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Long Term Athlete Development Model

Children, youth, and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters, or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages.


Athlete Age
LTAD Stage
NCCP Context
23 +/- males
23 +/- females
Training to Win
Competition Coaching:
High Performance (CCHP)
20 – 23 +/- males
19 – 23 +/- females
Training to Compete
Competition Coaching:
Development – Advanced Gradation (CDAG)
16 – 20 +/- males
15 – 19 +/- females
Learning to Compete
Competition Coaching:
Development (CCD)
12 – 16 males
11 – 15 females
Training to Train
Competition Coaching:
Introduction advanced (CCI-advanced – T2T)
9 – 12 males
8 – 11 females
Learning to Train
Competition Coaching:
Introduction (CCI – L2T)
6 – 9 males
6 – 8 females
Community Coaching (CC)
0 – 6Active Start
Community Coaching: 
Introduction (ICC)

Check your NCCP certification status
The NCCP Database is an important tool that supports the efforts of all Canadians involved in coach education. Access to this database will provide all coaches with the opportunity to track their progress and guide their development.  Go to the CAC website to view your transcripts.

The NCCP model defines a coach as:

  • In training when some required training has been completed. “Training” is provided through sport-specific workshops exclusively up to the CCI context and a combination of sport-specific and non sport-specific workshops for the subsequent contexts (CCD and above).
  • Trained when all required training is complete for a given context. In addition to attending workshops, coaches are required to meet some practical stage-specific requirements.
  • Certified when all training and evaluation requirements have been met. Coaches competencies are evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within a context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, program management, ethical coaching, support to participants during training, and support to participants in competition.