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CSCF Advanced Coaching Program
Certification Policy and Procedures
Level 4 Program Director – Elite Coach
Revised September 2013
Overview – Advanced Coaching Program
Criteria for Admission
To qualify for the Level 4 Advanced coaching program, the candidate must satisfy the following
criteria:
a. Be Performance Level CERTIFIED (new program) or Level 3 CERTIFIED (old program).
b. Be a member in good standing with the CSCF.
c. For those pursuing Level 4 Program Director certification, the following additional criteria
will apply:
o Have been the Head Coach/Program Director of a major club, regional, provincial
or National program for a minimum of 3 consecutive seasons and
o Have worked at the FIS level with athletes 16 years and older for a period of at least
2 consecutive years in charge of the same program.
OR
For those pursuing Level 4 – Elite Coach certification, the following additional criteria will
apply:
o Have worked at the FIS level with athletes 16 years and older for a period of at least
3 consecutive years in charge of the same group of athletes.
d. Show documented evidence of successfully working with top club, regional, provincial or
National FIS athletes:
o Chart athlete FIS point profiles and Canadian FIS rankings by age for your
athletes using the table below as a guide to progress expectations.
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FIS level Athletes
Completion of:
FIS Point target
Canadian Ranking target
(by age and younger)
Men – 1st yr FIS
GS – 100
+ 1 other disc - 110
GS -80
+ 1 other disc. -80
GS -60
+ 1 other disc -65
GS – 100
+ 1 other disc - 100
GS – 75
+ 1 other disc. - 75
GS -55
+ 1 other disc -55
GS – top 15
+ 1 other disc. – top 15
GS – top 15
+ 1 other disc. – top 15
Top 10 in one tech and one speed
discipline
GS – top 15
+ 1 other disc. – top 15
GS – top 15
+ 1 other disc. – top 15
Top 10 in one tech and one speed
discipline
Men – 2nd yr. FIS
Men – 3rd yr. + FIS
Women – 1st yr FIS
Women – 2nd yr FIS
Women – 3rd yr + FIS
FIS level Para Athletes
Completion of:
FIS Point target
Men – 1st year FIS
GS or SL - 200
Men – 2 year FIS
GS or SL - 140
Men – 3rd year + FIS
Women – 1st year FIS
GS or SL - 100
or
SG/SC/DH - 120
GS or SL - 200
Women – 2nd year FIS
GS or SL - 140
Women – 3rd year + FIS
GS or SL - 100
or
SG/SC/DH - 120
nd
Canadian Ranking target
Specific Canadian placement
rankings are not applicable.
An individual athlete should be
under consideration as a CPAST
development athlete by year three
(3) or a provincial athlete
competing at a World Cup level
within the specified FIS point
targets
e. Submit a letter of reference and support from an employer during the period of coaching
with FIS level athletes
Application Procedure
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Applications may be forwarded at any time to the CSCF Manager, High Performance Coach
Education.
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Applications must include:
o Documented evidence that all the criteria above have been met.
o A coaching resume showing a long term commitment to alpine ski coaching.
o Completion of a pre- admission core coaching competencies worksheet
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Level 4 CERTIFIED
Program Director – Elite Coach – Elite Coach Para
There are three certification streams in the Level 4 program:
 Program Director
o For coaches working in a context of long- term athlete, coach and club development
and who are working, at minimum, with FIS level athletes.
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Elite Coach
o National status – For coaches working with train to race FIS level athletes
o International status – For coaches working with train to win FIS level athletes
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Elite Coach Para
o For coaches working, at minimum, with train to race FIS level Para-athletes
The completion of 12 Level 4 tasks, including required tasks, leads to certification. Tasks available
for each stream are indicated with a “√”:
Tasks
1. Energy Systems.
2. Strength Training for Elite Athletes.
3. Skiing performance factors – Research project.
4. Nutrition for Optimal Performance.
5. Environmental Factors and Performance.
6. Recovery and Regeneration.
7. Psychological Preparation for Coaches.
8. Psychological Preparation for Athletes.
9. Practical Coaching; Advanced Skills Training.
10. Biomechanical Analysis of Advanced Skills – Research
project.
11. Practical Coaching; Advanced Strategies and Tactics
(for elite athletes).
12. Planning and Periodization; Optimal Sequencing of
Sport Science.
13. Analysis of Skiing Performance Factors using new
Technologies.
14. Practical coaching: Training Camp.
15. Practical coaching: Competitive Tour (for elite athletes).
16. Athlete Long Term Development.
17. Leadership and Ethics.
18. Business of Coaching.
19. Canadian Sports System.
20. National Team Program (for elite athletes).
Program
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Elite Coach
Elite Coach
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Completing the program
There are a number of options for task completion. Most tasks require attendance at a learning
session and the completion of a follow-up evaluation. Options include attending:
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Periodic task offerings at CAC sponsored seminars
International Coaching School conference – Victoria BC
Provincial Government sponsored offerings
National Coaching Institute (NCI) programs (see later section on NCI’s)
CSCF sponsored task offerings and evaluation
Award of Certification
When all required tasks are recorded in the NCCP data-base as complete, the CSCF will award
certification.
Level 4 - Program Director Stream
The coach must complete 12 of 17 available tasks. Completion of the following tasks is mandatory
in the Program Director stream:
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9 – Practical Coaching; Advanced Skills Training
12 – Planning and Periodization; Optimal sequencing of Sport Science
17 – Leadership and Ethics
A minimum of 9 additional tasks may be chosen from the remaining list of available tasks, at the
coach’s discretion.
Program Director Prerequisites
To qualify for the Program Director stream, the candidate must:
a. be a member in good standing with the CSCF.
b. be in charge of and coach FIS level athletes
Task 9 - Specific Evaluation Criteria (Program Director)
Evaluation will be according to the “Practical Coaching – Advanced Skill Training Evaluation
Protocol”. Task # 9 will be evaluated by an Alpine Master Evaluator.
Additional Alpine Requirements for Program Director
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Show evidence that the coach has developed, integrated, and monitored a successful
club/regional/PSO annual program including FIS athletes. This will include:
o Budgeting, sponsorship and fundraising has been maintained or increased
o Enrolment and retention has maintained or increased.
o An annual plan has been developed and approved prior to the season.
o Communication and implementation is according to an annual plan
o Show tools used to measure athlete tracking and progress
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o Provide a copy of the year-end report evaluating the program and making
recommendations for the future.
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Show evidence that the coach has supervised a team of coaches under him/her.
Demonstrate/show leadership in coach development, training and evaluation.
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Produce reference documentation from the club or regional employer as to the effectiveness
of the coach’s management skills in directing the program.
These additional requirements will be evaluated by an Alpine Master Evaluator.
Note: after completion of the Program Director certification, the coach may apply for Elite Coach
certification provided the additional mandatory tasks are completed.
Level 4 - Elite Coach Stream
The Level 4 Elite coach stream will be categorized by two designations:
National
Coaches eligible for National status must be working with FIS level athletes (Train to Race) in a
domestic club, regional or provincial program, at regional FIS events, National Championships and
/or Nor Am level competitions.
Athlete level: Coaches must be working with athletes who rank, at minimum, in the top 15 in the
Canadian Rankings target criteria. (Refer to the tables under FIS level athletes on page 2 for FIS
point profile and Canadian Rankings criteria)
International
Coaches eligible for International status must be working with high performance athletes at the
National Team level at the Europa Cup, World Cup, World Championships or Olympic Winter
Games level.
Athlete level: Coaches must be working with athletes who rank, at minimum, in the top 10 in the
Canadian Rankings criteria. (Refer to the tables under FIS level athletes on page 2 for FIS point
profile and Canadian Rankings criteria).
The coach must complete 12 of 20 Level 4 tasks. Completion of the following tasks is mandatory for
Level 4 - Elite Coach certification:
National Status:
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3 - Performance Factors
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9 - Practical Coaching: Advanced Skills Training
 11 - Practical Coaching: Advanced Strategies and Tactics (National level athlete)
 12 - Planning and Periodization: Optimal sequencing of Sport Science
 13 - Analyzing Performance Factors
 14 - Practical Coaching: Training Camp
 15 - Practical Coaching: Competitive Tour (Nor Am level)
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17 - Leadership
 plus 4 additional tasks at the coach’s discretion
International Status:
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3 - Performance Factors
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9 - Practical Coaching: Advanced Skills Training
 11 - Practical Coaching: Advanced Strategies and Tactics (International level athlete - see
task description for details)
 12 - Planning and Periodization: Optimal sequencing of Sport Science
 13 - Analyzing Performance Factors
 14 - Practical Coaching: Training Camp
 15 - Practical Coaching: Competitive Tour (Europa Cup, World Cup level - see task
description for details)
 17 - Leadership
 20 - National Team Program
 Plus 3 additional tasks at the coach’s discretion
Elite Coach Prerequisites
To qualify for the Elite Coach stream, the candidate must:
a. be a member in good standing with the CSCF.
b. be working with and in charge of their own FIS level athletes who satisfy the Canadian
Rankings criteria.
Task 9 and 11 - Specific Evaluation Criteria (Elite Coach)
For Task 9, evaluation will be according to the “Task 9 Practical Coaching – Advanced Skill
Training - Evaluation Protocol”. Task # 9 will be evaluated by an Alpine Master Evaluator.
For Task 11, evaluation will be according to the “Task 11 Practical Coaching – Advanced Strategies
and Tactics - Evaluation Protocol”. Task # 11 will be evaluated by an Alpine Master Evaluator.
Responsibilities for Task Completion
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The coach completes all reports or follow-up requirements for each task and returns it to the
CSCF Manager, High Performance Coach Education.
The CSCF signs off and forwards the appropriate paperwork to the NCCP data-base in
Ottawa for input to the coach’s NCCP personal file.
Level 4 - Elite Coach Para Stream:
Coaches must be working with FIS level Para athletes in the Train to Race stage of development at
minimum.
Athlete level: An athlete must be under consideration as a CPAST development athlete by year (3)
or a provincial athlete competing at the World Cup level and is within the specified FIS point target
level. (Refer to the tables under FIS level Para athletes on page 2 for FIS point profile and
Canadian ranking criteria).
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The coach must complete 12 of 20 available tasks. Completion of the following tasks is mandatory
for the Elite Coach - Para certification:
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3 - Performance Factors
9 - Practical Coaching: Advanced Skills Training
11 - Practical Coaching: Advanced Strategies and Tactics (National level athlete)
12 - Planning and Periodization: Optimal sequencing of Sport Science
13 - Analyzing Performance Factors
14 - Practical Coaching: Training Camp
15 - Practical Coaching: Competitive Tour (Nor Am level)
17 - Leadership
Plus 4 additional tasks at the coach's discretion
Elite Coach - Para Prerequisites
To qualify for the Level 4 Elite Coach - Para stream, the candidate must:
a. Be a member in good standing with the CSCF.
b. Be working with and in charge of their own FIS level Para athletes who meet the Canadian
Rankings criteria).
Task 9 and 11 - Specific Evaluation Criteria
For Task 9, evaluation will be according to the “Task 9 Practical Coaching – Advanced Skill
Training - Evaluation Protocol”. Task # 9 will be evaluated by an Alpine Master Evaluator.
For Task 11, evaluation will be according to the “Task 11 Practical Coaching – Advanced Strategies
and Tactics - Evaluation Protocol”. Task # 11 will be evaluated by an Alpine Master Evaluator..
Responsibilities for Task Completion
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The coach completes all reports or follow-up requirements for each task and returns it to the
CSCF Manager, High Performance Coach Education.
The CSCF signs off and forwards the appropriate paperwork to the NCCP data-base for
input to the coach’s NCCP personal file.
Attending National Coaching Institutes (NCI)
National Coaching Institutes across the country offer a concentrated approach to completing Level 4
tasks. This is usually organized around full time (1 year) or part time (2 years) attendance at one of
the institutes or institute outreach programs across the country. Coaches may also complete an NCI
diploma, which may lead to certification depending on the coach’s background, work experience and
qualifications entering the NCI.
Admittance to an NCI
Coaches wishing to enter an NCI or an NCI outreach program on a full time or part time basis must
have the formal written endorsement of the CSCF.
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Coaches who have attained Performance Level Certified (new program) or Level 3 Certified (old
program) are eligible to enter an NCI with the goal of pursuing Program Director, Elite Coach or
Elite Coach - PARA certification.
Coaches should have a minimum of three years coaching experience in a year round program to be
considered for admittance. An undergraduate degree in physical education is recommended.
Coaches admitted to an NCI program to achieve a Level 4 certification will also sign a specific
agreement with the CSCF regarding requirements that must be satisfied in order to complete all
sport specific tasks in the program.
It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that the NCI curriculum offers the required alpine specific
tasks. If some required tasks are not offered by the NCI, the coach must acquire them elsewhere.
NCI Application Procedure
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Application deadline for all NCI’s is March 1 annually.
Application forms may be obtained from the Coaching Association of Canada.
The CSCF will forward a letter of agreement and support to the NCI provided the candidate
satisfies all the criteria stipulated for admission to the program.
For more information on this programming, contact the CSCF Manager, High Performance Coach
Education through the CSCF National Administrator at [email protected] or
[email protected]
CSCF Advanced Coaching Program
Pre - Program Written Work Submission
Objectives
The purpose of the pre-program written work for the Advanced Coaching Program is to facilitate
candidates to critically reflect upon their coaching experience and articulate their contributions to
coaching by reflecting upon their core competencies:
The intention is to stimulate reflection on personal coaching knowledge and skills and provide
insight into the candidate’s level of understanding of coaching core competencies.
Submission
Candidate’s work must be legible and easily understood. Candidates can use essay, point or bullet
form to convey their responses. Candidates are required to submit their work to CSCF Manager High
Performance Coach Education at [email protected] or CSCF National Administrator at
[email protected]
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WRITTEN WORK TO BE COMPLETED
Provide a description of what you feel you are able to offer as a COACH in terms of core coaching
competencies, based on your present knowledge and experience. Please consider the following in
preparing your answer:
Valuing
a. What are your strengths with regard to your personal values?
b. How will you effectively communicate the coaching values that you have acquired,
through your involvement in coaching, to your athletes and others?
c. How will you promote positive coaching and sport values at this level?
Interaction/Intervention
a. How do you intend to effectively interact and/or intervene with athletes, support staff
and others in an effort to help them progress toward a desired goal?
b. How will you create a positive communication environment with your athletes, support
staff and others?
Problem solving
a. What strengths in your problem-solving skills do you feel you have in order to solve a
variety of complex coaching problems?
b. How will you promote problem-solving skills in your athletes and support staff?
Critical thinking/reflection
a. What are your strengths in terms of your personal critical reflection skills?
b. What values do you see in other coaches’ points of view and coaching methods?
c. How will you promote critical thinking in your athletes and others?
Leadership
a. What do you think, see or feel are your strengths in terms of your leadership abilities?
b. What leadership qualities do you think need improvement?
c. How can you use your leadership qualities to positively influence the behaviour and
manners of your athletes and others?
d. How will you promote leadership qualities in your athletes and other coaches?
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