Coaching Course Descriptions

Club Coach

The Club Coach program is a 15-hour (two-day) workshop designed to enhance the skill set of Instructors who function predominantly at the club level. The Club Coach will be competent in training curlers from youth to masters, with skill levels of beginner to intermediate. The Club Coach is able to instruct novice (Learn to Curl) and intermediate clinics.

Minimum age requirement – 16 years old.

Club Coach – Trained

  • Successfully complete two-day workshop
  • Make Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation – Competition Introduction

Club Coach Youth

Club Coach Youth is a 7-hour (one-day) workshop designed to enhance the skill set of Instructors who function at the club level and work predominantly with youth curlers. Club Coach Youth instructors generally function in a program rather than a team environment, and typically work with U9, U12, and U15 curlers.
Minimum Age Requirement: 16 years.

Competition Coach

Competition Coach is a two-day workshop. It is recommended that individuals have a good understanding of the game and technical skills from the perspective of working with Intermediate to Advanced-skilled teams. The Competition Coach will learn: Teaching & learning Strategies, Strategy & Tactics, Delivery & Brushing Skills, Skill Analysis, Practice Planning (including Safety & EAP) and Drills to Correct. Minimum age requirement – 16 years old.

Competition Coach – Trained

  • Successfully complete two-day workshop
  • Make Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation – Competition Introduction

Competition Coach – Certified

  • Successfully complete two-day workshop
  • Make Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation – Competition Introduction
  • Submission of Plan a Practice and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to Curling Alberta
  • On-Ice Evaluation

Competition Development Coach

Competition Development is a comprehensive course that is designed to assist coaches in taking their teams to the next level of competitive play (eg: provincial, national or international). It is recommended that coaches are working with teams that are “Training to Compete.” The workshop encompasses planning, strategy, analysis and program management to better your team’s performance. The prerequisite for the Competition Development workshop is Level 2 Certified in the old system or Competition Coach Certified.

Competition Development Coach – Certified

  • Successfully complete four-day workshop
  • Complete two observation evaluations (a practice and a competitive environment)
  • Five webinars on material not covered in the four-day workshop
  • Competition Development Make Ethical Decision (MED) Online Evaluation
  • Complete four competition development multi-sport modules: Managing Conflict, Coaching and Leading Effectively, Psychology of Performance and Leading Drug Free Sport

The program will take approximately 14 months to complete, as it requires writing, implementing, executing, and debriefing an annual plan.

Make Ethical Decisions

MED (Make Ethical Decisions) Multi-Sport 3 Hour Module

  • The cost for the MED Multi-sport three-hour module offered by Curling Alberta is $45.00.  When you have completed the Module – Curling Alberta will forward your information to Curling Canada for input into the national database (The Locker).  This will, in turn, allow you to take your MED Online Evaluation at no costThere may be a one to two-week processing period after you have taken the MED Multi-Sport Module before you will be able to complete your MED Online Evaluation.  

On-line MED Evaluation

  • It is not mandatory to take the Multi-sport module to complete the MED Online Evaluation.
  • The fee for taking the on-line MED evaluation is $85 (unless you take the Curling Alberta’s MED multi-sport module, in which the on-line evaluation is free).
  • To register, visit
    • You must have your NCCP # (previously CC#) as well as a password to complete the evaluation.
    • If you are unsuccessful after two attempts, it is mandatory you take the Multi-sport three-hour module “Make Ethical Decisions” provided by Curling Alberta or the provincial government at a cost of $45.  You would then be required to retake the MED Online Evaluation (at no charge).

Coaching Requirements 

All coaches must be at least 21 years of age ( Exception for U15 -Coaches must be at least 18 years of age, If a coach is less than 21 years old, he/she must provide two favorable letters of reference if requested.)

Coaches for U15, U18, U20 and U21 Mixed Doubles teams must have a Police Record Check on file with Curling Alberta. Criminal Record Checks expire with our organization in three years. For example, if your check was completed prior to Sept 2020, you are required to submit a new one for this curling season (2022-23). To complete your Criminal Record Check online, visit

Curling Alberta will require at least one parent/guardian of each player under 18 years of age to have completed the on-line Safe Sport Program in order for the minor to participate in any sanctioned event. More details here.

All Coaches should review the competition policies, Competitor’s Guide and related event Appendix. Click here

Provincial Qualifiers  & Championships



The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) offers a free, 90-minute eLearning module that will give coaches the knowledge to recognize, address, and prevent maltreatment in sport and includes tools and resources to help embed Safe Sport principles throughout Curling Alberta and teams.
Learn more about Safe Sport Training from the CAC at their new dedicated microsite or access the module directly in the Locker.

National Championships

What do I need to coach at the Games?

Alberta Winter Games, Arctic Winter Games:

  • Coaches are encouraged to be Competition Coach Certified as recognized by Curling Alberta and the Coaching Association of Canada. However, this is not a requirement for the AWG Curling Competition.
  • Criminal Record Check
  • On-line Safe Sport Program

Canada Winter Games:

  • Competition Development Coach Certified OR Competition Coach Certified (Competition Introduction) with specialized Canada Winter Games Professional Development Module
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