When it was originally developed the NCCP was designed around five “levels” of certification. Levels 1 to 3 were for coaches working with community, club and high school athletes. Level 4 and 5 were designed for coaches working with high performance athletes and for those interested in a career in coaching.
The NCCP is currently undergoing a transition to a competency-based approach, in which a coach is trained and may achieve certification to coach a specific type of participant in a particular coaching environment. As of January 1, 2013 Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 (Old NCCP) are no longer offered and Community Coach, Introduction to Competition, and Competition Development will replace the old courses. They will now include technical and theory components in their sessions.
For further information on the NCCP transition refer to the following documents: