Golf's National Coaching Certification Program Workshop Schedule Announced
For the first time since 2019, we are excited to bring our members from coast-to-coast a full slate of workshops as part of the National Coaching Certification Program.
The NCCP program certifies coaches and instructors who have demonstrated their ability to apply critically important competencies to coaching and instruction situations relevant to the stage of athletes they coach. This means that coaches must not only know about coaching, but be able to demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge in the coaching and instruction situation.
These courses are paramount to the development of golf professionals, and are required to earn a teaching or coaching specialization.
The Coach of New Competitors workshop falls under the Coaching specialization, while the Instructor of Intermediate Golfers workshop falls under the Teaching Specialization.
Among the 10 required credits needed to specialize in coaching, certification in either Coach of New Developers or Coach of Developing Competitors is require (Coach of Developing Competitors will be offered in 2023).
Among the 10 required credits needed to specialize in teaching, certification in Instructor of Intermediate Golfers is required.
More information regarding the importance of the specializations can be found here.
"The PGA of Canada is thrilled to once again offer a full schedule of NCCP workshops across Canada to develop the next generation of coaches and teachers," said PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle. "One of the most important things we do at the PGA of Canada is educate our members, and it is incredible that learners will have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented instructors in the country at these workshops."
The biggest change coming in 2022 is a blended approach to the Coach of New Competitors and Instruction of Intermediate Golfers workshops. The workshops have moved from three days to two in order to help our PGA of Canada Apprentices and Members to save on costs.
New this year, there is an online component required prior to the workshop. In years past, this was part of the workshop itself, but learner feedback let us know that this was a time-consuming approach and we have adjusted accordingly.
NCCP certification, and the completion of select workshops, allow PGA of Canada members to be eligible to win some of the most sought after awards in the industry.
Eligibility for PGA of Canada National Awards are as follows:
Coach of New Competitors workshop (and post-workshop evaluation) lead to eligibility for:
- Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year Award
(This award recognizes the PGA of Canada professional who is a leader in junior golf and who reflects the ideals of those who work with youth.)
- Ben Kern Coach of the Year Award
(This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in coaching; unusual, innovative and special coaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers in more competitive streams that the professional has coached.)
Either Instructor of Beginner Golfers or Instructor of Intermediate Golfers (and the post-workshop evaluation), will lead to eligibility for:
- George Knudson Teacher of the Year Award
(This award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching; unusual, innovative and special teaching programs initiated or implemented; articles published; as well as outstanding golfers the professional has instructed.)
Here is everything you need to know for this year's schedule. Once each workshop reaches 20 learners, there is no guarantee that you will be able to attend, so register early to avoid disappointment.
Coach of New Competitors: This is designed to for coaches working with athletes in the Instruction to Competition and Learn to Compete stages of LTPD and will focus on the difference between instruction and coaching.
Le Versant in Terrebonne, Quebec from September 20-21, facilitated by Louis Melanson (registration deadline is September 6)
The Thornhill Club in Thornhill, Ontario from September 22-23, facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is September 8)
Amherst Golf Club in Amherst, Nova Scotia from September 27-28 facilitated by Louis Melanson (registration deadline is September 13)
Mickelson National Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta from October 4-5 facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is September 20)
St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba from October 12-13 facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is September 28)
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond, British Columbia from October 18-19 facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is October 4).
Instructor of Beginner Golfers: Context of this course deals with golfers who are experiencing the sport for the first time through a series of lessons. Typically, there is no formalized competition at this level - it is strictly about skill development and there is a short timeframe of interaction between the instructor and participant.
This workshop is required for Apprentices but available to all members
We encourage professionals who work with apprentices to help secure a workshop date
Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre in Brantford, Ontario from September 19-21, facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is September 5)
Royal Regina Golf Club in Regina, Saskatchewan from September 19-21, facilitated by Alan Riley (registration deadline is September 5)
Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna, British Columbia from September 21-23,facilitated by Michael Vanderwolf (registration deadline is September 7)
Mickelson National Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta from September 26-28,facilitated by Adam Werbicki (registration deadline is September 12)
Victoria Park East Golf Club in Guelph, Ontario from September 28-30, facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is September 14)
Breezy Bend Country Club in Headingley, Manitoba from October 3-5,facilitated by Derek Ingram (registration deadline is September 19)
Edmonton Petroleum Golf & C.CC in Spruce Grove, Alberta from October 3-5, facilitated by Adam Werbicki (registration deadline is September 19)
Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond, British Columbia from October 4-6, facilitated by Doug Hastie (registration deadline is September 20)
Amherst Golf Club in Amherst, Nova Scotia from October 4-6, facilitated by Louis Melanson (registration deadline is September 20)
Laval Sur Le Lac (Club de Golf) in Laval Sur Le Lac, Quebec from October 11-13, facilitated by Louis Bourgeois (registration deadline is September 27)
Stratford Municipal Golf Course in Stratford, Ontario from October 12-14,facilitated by Ryan Starr (registration deadline is September 27)
Instructor of Intermediate Golfers: Context of this course deals with golfers crossing over from competitive sport to gain enhances skills and, in some cases, tactical development specific to their sport.
Génération Golf in Mirabel, Quebec from November 3-4, facilitated by Louis Bourgeois (registration deadline is October 20)
Markham Golf Dome in Markham, Ontario from November 7-8, facilitated by Glenn Cundari (registration deadline is October 24)
Reminders for Registration Maximums and Deadline to Register
- Each workshop has a maximum attendance of 20 learners
- Once this number is met, we can no longer guarantee a spot for any learner
If you have any questions, please reach out to Senior Coordinator of Education and Program Development Kate Lawson at Kate@PGAofCanada.com