Training & Certification Requirements

ALL Volunteers (i.e. Coaches, Managers, Trainers, On-Ice Helpers):

  • Must be registered with the League (contact your Area Association to register as a Team Official)
  • Must have Speak Out or Respect in Sport certification (further details below)
  • Must have a current Police Check (with Vulnerable Sector Search) on file with the League (further details below)
  • Must complete the OHF’s Gender Identity and Expression training course (Click here)

Team Certification:

  • The Head Coach of each Team at the Minor Atom to Atom “A” categories must be Development 1 trained, and at the Minor Peewee to Midget “A” categories must be Development 1 certified (further details below).
    • Also, effective for the 2018-2019 season, any individual registered as an Assistant Coach at the “A” level must be Development 1 trained.
  • Each “A”, Gold and Red level team must have a Trainer possessing a valid HTCP certification (further details below)
  • Each Tyke team and each House League team in the divisions of Minor Novice through Atom must include at least one Team Official who at a minimum is trained at the Coach 1 level (further details below).
  • Each House League team in the divisions of Minor Peewee and above must include at least one Team Official who is trained at the Coach 2 level, or higher (further details below).

To cover those situations where a Team’s coaching staff is new to the MHL, the effective date for such certification is November 15th of each season.  Note that some of our Area Associations may subsidize the cost of some (or all) of the required certifications.  Please contact your Area Association for information regarding cost reimbursement.

Coach Registration:

All volunteers must be registered into the Hockey Canada Registry.  Some Associations will ask you to do this yourself, others will handle it on your behalf.  Either way, your Area Association will let you know.  Volunteers used to be issued “certification cards” upon completion of various clinics, but this is no longer the case.  All clinic information is now logged into your Hockey Canada Profile.

Speak Out / Respect in Sport Certification:

All volunteers are required to obtain “Speak Out” certification as per Hockey Canada and MHL regulations.  The purpose of this training is to educate coaches on preventing bullying, harassment, and abuse.  This course will assist in developing skills in communication and interaction with players in the hockey environment.  This certification can be obtained in one of two ways:

1 – Attend a 3 hour Speak Out seminar.  For Clinic costs, dates, and locations, please click here.

2 – Take a 3 hour online equivalent to Speak Out called Respect in Sport – Activity Leader/Coach, the cost of which is $30 and can be done at your leisure within a 30-day time frame.  To register for Respect in Sport, please click here.

Police Check Information:

All volunteers are required to obtain a Criminal Reference Check (CRC, or “Police Check”) with Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) as per Hockey Canada, OHF, GTHL and MHL Regulations.

The means to obtain these Checks and costs associated therewith vary from municipality to municipality.  Since the vast majority of our volunteers live in Mississauga (i.e. Peel Region), the information which follows will relate to instructions for Peel residents.  For volunteers who live outside of Peel Region, please call the MHL Office at 905-607-1118 and we’ll explain your options.

If you live in Peel Region, you can access the applicable application form online by clicking here.  Complete the form, print it, and take it to either Peel Police HQ at 7750 Hurontario St., Brampton, or the Square One Community Station at 100 City Centre Dr., Mississauga.  For Hours of Service at each location, please visit the Peel Police Services website by clicking here.

Once it is completed by the Police it will be mailed back to YOU.  Upon receipt, please forward it to us (the original, that is).  Note that we cannot accept a Police Check that is more than six (6) months old.

The second form you’ll require is a “Community Organization and Volunteer Authorization Letter”.  This is a document signed by the MHL or your Area Association advising the Police that you are, in fact, a community volunteer.  This will enable the Police (in Peel Region) to waive the finger-print charge for the Vulnerable Sector Search.  To download this Letter, click here.

Please note that additional copies (i.e. original copies) of your Peel Police Check can be obtained for $5 each, but must be requested at the same time as the original request.  Note that you will require an additional Community Organization & Volunteer Authorization Letter from the other organization(s) that you’re volunteering with.

Once we have your Police Check we’ll log the date thereof into your Hockey Canada profile and file it under lock and key.  Police Checks provided to MHL are “good” for three (3) years of continuous service.

Please note that the processing time for Peel Police Checks has averaged 3 to 4 weeks.  It will take somewhat longer if finger-printing is required (to verify your identity), so please don’t delay in dropping off these forms.

Also, for those who already have a Police Check with VSS on file with the MHL (and you’ve remained in continuous service to MHL), your 3-year update Check can also be done on-line (at a cost of $25) via myBackCheck.com.  Note that myBackCheck is unable to provide a Vulnerable Sector Search, so this option only works if you’ve provided us with a Police Check with VSS in the past.

Coaching Clinics & Certification Maintenance:

Coach Level 1 – Initiation Program & Novice

This 8 hour course (4 hours online and 4 hours in-class) includes topics such as; skills teaching/analysis, lesson organisation, teaching stations, drills and games for development, and equipment and space usage for teaching. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component. The Initiation Program was developed by Hockey Canada to make a child’s first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. In a structured learn-to-play hockey program environment, beginners can learn the game’s basic skills and become contributing members of a team, develop confidence, and experience personal achievement. The Hockey Canada Initiation Program atmosphere is one fun and fair play.

This course requires that participants complete the Hockey Canada – Hockey University online program in addition to the 4 hour in class course that includes a 1.5 hour on ice training session. The online course will be available to complete upon sign-up for any in-class Coach Level clinic.  The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.  The online portion must be completed before your in-class course date.

Coach 2 Level (House League / Select – Minor Atom & above)

This 8 hour course (4 hours online and 4 hours in-class) includes topics such as; supporting the athlete through communication, designing and delivering practices and the game environment, game day preparations, and the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) M.E.D.-Making Ethical Decisions workshop. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component.

This course requires that participants complete the Hockey Canada – Hockey University online program in addition to the 4 hour in class course that includes a 1.5 hour on ice training session. The online course will be available to complete upon sign-up for any in-class Coach Level clinic.  The online course will continue to be available on your Hockey Canada profile until it is completed.  The online portion must be completed before your in-class course date.

Development 1 (A, AA, & AAA Coaching)

Development 1 is the training/certification required by Hockey Canada for head coaches of rep level hockey ‘A’, ‘AA’ & ‘AAA’ (excluding Minor Bantam AAA and above AAA). Hockey Canada’s Body Checking component is included in the GTHL Development 1 training. This course does not include Hockey Canada’s harassment and abuse certification (Speak-Out).

This 16-hour course includes topics such as; team building with athletes, skills and progression, season planning, practice design, goaltending, offence, defence, individual/team tactics, practice to game transitions and the National Coaching Certification Program’s (NCCP) M.E.D.-Making Ethical Decisions workshop. Also included is an on-ice training session designing and delivering the topics covered. You will be required to bring a CSA-approved helmet, skates, gloves and a hockey stick for the on-ice component.

Certification Maintenance:

Hockey Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada have provided a framework for developing coaches and maintaining certification through participationin national and provincial conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching.  Professional Development points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in.  PD points are tracked by the Coaching Association of Canada and Hockey Canada.

Click here to view a summary of the Coach Training & Certification Requirements

Click here to view the Professional Development policy/credit information.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about PD points.

For Clinic dates and locations, please click here.

Trainer’s Certification:

The MHL works with the HDCO (Hockey Development Centre of Ontario) to provide Trainer’s certification and recertification to coaches.  The HDCO has both online and in-class courses for certification at Level 1, as well as in-class-only Level 1 & 2 combination courses.  For more information go directly to www.hdco.on.ca or call them at 416-426-7252.

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