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Coach and team official certification Requirements

Required Postions and Certifications for all Teams

Each NVMHA team must roster

  1. One only Head Coach - mandatory
  2. Assistant Coaches
  3. One only Manager - mandatory
  4. Hockey Canada Safety Person - minimum 1 mandatory
  5. On-Ice Helpers

Certifications are required as follows:

Respect in Sport (RiS)

RIS is an on-line training course for coaches and sport leaders.  It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment and bullying in sport. 

RIS must be completed by Dec 1

RIS expires every five years on August 1. 

NEW for Team Officials who have completed RIS for activity leaders with other sport organizations you may be able to transfer the certification. To check please do the following:

  1. Go to program link,
  2. Select “Register a New User” and enter the certification number in the box at the top of the page.
  3. Select “Check”, then the profile will be loaded
  4. Complete the registration page, hit submit and profile will be added to the HCR.
  5. If the certification shows up on HCR profile it has been accepted. If not please email certificate to for an explanation

Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT)

All coaches and team officials must complete the free Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) course as part of their certification process. The course is free and takes 30 minutes to complete.

Coaches and Team Officials - this course is mandatory prior to season start.Once completed you will receive a confirmation and certificate. 


Police Information Check (Criminal Records Check)

At NVMHA the Police Information Check is required every three seasons as at August 1

If you completed a Police Information Check last season then the next two seasons you  must complete the Voluntary Disclosure Form below and submit it to the Registrar -

If you did not complete a Police Information Check last year then there are two options to complete it:

Option 1:

Complete the process entirely on-line. See the link on the right hand side bar

Option 2:

Take the NVMHA cover letter (see right hand side bar) and 2 pieces of photo identification to the local RCMP detachment located at 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver. The application will be processed by the RCMP and returned to applicant. It is the applicant’s responsibility to forward the original processed application to the association Registrar. Failure to do so will be considered as incomplete and a suspension could be considered. 

“All applications and information are held in the strictest confidence."

Coaching Courses

Coach 1 - for Initiation and Novice (H1-4)

The Coach 1 - Intro to Coach clinic is required for all new coaches below the Atom division beginning in 2017-18 season. The course instructs delegates on how to teach hockey's basic skill in a fun, safe and inclusive environment. The clinic has both an online and a face-to-face component and must be completed by December 15.

To register 

1. click on the link on the right side of this page

2. in the type drop down box choose HU-coach1/2 - this is the on-line portion. 

3. Once the HU-Coach1/2 is complete, in the type drop down click on Coach 1 to register for the on-ice portion

Note: Coaches who completed Coach 2 in 2016-17 or prior years are certified for Coach 1 and Coach 2. 


Coach 2

Coach 2 - course must be taken by December 15 for all Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget C coaches. There are three requirements:

1. on-line module must be taken first; in the type drop down choose HU-Coach 1/2. NOTE if you completed Coach 1 this module is complete.

2. one day in person on-ice module. Note that the on-line module must be completed prior to sign up for the on ice module. In the type drop down this is called COACH 2

3. Post course task - must be signed off by NVMHA president and Executive Director of Hockey and then submitted to BC Hockey by March 31, 2017

Checking Module

This course is required for all Head Coaches rep and C. The course is offered as part of the Coach 2 course. 


Coach Development 1

Coach Development 1 - required for Peewee  - Juvenile Rep Team Coaches. This is a two-day in person course. Must be completed by December 1.

There are three post course tasks that must be completed 

  • Written assignment (due within two weeks of the conclusion of your clinic or by December 15th of the clinic year, whichever occurs first)
  • Field evaluation (coordinated by BC Hockey and completed by a BC Hockey designated evaluator)
  • Making Ethical Decisions (online evaluation) - facilitated by the Coaching Association of Canada.


Checking Module

  • This course is required for all Head Coaches rep and C. The on-ice course is offered as part of the current Coach 2 course and as a stand alone. Check your Hockey Canada Record to see your status.


Hockey Canada Safety Program (HCSP)

Teams must have one HCSP certified person on their roster. Certification must be completed by December 1.

The Hockey Canada Safety Program utilizes a proactive, preventative, common sense approach to keeping our children safe. The goal of the program is for the safety people to implement effective risk management programs with their own teams where player safety is the first priority at all times, both on and off the ice.
The safety person is a volunteer who has received HCSP accreditation (even if the individual is a medical professional).  The program must only be successfully completed every three (3) years in order to be a team’s safety person.In addition the HCSP volunteer must complete CATT, Respect in Sport for activity leaders and a police information check.

Click here to check your Hockey Canada Profile

review the courses completed and expiry dates

How to get a reimbursement for course fees

Send an email to that includes:

1. copy of your payment receipt

2. copy of your course completion certificate - note for coach 2 this must include the signed post course task form

3. Name and mailing address for the refund