Coaches and Officials

Sport excellence starts with great coaches and officials

Coaches and technical officials are essential to the conduct and development of triathlon. Athletes of all levels rely on coaching guidance and support to develop their potential and avoid injury. Effective officiating at competitions and events helps ensure safety, and supports the fairness of competition.


How to become a coach

In 2018 Triathlon Canada revised the requirements for triathlon coaching in cooperation with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).

There are two basic classifications of coaches: Community and Competition. Community Coaches typically work with newcomers to the sport and within clubs. Competition Coaches work with athletes aiming at provincial, national, and international competition levels. You can move directly into the competitive coaching pathway without becoming a community coach.

Community Sport Coach

If you’re thinking of becoming qualified as a Community Sport Coach, then you may already coach at the community level or be interested in doing so. Often, you’re a parent whose child is involved in sport, or a volunteer who works with participants of all ages that are new to the sport or competing at the club level. Community coaches can concentrate on youth or adult coaching development.

Competition Coach

Coaches in the competition stream usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in triathlon or related sports. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions.

Many requirements and courses for both coaching streams are generic to all coaching development programs and are available locally or online through SportNL and other agencies. Course information and scheduling is available at

TriNL will help arrange your participation in triathlon specific courses as they become available.

Certifications or Training Under Previous Pathways

Individuals who have completed certification or training under the previous coaching pathways will be grand-fathered according to a matrix developed and conditionally approved with the Coaching Association of Canada. Please refer to the last section of the revised Pathway document for details.

Certification levels

Triathlon Canada has defined two certifications programs: Community and Competition. Both programs begin with the same process: Basic Registration. Details of the process can be found here. Course information and scheduling for non-triathlon specific courses is available at

Basic Registration

At the end of basic registration, a prospective coach is registered with Triathlon Canada as a coach and is eligible to move on to Community and/or Competition coaching training. Basic registration includes:

  1. Establishing an account with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and receiving an NCCP account number.
  2. Registering with Triathlon Canada and affiliating with Triathlon NL through the National Triathlon Registration System.
  3. Completing a criminal background check.
  4. Completing the Respect in Sport module (use the link under Triathlon Specific Courses).
  5. Completing the CAC module “Making Ethical Decisions”.
  6. Completing Triathlon Official Level 1 training with Triathlon NL.

Community Sport Coach

Community coaches tend to concentrate on one of two areas: Youth or Adults. The youth-specific pathway is still under development, but will be similar to the adult pathway. To be certified as an adult community coach, the following steps are required:

  1. Complete Basic Registration (above).
  2. Complete the Triathlon Canada NCCP Community Coaching Course –> “In-Training”
  3. Complete the five required CAC multi-sport modules: Teaching and Learning, Nutrition, Basic Mental Skills, Planning a Practice, Design a Basic Sport Program –> “Trained”
  4. Complete an in-competition assessment –> “Certified”

Competition Coaches

There are two levels of competition coaches:

  1. Competition Coach: Works with young and elite athletes who are committed to the sport of triathlon and are in full-time training programs towards achieving continual performance improvement. This level is required for coaching at competitions such as the Canada Summer Games.
  2. High Performance Coach: Works with elite athletes aiming at international and Olympic competition. Completion of the competitive stream is a prerequisite. This certification level is still under development.

The competition coaching pathway is more detailed and technical than the community pathway. Requirements include:

  1. Completion of Basic Registration.
  2. Complete the eight required CAC multi-sport modules:
    • Be trained as a community coach, or complete Planning a Practice, and Building a Basic Sport Program
    • Conflict Management
    • Leading Drug-free Sport
    • Coaching and Leading Effectively
    • Developing Athletic Abilities
    • Prevention and Recovery
    • Psychology of Performance
    • –> “In-Training”
  3. Complete the Triathlon Canada NCCP Training Pre-requisites:
    • Swimming Canada – Swimming 101
    • Cycling Canada – Skills & Tactics (Road)
    • Athletics Canada – Club Coach (Endurance)
  4. Register for Competition Certification (mentoring)
  5. Mentor Meeting – introduction to Individual Performance Plan (IPP) and Yearly Training Plan (YTP) –> “Trained”
  6. Complete IPP/YTP Tool with Mentor
  7. In-competition assessment and portfolio assessment –> “Certified”
Triathlon specific coaching courses

TriNL will include the courses here as they become available. Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders: Contact to receive a code which you will use to pay for your registration for this program. Click on the logo to access the program.  


Triathlon Community Coaching (Adult)

TriNL will be offering this course on the weekend of April 27/28, 2019. Details and registration information here.

Swimming 101

April 26 – 28, 2019, $350

Cycling Skills & Tactics (Road)

Vancouver, February 24, 2019, $85

Kelowna, April 8 & 10, 2019, $85

Prince George, May 1 & 2, 2019, $85

Victoria, May 6 & 7, 2019, $85

Athletics Club Coach (Endurance)

Offerings will be posted here as they become available.


Multi-sport Courses for Triathlon Coaches

Coaching NL

This list will be updated when Coaching NL releases its calendar for Winter/Spring 2019. Click on the Coaching NL link to check news for upcoming courses while the schedule is being developed.


What is a Technical Official?

If you are knowledgeable about the sport and competition rules of triathlon and you have strong communications and observational skills, consider becoming a technical official. Technical officials ensure that an event is safe and fair for all competitors. They have a range of roles and responsibilities based on their level of certification.

Technical officials are in charge of the conduct of competitions at local, provincial, national, and international events, depending on their level of certification and experience. TriNL is currently trying to develop officials for local triathlon competitions and hosting national competitions such as the Canada Summer Games.

All coaches are required to complete the Level 1 Official Course. Level 1 is also recommended for anyone planning to serve as a race director for an event.

To become a technical official please contact us directly.

Official development path

The development path for officials begins with a Level 1 Course. TriNL intends to hold Level 1 Courses every year.

Official Development Path

Provincial Technical Official 1: A race official capable of reporting and enforcing rule infractions, usually employed as an assistant to the head official at a local or provincial event. A level 1 official is mentored by higher level officials and will be subject to an evaluation process. Provincial Technical Official 2: Works at provincial level events in roles such as Technical Delegate, Head Official, and Sector Lead, and can present the level 1 course. Level 2 requires participation in a level 2 course and passing an evaluation/mentorship process. National Triathlon Official (Mentoring) 3: Works at national and international events as head official, sector lead, or official under the mentorship of a full NTO official, and can present both level 1 and level 2 courses. National Triathlon Official: Works at national and international events in all roles, presents level 1 and level 2 courses, and may be assigned to mentor level 3 NTOs.

Officials Courses

Triathlon Official Level 2

TriNL is looking at offering this course in the summer of 2019, in St. John’s.

Age Group

Triathlon Newfoundland and Labrador. We can. We will.


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