Steps to becoming a hockey coach.


Thank you for your interest in coaching. If you are a new or returning coach, the first step is to complete the SAMHA Coach/Assistant Coach Intake Form.

Hockey Alberta has varying different age-specific courses. All courses have an online module and an in-person clinic.

Please complete the intake form and we will notify you by email to confirm what credentials are required to coach at the division you have applied for.

To learn more visit  Hockey Alberta's website.

Backgroud Check

All coaches are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) every three years.

How to obtain a VSC

  1. All VSC must be obtained in person from the RCMP within the last 12 months.
  2. To waive the processing fee, SAMHA must verify your volunteer commitment. Please fill out the Volunteer Commitment Form form to receive your letter. You must circle the appropriate age division before you take it to the RCMP office.
  3. Please take a picture or scan of your completed document and EMAIL your completed VSC to registrar@samha.ca.

RIS Activity Leader

The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates coaches and activity leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

This is an online course and a minimum requirement for all coaches.

This course expires every four years. If you are unsure when your course expires, please log into your Hockey Locker account to confirm.

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Hockey Alberta runs coach clinics throughout the Edmonton area. You can view a full listing here: Hockey Alberta Clinics 

The St. Albert 2024 clinics will be added to this page as they become available.


The Hockey Canada Registry is the universal platform for managing all Hockey Canada Certification Clinics (including Coach.ca & Respect In Sport courses).

You require a Hockey Canada Registry account to register for Hockey Alberta clinics and your view qualifications.

Start now.

Step 1: Create an HCR 3.0 account 

Step 2: Register for an upcoming clinic.


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The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) provides standardized, inclusive, and safe sport education to coaches and coach developers across 65 sports.


By successfully completing the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions (MED) training, coaches will be fully equipped to handle ethical situations with confidence and surety.  The training helps coaches identify the legal, ethical, and moral implications of difficult and potentially unsafe situations that present themselves in the world of team and individual sport.

Coaches in Canada play an integral role in creating a fair and inclusive environment for their sport. While the impact of racism in sports and coaching can be far-reaching, so can the effects of anti-racism coaching education.

The Mental Health and Sport Resource Hub provides the tools and information to overcome stigma and guide conversations about mental health. This free online portal offers training and resources for coaches to develop mental health literacy and positive coaching practices to improve performance and well-being in sport.

Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs.

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SAMHA supports the ongoing education of our coaches. Coach courses required by Hockey Alberta are eligible for reimbursement. For any additional professional development courses, approval is required prior to enrollment.  Coach clinic reimbursement cheques are issued on November 15th. Any claims received after this date will be reimbursed between January 15th - January 31st.

All Development 1 and High-Performance course reimbursements must be approved before enrollment. Please contact the SAMHA Development Director (development@samha.ca) for approval.