National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Training

It is mandatory that all high level (level 3+ & median+) cheer coaches complete the following National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) modules: 1) Making Ethical Decisions (MED);  2) Planning a Practice;  and 3) Nutrition in order to be considered certified.

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Making Ethical Decisions (MED)

Analyze a challenging situation and determine if it has moral, legal or ethical implications; and apply the NCCP Ethical Decision-Making Model to properly respond to each situation in a way that is consistent with the NCCP Code of Ethics.

Planning a Practice

Organize a well-structured practice plan with safe, age-appropriate activities you’ve designed to match the proficiency level of participants; identify potential risk factors that could impact the sport and practice activities; create an emergency action plan; and identify practice goals and design activities that offer the best training benefits for the athletic skills required in your sport.


Determine if foods and beverages consumed by your athletes before, during and after training are adequate; offer suggestions for more suitable food and beverage alternatives when necessary; and gain a better understanding of the best way to promote healthy food choices that are consistent with basic sport nutrition principles to both athletes and their parents.