Graduate Certificate and Masters in High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership (HPC&TL)

The UBC Masters in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership is a three year, 30 credit specialized program for experienced sport coaches and technical leaders who are looking to advance in their careers.

The program is composed of a one year graduate certificate followed by masters course work. Year one (June) and Year two (August) begin with a week long residential institute held at UBC Vancouver. The remaining schedule consists of online teaching methods that are designed to facilitate the participation of candidates from across Canada and around the world.

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Course Description

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The UBC Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership is a one-year, 12 credit specialized program for experienced sport coaches and technical managers who are looking to advance in their careers.

Endorsed by the Coaching Association of Canada, the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and other national sport organizations, UBC is offering an international quality program using a blended delivery model. The program will provide a strong foundation for present and future coaches and technical leaders by developing knowledge and skills in the interpretation and use of research, balanced with applied coaching practice.

The development of skills in analysis and evidence-based decision-making has been identified as a critical need by national coaches and technical leaders, and this program will help develop the next generation of coaches and technical leaders for Canada. A blended model of residential periods and on-line teaching methods will facilitate the participation of candidates from across Canada and around the world. The program will be integrated into the sport federations’ national coaching qualifications, providing the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) together with academic credentials.

“This program is optimally positioned to produce high performance coaches
and leaders who will enhance performance of Canadian athletes toward
international podium achievement.”

Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO, Coaching Association of Canada

Flexible design for practicing Coaches & Performance Directors

  • This is a one-year, part-time program that uses a blend of online and residential course delivery, with a scheduled designed for working professionals.

Earn credit towards NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma and Masters Degree

Flexible Admission

  • Your coaching resume will be considered in the admission process to this graduate program, making this accessible to outstanding coaches in high performance sport.

Information Sessions

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The online application system will available to receive applications in January 2017.

Meet program advisors and learn more about applying to this graduate certificate program.

The following info session was held on January 13, 2017.

You can view the session here…

 

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Please click on link for a previous HPCTL info session recording.

For inquiries, please contact the Graduate Programs Assistant or 604-822-4641.

This program consists of 4 courses with a 6-day residential component held at UBC Vancouver campus from June 12 to 17, 2017.

Course Structure

  • F2F (face-to-face): 10 hours of in-person instruction
  • Web: online synchronous webinars, at scheduled dates & times. 24 hours per course
  • Asynchronous: online asynchronous content, accessed at anytime. 6 hours per course

Courses:

Using analytics to: obtain and describe data to create sport and athlete profiles; determine optimal programming decisions for athletes based on progression pathway and gold medal profile; apply research methods and scientific inquiry to performance analysis.

Using information obtained from sport profile and gap analysis, to plan and design high performance programs that enable athlete progression related to athlete pathway. The focus will be on quadrennial, annual, mesocycle and microcycle planning to integrate key factors that will impact athlete performance and progression.

Investigate the relationship between athlete performance and coaching intervention strategies to ensure enhanced athlete development and skill acquisition. Examine structure and function of practice and feedback strategies to enable a resilient and self regulated athlete or coach capable of creating podium performance.

Application of concepts/topics; mentorship; project to reflect changes in coaching practice. Support to be provided by the candidate’s National Sport Organization, and/or regional Canadian Sport Institute. Technical leader practicum is to be in the candidate’s workplace or as a volunteer doing a specific project for an organization.

Proposed 2016/17 Schedule

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HP Coaching Schedule 2016-2017

 

 

Instructors

Shaunna Taylor

Shaunna Taylor, PhD, Adjunct Professor KIN 586 and KIN 516

Dr. Shaunna Taylor has been consulting with coaches and athletes from grassroots to the Olympic/Paralympic level for 15+ years, involved in athlete and integrated team support for over 6 Olympic/Paralympic cycles. Shaunna has published journal articles on coach learning in the International Sport Coaching Journal and Reflective Practice, and book chapters on coach communication and social learning for coaches. Shaunna is the Co-Chair of the Managing Council of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, and she sits on the High Performance Committee for the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and the International Women in Sport Committee with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). She was a Director at Triathlon Canada, and a coaching consultant at the Coaching Association of Canada. Besides her focus on mental preparation for performance and mental health support for athletes, Shaunna has an interest in nurturing a sport system that promotes excellence, equity, fair play and accessibility for all. Her current research interests are projects promoting positive body image in sport, coaching athletes with a disability, and adding to a sport landscape that empowers female athletes and leaders. She earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Health Sciences (spec. Sport Psychology) from the University of Ottawa, and she is a certified counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Shaunna consults on specialty topics such as disordered eating prevention, athlete transition, mental training for sport, and personal support and self-care for coaches. Shaunna is a service provider to nationally carded athletes through the Canadian Sport Institutes in BC, ON and QC.

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David Hill

David Hill, MSc, Adjunct Professor KIN 598 and KIN 530

Dave has dedicated his career to legitimizing the role of coaches in Canada and raising awareness of the value of coach education, coaching and athlete development. He started his coaching in Alpine skiing, coaching from the introductory to the High Performance Levels. During this time he began coaching rugby and has coached at all levels of the game in Canada and on the international stage. Professionally, Dave has grown as a leader in the development of the National Coaching Certification Program, facilitating sports in the transition to a competency-based coach education model. Dave spent three years at the Coaching Association of Canada in Ottawa, before moving back to Victoria where he was engaged in regional and high performance athlete/coach programming with the Canadian Sport Institute. Currently, he is the Lead for Coaching and System development at the Institute As a graduate of the National Coaching Institute-BC, Dave’s qualifications include a Master of Science (UVIC), Bachelor of Education (UCalgary), Bachelor of PE (UCalgary). As a leader in coaching education, Dave envisions a world leading coach education programs that enable coaches to further their skills and experiences and to help athletes reach their full potential.


Andy Van Neutegem

Andy Van Neutegem, Adjunct Professor KIN 515

Andy Van Neutegem returned to Canada in 2006 after a 15 year stint in the UK working in various roles including UK anti-doping and university athletic director. Upon returning to Canada he began working for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific as a High Performance Director working with provincial and national sport organizations as well as undertaken the Lead role in the Performance Readiness. He has formally worked for a number of NSOs including Rowing Canada Aviron and is currently High Performance Director for Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (Wheelchair Rugby) and has attended three Paralympic games (Beijing, London and Rio). He has consulted and continues to collaborate on Canadian Sport for Life (LTAD), Game Plan – Athlete transition and wellness, and National Coaching Certification Program delivery and development. Andy is current working for Own the Podium as a High Performance Advisor leading podium pathway and gold medal profiles with a number of targeted National Sport Organizations.


Maria Gallo
Maria Gallo, PhD KIN 585 and KIN 596

As a Sr. Instructor in the School of Kinesiology, Maria teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the area of exercise physiology, human health and sport performance.

As a trained coach and retired national team athlete (rugby and bobsleigh), Maria is able to supplement her teaching and can interest the students further with real-life examples and cases encountered in the world of sports science. Her current role as the Head Coach of the Women’s Varsity Rugby Team compliments her duties as the primary advisor of the Master in Kinesiology (coaching stream) and the new Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership.

Maria is strongly committed to the highest pedagogic standards and dedicated to achieving outstanding distinction in areas of instruction and service.

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Carolyn McEwan

Carolyn McEwan, PhD KIN 572

Carolyn is an instructor in Research Methods and Statistics in the School of Kinesiology. Having specialized in sport and exercise psychology and receiving advanced training in research methods and statistics, she instructs undergraduate and graduate students in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research design, and statistics. Carolyn employed a mixed methods approach to her own research, which examined athletes’ experiences with high performance team selection processes.

Carolyn draws on her understanding of high performance sport contexts through her experiences as an international level athlete and national level official to demonstrate the necessity of research design and statistics in informing best practices in sport contexts. She emphasizes how understanding the strengths and limitations of research designs will allow coaches and technical leaders to critically evaluate the latest sport research and make informed decisions about their professional practice.


Wendy Pattenden

Wendy Pattenden, PhD KIN 517

CEO of Canadian Sport Institute, Wendy holds an MBA (Royal Roads University 2004) and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia (School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education). Pattenden is one of the country’s leading advocates for sport, athlete and coaching development.

After playing an instrumental role in forging a dynamic $3 million naming rights deal with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sports Institute Network, Pattenden is resolute in her commitment to building a sustainable funding model for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific in particular and the national network overall. In addition, Pattenden and her team have built a series of programs and athlete services that inspire $3.5 million in annual support from business leaders and the community.

Pattenden’s legacy of executive leadership and community philanthropy includes her role as one of the main architects of the PacificSport regional network in 1999, serving as a guiding force behind the Canadian Sport For Life (CSFL) framework — a Federal-Provincial/Territorial framework promoting competency in fundamental motor skills. To this day, Pattenden serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Sport For Life Society.

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Lucie Thibault, PhD KIN 517

Dr. Lucie Thibault teaches in the area of sport policy, governance, globalization, and organizational theory as it applies to sport and leisure organizations. She also investigates Canadian government involvement in sport excellence and sport participation, athlete funding, and athlete involvement in decision making within sport organizations. She is co-editor of the texts Contemporary Sport Management andSport Policy in Canada and she has published numerous refereed articles and book chapters. She received the Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Award in 2008 from the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) in 2008 and was awarded the NASSM Research Fellow in 2001. Having previously worked at the University of Ottawa and The University of British Columbia, Lucie currently teaches in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University, the largest sport management program in Canada. Lucie is focused on critically assessing the role of governance in enhancing access to sport participation and sport excellence.


Benoit Seguin, PhD KIN 517

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Mentors

Marg McGregor

Canadian Olympic Committee

Marg is Director, National Sport Federations with the Canadian Olympic Committee. She was chef de Mission for Team Canada at the 2006 Paralympic Games and 2002 Commonwealth Games. Marg has coached athletes at the CIS and Canada Games levels. Marg is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. She has served as CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and Executive Director of CAAWS. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and the True Sport Foundation. Marg has attended 5 Olympic Games, 2 Commonwealth Games and 1 Paralympic Games in various capacities. Marg has her Masters in Management from McGill University where she focussed her studies on leadership and crisis management.


Roger Archambault

Assistant Director, High Performance Athletics, Sports Services University of Ottawa

Roger is a certified level 5 NCCP biathlon coach (Level 3 Cross Country) and has been a Chartered member of Coaches of Canada since 1999. He has coached at the international level for 18 years including the position of Head Coach of the Canadian National Biathlon Team. He has coached or supported national teams at more than 100 world Cups, 15 World Championships, 6 Olympic Games, 2 Pan-American Games and 1 Winter Youth Olympics. He is a very active NCCP Master Course Conductor and Master Coach having delivered more than 100 technical courses and sport specific tasks within levels 4 and 5. His is an NCCP Master Learning Facilitator and is the author and project leader for the Biathlon Canada Long Term Athlete Development model (2005) as well as the NCCP Community coaching education program. Roger was previously employed as the Manager Team Services with the Canadian Olympic Committee where he assisted in the final phase Olympic Preparation planning of National Teams preparing for Olympic Games. In his current role, Roger is responsible for all High Performance Varsity programs at the University of Ottawa


Chris Densmore

CEO – Volleyball BC

 

1998-99 – OUC Men’s Assistant Coach

1999-2000 – OUC Women’s Assistant Coach

1998-2005 – Team BC Indoor and Beach Coach

2001-2010 – Mariners Men’s Volleyball Head Coach

2005-2010 – Team Canada Beach (Team Coach)

2010-11 – UBC Men’s & Women’s Assistant Coach

2011-16 – Volleyball BC CEO


Todd Allison

High Performance Advisor – Own the Podium

Freestyle Skiing – Canadian national team athlete(1989 – 1994), Development team ballet/aerial coach, high performance director and 2002 Olympic team leader Level V NCCP; NCI Calgary Graduate (Chartered Professional Coach) Athlete Service Manager – Pacific Sport Canadian Sport Centre Greater Vancouver (now CSI – Vancouver) Founding Manager – Telus Whistler Sport Centre (now CSI – Whistler) Associate Director – United States Olympic Committee High Performance Advisor – Own the Podium


Frank van den Berg

Director Mental Performance – Canadian Sport Institute Calgary

Frank van den Berg graduated in 1995 from the University in Groningen, The Netherlands, with Master’s degrees in developmental psychology and sport psychology. He has worked as a sport psychologist and mental performance consultant with numerous national and developmental team athletes, teams and coaches in The Netherlands and – since 2005 – in Canada: speed skating, figure skating, triathlon, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, gymnastics, basketball, baseball, diving, tennis, synchronized swimming, target shooting, hockey, bobsleigh, skeleton, alpine skiing, and Special Olympics. Frank provides various services to optimize preparedness and readiness of athletes, teams and their coaches to meet their performance demands in training and competition. These include comprehensive mental training & coaching, psychometric assessment, biofeedback training, eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR), teambuilding, coach support & education, leadership development, and psychological first aid/crisis intervention in sport. As Director Mental Performance at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary Frank collaborates with other mental performance consultants and sport psychologists in Calgary, Alberta and across Canada.


Shelley Coolidge

World University (FISU) Games Gold Medalist 2009 – Team Canada Women’s Hockey, Assistant Coach International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) – Women’s Hockey Yearly Training Program Contract Manager National Ringette League – Gloucester Devils – National Silver Medalists – 2016 IIHF Development Program Coach Mentor CIS Head Coach and Program Manager 2003 – 2014 ACAC Head Coach and Program Developer 1998 – 2003 Team Canada U22 Program Team Manager 2002


Gerard Lauziere

Karate Canada. ,and Coaching Association of Canada

Karate Canada, National Team athlete and coach. HP committee and NCCP committee. Taekwondo Canada, High Performance Director Canadian Fencing Federation, High Performance Director Coaching Association of Canada, senior coaching consultant High Performance


Earl Church

Coach – Athletics – University of Moncton and Athletics South East (New Brunswick)

Coach of Athletics for 50 years. Coached at High School, University and Club levels in Ontario, New Brunswick and Massachusetts. From 1994 until 2008 coached for Athletics Canada in Para Program. From 1996 – 2002 was Head coach of National Para Team. Currently serving as an executive member of the Board of Directors of Coaching Association of Ontario. Member of Coaches of Canada – ChPC.


Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Candidates will normally have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology or other related field of study with one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year level courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in their field of study.

Alternatively, applicants may be considered for admission who do not meet the academic requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate certificate program. Assessment standards will be concordant with those employed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Prior Experience

In addition, candidates will normally have:

  • 5 years of coaching experience, including coaching athletes at the national team or Canada Games level, or 5 years as a carded National Team athlete
  • National Coaching Certification Program qualification at level 3 or “Competition Development”
  • recommendation of the National Sport Organization

Special admission into graduate studies will be considered for candidates who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and impact in their coaching careers, but may lack formal academic (undergraduate) training or credential. These candidates will need to demonstrate the drive to excel and the intellectual capability required to succeed, where ability to progress in the program will be assessed within the graduate certificate.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: April 1 (Application System will open on January 1)

Applications will be considered as they arrive, and it is strongly recommended that you apply early as spaces are limited.
Late applications (after April 1 deadline) may be considered if space permits.

Contact Graduate Programs Assistant or 604.822.4641, if you require any assistance with the application process.

Determine your eligibility by consulting the Minimum Academic Requirements (MAR) page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. For the HPCTL Certificate, a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of B+ or 76% in upper division courses is required. Also, at least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses in the A grade range (comparative to UBC's grading system of 80% or higher) is required. * For International Students, the admission criteria will vary for different countries. Therefore, select the country your academic credentials were acquired from on the international MAR page to see the admission criteria.

  • Calculate your GPA - use this GPA Calculator.
  • TOEFL: If English is your second language the School’s overall TOEFL score requirement is 90.
    TOEFL Score Breakdown:
    Speaking: 21 Reading: 23
    Listening: 23 Writing: 23
    Note: TOEFL results are only accepted within two years after the date the test was taken.
  • IELTS overall score is 7.0 and 6.5 in each category (reading, writing, speaking, listening).
    Note: IELTS results are only accepted within two years after the date the test was taken.
  • 5 years of coaching experience, including coaching athletes at the national team or Canada Games level, or 5 years as a carded National Team athlete
  • National Coaching Certification Program qualification at level 3 or “Competition Development”
  • recommendation of the National Sport Organization

Special admission into graduate studies will be considered for candidates who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and impact in their coaching careers, but may lack formal academic (undergraduate) training or credential. These candidates will need to demonstrate the drive to excel and the intellectual capability required to succeed, where ability to progress in the program will be assessed within the graduate certificate.

  1. Complete the Graduate Studies online application form.
  2. Submit the following documents to the School of Kinesiology:
  • One completed HPCTL Statement of Purpose . Upload statement at the time the online application is submitted.
  • Two sets of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts must arrive in the institutions’ original sealed envelope and mailed to the address below.
  • Curriculum Vitae. Include your coaching experiences and your National Coaching Certification Program qualifications (include NCCP #). Upload CV at the time the online application is submitted.
  • Three reference letters. Referees can fill the online reference form or submit their letters online if the applicant provides their email address in the online application form. This is the preferred method to submit reference letters. Referees can also mail their reference letters to the School of Kinesiology Graduate Programs. (Letters must be sent in a sealed and signed envelope from the referees). Reference Letter Request Form. For tips on soliciting reference letters, download this resource sheet.
    ** One of your reference letters must be a recommendation from your National Sport Organization.

Referees can submit either the online reference form and/or upload their own reference letters online after the applicant provides the referee's email address in the online application form. An email link will be sent to the referee AUTOMATICALLY after the application form is completed and paid. (Please DO NOT ask your referees to email reference letters to the Program Assistant. Reference letters must be filed online (as indicated above) or mailed to the address below.)

Mailing Address:
UBC School of Kinesiology
Graduate Programs
210 – 6081 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1 CANADA

Applications meeting minimum eligibility requirements are forwarded to the admission committee for assessments. If accepted, an official admission letter will be issued by the School.

The following criteria, which must meet UBC’s minimum admission requirements, are used to review applications:

  • Scholastic Performance (transcripts)
  • Reference Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV

The School of Kinesiology will send a formal offer of admission to successful candidates; those not recommended for the School’s graduate program will also receive written notification.

Once accepted into the program, student authorization is required to study in Canada. This may be obtained by applying to the nearest Canadian Consular or Immigration Office in the home country and may take as long as 8-10 weeks to process; students from the People’s Republic of China should allow 3-6 months.

To apply for authorization you will require:

  • UBC’s formal offer of admission
  • evidence of adequate funds for tuition and maintenance, and if married – for
  • spouse and children
  • travel funds to and from Canada

Please retain the offer of admission for presentation to the Immigration Officer at the Canadian point of entry. For additional information visit the International Students website.

Tuition

Tuition is payable on a course-by-course basis as follows at 2016-17 rate for 3 credits: $1570.80 for domestic students and $2,481.86 for international students. Tuition is paid in four installments – June, September, January, May. The tuition for each course may be subject to annual tuition increases as established by the University (currently at 2%).

In order to maintain registration in the program students must register and pay tuition for a minimum 2 courses.

2016/17 Program Total

  • $6,283.20 for domestic students
  • $9,927.44 for international students

Additional Fees

There will be additional fees for the 6-day residential institute held. Participants are responsible for costs associated with travel and accommodation at UBC Vancouver.

  • Preferred rates for on-campus accommodation for participants of this program will be provided closer to the start of the program.

FAQs

The Graduate Certificate includes 4 elements:

A residential course: 6 days at the outset of the program, June 6-11, 2016 (8:30 to 4:00 pm)

Scheduled weekly webinars: between 6 and 12 hours a month (up to 3 hours a week) of synchronous webinars; candidates should also plan for at least 3 hours a week of preparation and homework.

Weekly classes will normally occur on one morning and one evening per week, with the provision that any missed online class will be recorded for later viewing with student assignment to ensure continuity in learning.

On-line course work: Approximately 3-6 hours per month, completed on your own time (“asynchronous”) and will vary per course.

Practical Assessment (Practicum): each candidate will complete a practical assessment (practicum) in coaching or technical leadership that will involve at least 40 hours of assignments, a panel presentation and practical experience to be completed. Depending on National Governing body needs and availability, coaches may have opportunity to engage national team programming.

The Residential Course will be held June 12 - 17, 2017, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at UBC Vancouver campus.

All four courses that form the Graduate Certificate will be introduced during the residential course: approximately 10 hours of each of KIN 515 – Gap Analysis, KIN 585 – Performance Planning, and KIN 586 – Coaching Effectiveness; and a one day orientation to the program including a 3 hour orientation for KIN 598 – Practicum.

** The residential program is mandatory and no exceptions will be made.

Candidates will be responsible for their own travel, meals and accommodation. Those requiring accommodation can stay at the UBC accommodations at a cost of $100 per night, subject to availability.

** The residential program is mandatory and no exceptions will be made.

The Graduate Certificate earns successful candidates 12 credits towards the 30 credit Master’s Degree. It also provides approximately 75 percent of the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma.

After completing the Graduate Certificate, candidates can complete the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma by taking one additional three credit course (Leading High Performance Sport) and presenting and defending their portfolio in the ACD final presentation, administered by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific who organizes a panel of UBC, NSO and CSI staff.

For candidates who wish to continue beyond the Graduate Certificate to complete the Diploma or Master’s Degree, the second year of the program will begin in June 2016, and will involve another residential course and 18 credits for the Master’s.

Minimum requirement for program entry are Comp-Dev trained, Level 3 certified, or equivalent accreditation (foreign coaches). Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate will be accredited with 75% of the modules for the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma / Comp-dev Advanced Gradation outlined here.

Coaches in sports who have Comp-Dev Advanced Gradation accreditation may be able to apply modules toward their Advanced Certification.

After completing the Graduate Certificate, candidates can complete the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma by taking one additional three credit course (Leading High Performance Sport) and presenting and defending their portfolio in the ACD final presentation, administered by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific who organizes a panel of UBC, NSO and CSI staff.

Students who have completed the Advanced Coaching Diploma or old NCI Diploma can challenge KIN 598 by demonstrating portfolio requirements. Challenging KIN 598 will be at the discretion of the UBC advisor for the coach and coaches will be required to;

  1. Pay challenge fee
  2. Provide supporting documentation / portfolio for challenge.

Because of the unique nature of the KIN 598 Practicum and the value of individual mentorship, all coaches are encouraged to complete the course at UBC regardless of whether the coach previously completed the ACD or NCI.

The KIN 598 Practicum requires that you complete at least 40 hours of assignments plus a panel presentation.

The practical environment will be largely student driven, with coaches working in their own training environments or technical leader role within a sport organization. Depending on National Governing body needs and availability, coaches and leaders may have an opportunity to engage national team programming.

All coaches and technical sport leaders will be provided with a mentor who will assist coaches in the practical requirements. Mentors must be approved by the Canadian Sport Institute in conjunction with National Sport Organization or other key sport partners. The UBC course advisor will oversee all mentorship and practicum assessments.

The program is designed for a class of 20 to 22 full time candidates. Should there be less than 18 students registered the program may need to be delayed for the following year.

Yes, international students with qualifications equivalent to the Canadian entrance qualifications, and with an English language internet-based TOEFL overall score of 90 and IELTS overall score of 7.0, are eligible to attend (please see admission requirements for additional details).

The Graduate Certificate will provide you with an in-depth, research-based command of high performance sport, and help you enhance your skills and abilities to become a leading high performance coach or technical leader in Canadian (or international) sport. The curriculum has been developed by experts from the National Sport Organizations, Canadian Sport Institutes, Own the Podium and Coaching Association of Canada to reflect the demands of high performance sport.

You will acquire both a university-recognized and NCCP qualification, and develop a network of important contacts in high performance sport.

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate will be $6283.20 ($9,927.44 for international students) subject to annual increases.

Upon successful admission into the program students can pay tuition on a course-by-course basis as follows at 2016-17 rate (increased later as per annual changes): for 3 credits, $1570.80 for domestic students and $2,481.86 for international students. Tuition is paid in 4 installments - June, September, January, May.

In order to maintain registration in the program students must register and pay tuition for a minimum 2 courses.

While not ideal, coaches can register and complete individual courses over two years. Students who wish to intermittently engage the program must:

  1. Meet minimum requirements for entry into the Graduate Certificate
  2. Complete KIN 515 Gap Analysis in the first year
  3. Attend residential component for each course that is registered (i.e. multiple residential requirements).

Upon completing admittance into the graduate certificate coaches will need to register for a minimum 2 courses through UBC online course registration.

Students unable to complete all requirements within the academic year will be subject to re-engagement fees as established by UBC. Normally a student will be granted 6-month period to submit all course requirements after the end of the course. Students unable to complete the requirement after 6-month extension will be withdrawn from the course.

Candidates will normally have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics, Physical Education, Kinesiology or other related field of study with one of the following:

  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year level courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year level courses in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in their field of study.

Alternatively, applicants may be considered for admission who do not meet the academic requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, and/or otherwise possess demonstrable knowledge or expertise that would prepare them adequately for successful study in the graduate certificate program.

Assessment standards will be concordant with those employed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Prior Experience

In addition, candidates will normally have:

  • 5 years of coaching experience, including coaching athletes at the national team or Canada Games level, or 5 years as a carded National Team athlete,
  • National Coaching Certification Program qualification at level 3 or “Competition Development”,
  • recommendation of the National Sport Organization,

Special admission into graduate studies will be considered for candidates who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential and impact in their coaching careers, but may lack formal academic (undergraduate) training or credential. These candidates will need to demonstrate the drive to excel and the intellectual capability required to succeed, where ability to progress in the program will be assessed within the graduate certificate.

In addition to the above admission requirements students wishing special admission must also include a:

  • submission of a portfolio showing an annual training plan the candidate has developed and implemented, other evidence of their practical coaching, and any articles or coaching materials they have produced.

Targeted coaches may be able to access financial assistance through their NSO or the Canadian Sport Institute. Incentive based funding may be available to coaches who demonstrate ability to complete program requirements and meet eligibility outlined for accessing financial assistance. Application for financial assistance can also be made through UBC financial aid.

Students interested in the MHPCTL must apply to the HPCTL Graduate Certificate and successfully complete this program before being recommended for admission to the MHPCTL program.

Yes, the tuition, education, and any textbook amounts will allow you to reduce any income tax you may owe.

UBC will provide you with the T2202A slip in January for the total eligible tuition fees paid as well as the months you were enrolled either part-time or full-time. For more info, please see CRA website.


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