Coaches and Officials

Sport excellence starts with great coaches and officials

Exceptional coaches and technical officials are the backbone of our sport. Athletes of all levels rely on coaching guidance and support throughout the year, and on all-important race days, accurate and capable officiating makes all the difference to age-group personal best and high-performance results.


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 CoachNB. Course information and scheduling is available at

TriNB 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 grandfathered 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 NB 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 NB.


Community Sport Coaches

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 continuous 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:
    1. Be trained as a community coach, or complete Planning a Practice, and Building a Basic Sport Program
    2. Conflict Management
    3. Leading Drug-free Sport
    4. Coaching and Leading Effectively
    5. Developing Athletic Abilities
    6. Prevention and Recovery
    7. Psychology of Performance
    8. –> “In-Training”
  3.  Complete the Triathlon Canada NCCP Training Prerequisites:
    1. Swimming Canada – Swimming 101
    2. Cycling Canada – Skills & Tactics (Road)
    3. 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

In-competition assessment and portfolio assessment –> “Certified”


How to become a technical official

If you have strong communication skills and a keen eye for detail, you may enjoy being one of Triathlon New Brunswick’s Technical Officials.

Technical Officials work collaboratively with the Race Director and other stakeholders to ensure the safety and fairness of triathlons in New Brunswick and beyond.   A wide variety of roles and responsibilities are carried out by Technical Officials depending on their experience and certification.

Coaches and Race directors are required to take the level one course; as it is important that they also are knowledgeable with the rules and the operational procedures in a triathlon.

To become a technical official please contact us directly.

Official development path

Officiating can take you as far as you want to go, from working at your local splash-and-dash to officiating triathlon at the Olympics. Whatever level you aspire to, the development path for officials begins with a Provincial Technical Official (PTO) Level 1 Course. TriNB hosts Level 1 and/or Level 2 courses every year. 

Official Development Pathway

Provincial Technical Official 1 (PTO-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 (PTO-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.

Our national governing body, Triathlon Canada, is updating the officials’ program and pathways. Stay tuned for the latest developments. For more information on the national technical programmer, contact us at TriNB or please contact Triathlon Canada

 National Triathlon Official (NTO) 3: Works at national and international events as head official, sector lead, or official under the mentorship of a full NTO official. NTOs can present both level 1 and level 2 courses. NTO are expected to mentor PTOs.




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