The External Sport Credentials Program (ESCP) gives students the opportunity to earn graduation credits for approved levels of competition as an athlete, coach and/or official.
Students can obtain External Sport Credits in these categories: Athlete (10, 11, 12) / Coach (11, 12) / Official (10, 11, 12)
The Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the Sport Credits Portion of this program is administered and monitored by the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.
To see which sports are involved in the program, eligibility standards and for more information see the Ministry of Education’s website. Select “Course Information for the Graduation Program” and go to Chapter 3: External Sport Course Information.
COACH Standards – UXSC 11 and 12
The following Coach standard’s table outlines the requirements that must be met to receive External Sport Credentials in the Coach category. As coach certification is a national based program, provincial sport organizations do not have to submit applications for coach programs. Student coaches who have completed all requirements of a coach category must send their proof of completion (as listed above) to the Sport and Recreation Branch. The Sport and Recreation Branch representative will review the submitted documentation for the particular coach level and issue a verification letter if the student has fulfilled all the requirements.
|Coach 10||Coach 11 UXSC 11 (2 credits)||Coach 12 UXSC 12 (4 credits)|
|NCCP Community Sport or Level 1 TECHNICAL||No program available for credit||x|
|NCCP Introduction to Competition Part A modules or NCCP Level 1 THEORY||X||X|
|Evaluated in NCCP multi-sport modules - Making Ethical Decisions||X|
|Min. # of coaching hours||30||70|
UXSC 11 (4 credits): NCCP Introduction to Competition – Part A modules, EFA/CPR “C”, plus 30 hours of coaching experience.
UXSC 12 (4 credits): NCCP Community Sport, NCCP Introduction to Competition – Part A modules, evaluated in NCCP multi-sport modules, CPR "C", SportMedBC SportsAid and Athletic Taping, plus 70 hours of coaching experience.
National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)
The Sport Branch, in partnership with the Coaches Association of BC (CABC) and provincial sport organizations offer the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) on a province wide basis. This is a national program of coach education. Certificates of TRAINED or CERTIFIED status are provided upon successful completion of multi-sport generic or sport specific modules, or when requirements of CERTIFICATION have been met. These certificates are provided by the CABC, Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) or national sport organizations. The certificate identifies the name and address of the successful student, the date, and the modules or streams they have been trained or certified in.
EFA/CPR ‘C’ (Basic Rescuer)
Emergency First Aid/CPR C (Basic Rescuer) training for general public interest or work courses are offered through a variety of agencies across the province. Examples of such agencies are Red Cross, Life Saving Society and St. John Ambulance.
NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Evaluation
The online NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Evaluation can be found here
SportMedBC SportsAid and Athletic Taping
SportMedBC (SMBC) offers SportsAid, a sport injury prevention and first aid program. This program is designed to provide students involved with sport teams with knowledge of the principles of prevention and management of sport injuries. SportMedBC will issue the student SportsAid “letters or certificates of completion” upon successful completion of: SportsAid and Athletic Taping. This letter, which is recognized both provincially and nationally, will include SMBC logo, the student’s name and date of completion. The SportsAid program is available on-line at www.sportmedbc.com. If the SportMedBC Athletic Taping program is not available in the community then please contact SportMedBC to arrange programming alternatives.
Practical coaching experience verification requires sign off by a NCCP certified coach, a provincial sport organization designate, or coach evaluator. The verification letter must include; name of the student, number of practical coaching hours, team or athletes coached, level of participation, name of authorizing coach including NCCP CC number (if applicable), and date of completion. The practical coaching experience must be in the same sport as the trained or certified accreditation.