Entry Level Certification Pathway

Entry Level Pathway

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Entry Level Course

You need to complete BOTH of the following:

Entry Level On-line ePrep Module AND
Entry Level Course

Entry Level On-line ePrep Module

This module is MANDATORY and must be completed BEFORE you arrive for the first day of the course There is no extra cost for this module as it is an integral part of the Entry Level course. The ePrep module will introduce key concepts and terminology covered during the course and will help you get more out of the course. It will take about 3-4 hours to complete and can be done in as many sittings as you like. Successful completion of the ePrep module requires a 75% result on multiple choice tests in the application.

You must log in to complete the Entry Level ePrep application any time AFTER you have officially registered on line for an Entry Level course. Immediately after registering for a course, an email will be sent to you with the LIVE link to the module and instructions for log in and completion.

You can also view the DEMO VERSION of the Entry Level ePrep module in advance if you wish.

Entry Level Course

The 3 day Entry Level course includes training in free ski and gate drills for SL and GS, planning a day, 6 steps for ethical decision making and safety considerations. Candidates will learn the basics of the Snow Stars program. Practice coaching sessions are part of the course for each candidate.

The evaluation part of the course tests the candidate’s ability to demonstrate free skiing skills and Snow Stars drills. Candidates must pass the evaluation to get credit for the course.

Check with your Provincial Sport Organization for evaluation retests if you are not successful the first time.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve an Entry Level TRAINED certification status and become a member of the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation.

This certification status will allow you to be hired by a club or ski school to start coaching in an entry level ski racing program.

Prerequisites: 15 years of age on the first day of the course. No exceptions.
Fees: Set regionally by Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs)

Course Outline

Morning Afternoon Indoor (to 6:00 pm)
Day 1 Plan a training session module
– description of the module
– logistics of your training session
– your starting point
– information to consider when planning a training session
– structure of your training session
Introduction & safety
Ski improvement
Description of program and pathway
Ski improvement
Entry Level Practical Coaching Mentor program
Video
– Course material and overview – content, evaluation, and responsibilities
Plan a training session module
– safety considerations – prevention, emergency response and liability
Make Ethical Decisions module (part 1)
Candidate video
Day 2 Plan a training session module
– planning an activity to develop a basic skill
– what do athletes need to train according to their Snow Stars levels
Ski Improvement
Plan a training session module
– planning an activity to develop a basic skill
– what do athletes need to train according to their Snow Stars level
Ski Improvement
Plan a training session module
– physical maturity of your athletes
– putting it all together – making your training session fun, motivating and challenging!
Make Ethical Decisions module (part 2)
Snow Stars DVD
Day 3 Integration of the Snow Stars program
Ski Improvement
Integration of tthe Snow Stars program
Ski Improvement
Course evaluation
Course results

Schedule is subject to change

Skis Recommendation: SL skis, 12-13m radius (no twin tips or fat skis)

Evaluation

To successfully pass the Entry Level Course, candidates must pass a skiing skill demonstration evaluation by demonstrating competency in technical and tactical free skiing skills at the “Skier Essentials” level and demonstrating Snow Stars drills.

Register

Entry Level courses are scheduled and run by the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO). For questions about Entry Level courses, check with your PSO.

To see a schedule of courses and to register for an Entry Level course in your province, go to REGISTER – ENTRY LEVEL COURSES .

Make Ethical Decisions On-line Evaluation

You need to complete:

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Make Ethical Decision (MED) On-line Evaluation (Competition-Intro version)

This on-line evaluation will test your ability to use the NCCP 6 step ethical decision making process. During the Entry Level course, training and reference material is provided that will help prepare you for this on-line evaluation. The CSCF recommends that you review the Make Ethical Decisions section of this reference material before registering to take this on line module.

There is no cost for this evaluation. It will take 3-4 hours total to complete and can be completed in as many sittings as you wish.

This evaluation is a requirement for all other CSCF coach certifications. If you have successfully completed it once, you do NOT need to do it again.

Register

Anytime after completing the CSCF Entry Level course you can log on to the COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA web site to register. When registering, make sure you select the “Comp-Int MED” option.

NCCP Number

BEFORE you register, you will need an NCCP number. NCCP numbers are assigned by the CAC on first time entry into the NCCP database. This usually occurs after CSCF submission of Entry Level results to the NCCP database. If you have previously taken CSCF courses, NCCP courses or other sport courses, you may already have an NCCP number.

If you are already a CSCF member, you can find your NCCP number by going to GO TO MY PERSONAL PAGE … GENERAL INFO tab. If your NCCP number is not there, contact the Coaching Association of Canada to request your NCCP number.

The CSCF recommends that all coaches do this on-line evaluation as soon after completing the Entry Level or Entry Level PARA course as possible.

CSCF Licensing credits – by taking this event you will accumulate credits towards annual professional development requirements.
– 2 education credits and 0 risk management credits.
– A minimum of 4 and 1 credits respectively are required for the annual ACA-CSCF Coach License

Mentoring and Practical Coaching Evaluation

You need to complete:

Entry Level Mentor Program – Part A in your club.

This is a season of practical coaching and is completed in a club or ski school that runs an Entry Level ski racing program. It is conducted under the guidance of a local Entry Level mentor-evaluator. During the mentor program the coach must complete the Entry Level Coach Learning Guide and Journal – Part A while coaching their skiers.

The program covers a number of practical coaching tasks which the mentor must sign off on, in the Journal.

The mentor will conduct an on hill coaching evaluation while the coach is working with their skiers. This coaching evaluation is an important part of the Entry Level certification process. The evaluation format can be found in Part A of the Journal for the coach to review in advance. On completion of the Journal and coaching evaluation Part A, the evaluator is responsible for contacting the CSCF to ensure credit for the coach.

The Journal is part of the Entry Level course material given to each coach attending the Entry Level course. It is also available for download by logging in to your CSCF Personal Page and going to the RESOURCES tab.

The Entry Level Mentor program is generally completed in a club program during one full season of coaching.

Check with your club or ski school for an available mentor.

CSCF Licensing credits – by completing this program you will accumulate credit towards annual professional development requirements.

– 4 education credits and 1 risk management credit.
– This satisfies all credit requirements for the annual ACA-CSCF Coach License.

Setting Environments to Develop Athletic Abilities

You need to complete:

Entry Level Environment Setting Workshop

This one day on snow workshop is designed to introduce coaches to using drill environments to develop basic athletic abilities for children at the “Skier Essentials” and “Learn to Train” levels. Through the use of brushes, stubbies and other tools, a variety of on snow environments are constructed that will challenge children in ways that help develop core athletic abilities identified in the AIM 2 WIN long term skier development model for this level.

This workshop is NOT course setting training for Entry Level races.

This session is usually delivered by the clubs and/or Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) locally or regionally. There are a small number of these events scheduled by the CSCF.

Morning Afternoon Indoor Session
Day 1 – Things you should know before setting
– Setting a learning environment for athletic skill development
– Setting a learning environment for fundamental decision making – Video
– Setting rules for SL and GS

Schedule subject to change

For information on costs, scheduling and registration for a CSCF run workshop, go to REGISTER – CSCF EVENTS.

If a workshop is not conveniently scheduled, ask your club head coach about doing one at your area.

CSCF Licensing credits – by taking this event you will accumulate credits towards annual professional development requirements.

– 2 education credits and 0 risk management credits.
– A minimum of 4 and 1 credits respectively are required for the annual ACA-CSCF Coach License

Using Terrain Features to Develop Skiing Skills

You need to complete one (1) of the following four (4) options:

1 day Ski Cross Intro to Coaching module – offerred by the CSCF OR
1 day Snow Park Training module – offered by the CSIA OR
3 day Snow Park Certification course – offered by the CSIA OR
3 day Club Coach (Level 1) course – offered by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association (CFSA)

Coaches will learn about safely using special terrain features for alpine skill development. This includes using terrain features found in snow parks such as table tops, special jumps and banks etc. If appropriate safety measures are taken by coaches these environments provide excellent body awareness and skill development opportunities. This training must be a minimum of 1 day in duration to count for credit in the CSCF coaching program.

Ski Cross Intro to Coaching Module

This module is run by the CSCF. Demand tends to be low so check well in advance. For more information on this module, go the Ski Cross section of the web site.

To check costs, schedule and to register for the Ski Cross Intro to Coaching module, go to REGISTER – CSCF EVENTS.

Snow Park Options (training and certification courses)

These sessions are offered by the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA). To check costs, schedule and to register for the Snow Park module or Certification courses, go to the CSIA WEB SITE.

CFSA Club Coach (Level 1)

This 3 day course is run by the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association. To check schedules and to register for a CFSA Level 1 Club Coach course, go to the CFSA WEB SITE.

CSCF Licensing credits – by taking any one of these events you will accumulate credits towards annual professional development requirements.

– 4 education credits and 1 risk management credit for Snow Park Certification course and Freestyle Club Coach course.
– This satisfies all credit requirements for the annual ACA-CSCF Coach License.

– 2 education credits and 1 risk management credit for Ski Cross Intro to Coaching module and Snow Park Training module.
– A minimum of 4 and 1 credits respectively are required for the annual ACA-CSCF Coach License

Setting Environments Coaching Evaluation EN

You need to complete:

Entry Level Mentor Program – Part B in your club.

The Setting Environments Coaching Evaluation is documented in Part B of the Entry Level Coach Learning Guide and Journal. The Journal is part of the course material package given to each coach attending the Entry Level coaching course. It is also available for download by FIRST logging in to you CSCF web site Personal Page and THEN going to the RESOURCES tab in your personal page and selecting ENTRY LEVEL from the drop down menu.

This evaluation is conducted under the guidance of a local Entry Level mentor-evaluator. Check with your club or ski school for an available mentor.

This coaching evaluation is an important part of the process for Entry Level CERTIFIED ADVANCED status. The evaluation format can be found in the Journal for review in advance. The Entry Level Mentor program is generally completed in a club program during one full season of coaching. The Environment Setting Coaching Evaluation can be done at the same time as or separately from the Coaching Evaluation – Part A. It is strongly advised that the Environment Setting Workshop (setting environments to develop athletic abilities) PRECEDES the Environment Setting Evaluation. BOTH the workshop and the evaluation are required for Entry Level CERTIFIED ADVANCED status.

CSCF Licensing credits – by completing this program you will accumulate credit towards annual professional development requirements.

– 4 education credits and 1 risk management credit.
– This satisfies all credit requirements for the annual ACA-CSCF Coach License.