Learning Facilitators (LFs) are the persons who deliver the CSCP courses to coach candidates, and who evaluate the Coaching Portfolios of Trained Coaches.
The CSCP will develop and maintain a roster of LFs to deliver coach training in each context utilizing the adult learning principles advocated in the new NCCP. P/TSAs will be expected to assist in recruiting LFs. The CSCP will be responsible for LF training, utilizing the services of approved Master Learning Facilitators (MLFs).
LF candidates will be trained in skill and learning outcomes as shown in the attached Appendix 3 – LF Competencies Transcript. Upon completion and verification of the training and skill sets, LFs will be assigned by the CSCP to conduct training as required and suitable.
Potential LFs will have the following skill sets:
- Good understanding and background in the full spectrum of snowboarding skill development, particularly at relevant LTAD stage or stages;
- Good understanding of the growth and development principles related to the age groups and LTAD for each context;
- Good understanding of the appropriate skill training for any context in which they may be trained;
- Good understanding of the principles applied in Ethical Decision Making.
LFs must attend any required training sessions and successfully complete the LF training assignments. LFs will be required to be Certified (or, in the transition period through 2012, Trained) at the context stage for which they will serve as an LF.
Applications for LF training and designation shall be made to the Sport Development Manager. Applicants will be selected for LF training in consultation with the appropriate P/TSA.
The Sport Development Manager will perform an annual review of LFS with all Master Learning Facilitators. An external evaluation of each Learning Facilitator will be undertaken after the LF’s fifth delivery of the course or every 3 years. The external evaluation will be undertaken by a MLF designated by the Sport Development Manager. If possible, this evaluation will be undertaken jointly with a MLF from the host province or territory. If a LF is not evaluated externally after the fifth course OR after 3 years, the LF will be suspended pending evaluation and/or retraining.
Master Learning Facilitators
The CSCP will develop a roster of Master Learning Facilitators (MLFs), who will conduct training of the Learning Facilitators identified by the CSCP as suitable candidates to conduct coach training workshops and modules.
MLF candidates will be reviewed and approved by the CSCP Experts Committee. MLFs must attend any required training sessions and successfully complete the MLF training assignments. MLFs, once their training has been completed, will then be authorized to conduct LF training in each context of the CSCP.
The skill and learning outcomes (the “competencies”) that MLFs are required to demonstrate are set out in Appendix 3. Upon completion and verification of the training and skill sets, MLFs will be assigned to conduct training in each coaching context as required and appropriate. Such assignments and designations will be made by the CSCP Experts Committee. In initial program deliveries, MLFs will be encouraged to use mentoring and to team facilitate.
MLFs will be sought with the following backgrounds:
- Experience in training or instructional methods, preferably in an adult education setting.
- Experience in delivery of snowboarding technical training to adults.
- Knowledge of the NCCP coach training paradigm.
The following are required before MLF designation is granted:
- Successful completion of the NCCP Level C theory course.
- Comp Dev Trained status.
- Successful completion of a MLF training session.
- Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis
It will be the responsibility of the CSCP to conduct MLF training on a national basis. It is recognized that a full roster of MLFs with the desired broad range of facilitation skills will not be available during the initial stages of program development in most contexts. It is the intention of the CSCP to identify, train, and monitor potential MLFs in order to meet this skill gap. Initial candidates will be mentored and encouraged in their training by more experienced MLFs and by MLFs from multisport agencies.
The CSCP will develop and maintain a roster of Evaluators to conduct the evaluation of coaches’ portfolios, according to established criteria and guidelines. The skill set for Evaluators is the same as for LFs, and is set out in Appendix 3, the LF Competency Transcript. Through 2012, all LFs and MLFs will also function as Evaluators without additional training.
The Sport Development Manager will be responsible for recruiting and approving Evaluators. Evaluators will be sought with the following skill sets:
- Good understanding and background in the full spectrum of snowboarding skill development.
- Good understanding of the growth and development principles related to the age groups and LTAD for each context.
- Good understanding of the appropriate skill training for any context in which they may be trained.
- Demonstrable skills in the core competencies of valuing, leading, interacting, problem-solving and critical thinking.
Evaluators must attend any required training sessions and successfully complete the Evaluator training assignments. Evaluators will be required to be Certified (or, in the transition period through 2012, Trained) at the context stage for which they will serve as an Evaluator.
Applications for Evaluator training and designation shall be made to the Sport Development Manager. Applicants will be selected for Evaluator training in consultation with the appropriate P/TSA.
Recruitment, Retention, Education, and Renewal
The CSCP will develop and maintain an appropriate number of Learning Facilitators, Master Learning Facilitators, and Evaluators (collectively called “LFs” for the purposes of this section). This number may vary over time, but will be sufficient to address program delivery requirements and regional needs, without putting an undue burden on any individual. For the period through 2012, the goal is a total of 20 individuals.
Potential LFs may include the following:
- Course Conductors under the old NCCP paradigm;
- CASI Course Conductors
- Retired High Performance Program athletes.
- LFs active in other sports of NCCP multi-sport certification activities.
- Participants in conferences, courses, and other professional development activities.
- Coaches with successful programs.
Status as a LF will be granted for a term of three years. This status will be automatically reviewed for a further three year term provided that the LF has conducted at least two learning or evaluation activities, has participated in at least one professional development activity, and not received an unsatisfactory LF evaluation (see Appendix 3) during the three year term.
LFs who have been inactive for three years must apply to the Sport Development Manager for re-instatement. A final decision on re-instatement will be made by the Coaching Experts Committee, based on the recommendation of the Sport Development Manager. Considerations will include level of ongoing activity in the sport, professional development activities undertaken, and the nature of previous LF assessments.
The CSCP will provide LFs with opportunities to conduct clinics, professional development opportunities, and regular communication with respect to both process and content.
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