and Club Coach Youth are trained coaches therefore certification is not required. In other words, taking the workshop is the sole step required.

7. Our curling centre/club would like to host a coaching workshop. How do we host?

If you would like to host a coaching workshop, please complete an online request form here. It is helpful to have a date or two in mind for when you would like the workshop to take place.

8. How do I check my coach certification status?

You can check your certification status by logging into Coaching Associations “The Locker”. Click here for a step by step guide. Email for assistance with technical issues

9. What is The Locker and how do I access it?

The Locker is the national coaching database set-up  by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), the organization that manages the National Coach Certification Program (NCCP). Anyone who has completed a coach course/workshop can gain access to The Locker.

Visit the CAC website and click on The Locker in top right corner. Follow the steps to access the The Locker.

10. I became a coach under the Levels (Level 1 theory, practical, technical etc…) system. Where do I stand now that it is no longer offered?

On May 31, 2015 all coaches in the Levels system were transferred to the new system. All transferred coaches must complete the Make Ethical Decisions evaluation (an e-learning module) in The Locker by January 2019.  See question #7 to access basics about The Locker. [/toggle]

11. What is Maintenance of Certification or Professional Development (PD) Points and do I need to adhere to it?

All certified coaches must “maintain their certification” by way of collecting PD Points.

Certified Competition Coaches must collect 25 PD Points in a five-year cycle.

Certified Competition Development Coaches must collect 35 PD Points in a five-year cycle.

As Club Coach and Club Coach Youth are trained rather than certified courses the above system does not apply and you do not need to collect points.

Visit The Locker to find out what your five year cycle is? See question #9 to access basics about The Locker.

You can read more about PD Points on the Professional Development pages of our website.