The Licensing Stream is aimed at those who are more serious about their coaching development and requires that coaches reach a minimum standard of competence in a practical coaching environment (Premier and Div1 coaches). Each coach is, therefore, formally evaluated and graded by Staff Evaluators at each stage of the process. This process begins with the C Licence, which involves a total of 32 hours of facilitated learning plus time allocated for formal assessments. From there, coaches may enter the B Licence Program, which includes the B Licence Part 1 and B Licence-National and a total of 80 hours of facilitated learning plus time allocated for formal assessments or the Children’s Licence stream. It is aimed at coaches working with players in an environment where performance is a critical factor in successful coaching. The A Licence Program includes a total of 90 hours of facilitated learning, plus formal assessments, and caters to those wishing to make a career of coaching at the highest level.
Coaches wishing to gain training and certification in the Licensing Stream would do so in the following manner:
- C Licence Workshop: Completion of a 32-hour training workshop and an official evaluation.
- B Licence-Part 1 Workshop: Completion of the training workshop totaling 40 hours and an official evaluation.Pre-requisites: Successful completion of C Licence workshop and evaluation.
- B Licence-National Workshop: Completion of the workshop totaling 40 hours and an official evaluation process (Training to Compete Stage of Development).Pre-requisites: Successful completion of B Licence-Provincial Workshop or Canadian Equivalency
- A Licence Workshop: Completion of the workshop totaling 90 hours and an official evaluation process (Training to Compete Stage of Development).Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the B Licence-National or Canadian Equivalency
Each of the workshops within the program is built with an emphasis placed on the practical application of certain coaching skills, also known as “competencies.” These competencies are expanded upon as the coach progresses through the program and will range from showing an understanding of the rules of small-sided-soccer to running an effective practice with players in a high performance environment.