In order to have the necessary credibility with employers and advanced clients, ACP Teaching Pros must have appropriate Competitive Credentials. These Competitive Credentials can be demonstrated through any of the following Pathways:
|Candidate has played or coached in at least one of the following Tier 1 Events:
Note: This Pathway is available to international curlers, provided that they are currently living in Canada.
|Candidate has played or coached in at least one of the following Tier 2 Events, plus at least 10 CTRS/CMDR Bonspiels*:
Note: Those who have not competed 10+ CTRS/CMDR Bonspiels would still qualify under the Coaching or Mentorship Pathways.
|Candidate has coached in at least one of the following Tier 3 Events, and has completed Coaching Certificate 1 (Competition) offered by Curling Canada’s National Training and Development Centre (NTDC).
Note: This Pathway is also available to any coach who is Competition-Development Certified, has completed the Advanced Coaching Diploma, or is a Chartered Professional Coach (Curling).
|Candidate has played in at least one of the following Tier 3 Events, has completed the NTDC Coaching Certificate 1 (Competition), and has completed the ACP’s Teaching Mentorship Program.
Note: This Pathway is also available to any ACP member who has completed at least 100 hours of Novice/Intermediate Instruction as an Associate and/or Club Pro over 2+ seasons.
* The ACP Founders Group will consider relevant equivalencies on a case-by-case basis.
Online Courses (October – March)
Club Programming 2
This course builds on Club Programming 1 by examining how clubs can serve curlers across Curling Canada’s LTCD Model. Registrants will then learn about the specific programming guidelines for youth and adult curlers on the Competitive Pathway. Instructor: Rob Krepps.
Technical Development 2
This course builds on Technical Development 1 by focusing on the key technical skills for intermediate to advanced curlers. Registrants will learn about key delivery outcomes like line, weight, and rotation, and key sweeping outcomes like pressure, speed, and direction. Instructor: Rob Krepps.
Tactical Development 2
This course builds on Tactical Development 1 by focusing on the key tactical concepts for intermediate to advanced curlers. Registrants will learn about effective game plans and end plans, along with proven shot selection, shot planning, and shot management principles. Instructor: Rob Krepps.
Teaching Pedagogy 2
This course builds on Instructional Pedagogy 1 by focusing on principles associated with teaching intermediate to advanced curlers, both youth and adult. Registrants will learn how to best develop these curlers’ skills through the right mix of instruction, drills, and technology. Instructor: Rob Krepps.
This course focuses on the key aspects of running a successful curling pro-shop. Registrants will learn how to keep up on product innovations, maintain an appropriate inventory, price products strategically, and do effective customer fittings. Instructor: Bobby Ray.
Teaching Business Management
This course focuses on the key principles associated with operating a successful teaching business. Registrants will learn how to develop an effective marketing plan, get the most out of their teaching time, and maximize short and long-term profits. Instructor: Rob Krepps.
In-Person Training (April)
ACP Weekend 2
This in-person training weekend gives Teaching Pro candidates the opportunity to learn from a group of experienced Master Pros. Candidates will benefit from learning opportunities delivered both in the classroom and around the host club.
Online Evaluation (May)
Portfolio Project 2
This is the main evaluation leading to Teaching Pro Accreditation. It continues the documentation of takeaways and planned applications in relation to their Teaching Pro Courses and ACP Weekend 2B. They are then required to discuss their portfolio with a panel of three Master Pros.
ACP Rules Test
Because ACP Pros are considered to be experts by club members and guests, they must have a thorough understanding of the Rules of Curling. This test is based on the most recent edition of Curling Canada’s Rules of Curling for General Play.