Coaching Certification

Player and Coach Pathways

The CSA's Coach Pathway is the guide for coaching certifications for the different levels of soccer in BC.  
West Van FC works hard to make sure that every coach has taken the appropriate coaching courses for working with their team.  We are one of the few clubs that have ensured that all head coaches have their coaching certification.

Coaching Pathway


As the governing body for soccer in Canada the Canadian Soccer Association is responsible for training coaches from grassroots to national team level. With the increasing number of players registering with clubs across the country this represents a considerable challenge. In order to meet this challenge the Association has developed a Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model and tailored the Coach Education Program to this Model. As a result a two-streamed education program (COMMUNITY SPORT and LICENSING STREAMS) have been developed in conjunction with the NCCP and our provincial/territorial partners that we feel will meet the needs of both developing coaches and the sport itself.

Community Sport Stream


Canada Soccer’s Coach Education Community Sport Stream has four workshops based on Stages 1, 2, 3, and 7 of the Long-Term Player Development Model.

Link to more info:

Community Coaching Courses Online


Canada Soccer has developed the Canada Soccer Pathway (LTPD) and tailored the Coach Education Program into a two-streamed model (Community and Licensing). BC Soccer is responsible for training coaches across the province at all levels and we are pleased to offer a new online coach education initiative to help all coaches.

Classroom/Theory for all Community Coaching Courses Now Online

In light of the current situation with the suspension of on-field soccer activity, in conjunction with Canada Soccer, we are pleased to introduce online delivery of the classroom/theory for all community coaching courses at no charge. The current offering provides online access to the theory component (part 1) for coaches wanting to start their certification process in the Community Stream. Coaches taking the online theory are able to register for the practical on-field component (part 2) when on-field soccer activity resumes to obtain their full certification.

The online theory for the Community Stream is made up of various modules that help coaches become more knowledgeable at the age specific stages of development that they coach. Participants can work at their own pace to complete the online modules which will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete per course. To receive full certification credit, coaches are required to complete the online theory component (part 1) as a pre-requisite to register for the practical on-field component (part 2). Once both parts have been completed, coaches will receive certification credit.

If you are or will be coaching in one or more of the following age groups and previously have not completed this course requirement, then the online theory is for you.

For instructions on how the registration system works, please click here: How do I use the registration system?

If you coach U4-U6 players, then click here:   Active Start Online Theory

If you coach U7-U8 players, then click here:   Fundamentals Online Theory

If you coach U9-U12 players, then click here: Learn to Train Online Theory

If you coach U13+ players, then click here:    Soccer for Life Online Theory

Licensing Stream


The Licensing Stream is for coaches who wish to continue their coach education and be challenged as a coach, the C License is the gateway and the first opportunity for coaches to be formally evaluated. The B License (Part 1 and 2) and the A License courses are aimed at the professionalization of coaches and is geared at high performance soccer and for those who are coaching professionally or pursuing that level.  These courses are extensive and run during the week with a challenging curriculum.


Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation pass (75%+) is necessary for “certified” status in the NCCP database.  Coaches can choose to take the evaluation directly (without the training) but only have two tries at the test before having to complete the training. Making Ethical Decisions multi-sport training module is offered through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is available in person or through home study options. For more info, cost and registration:  Making Ethical Decisions (MED).

Link to CSA's Coach Education & Certification:

High Performance Stream