How can I become a Special Olympics volunteer?
You must be 14 years of age or older to be a volunteer with Special Olympics. Most recurring volunteer roles will require an interview, references, a police reference check and training. The first step is to choose what type of volunteer role you are interested in.
Your application form will be forwarded to a community registrar or your program of interest. A member of Special Olympics will then contact you about your application. Based on your interests and availability we’ll connect you with an opportunity near you!
How does Special Olympics train volunteers?
All volunteers will receive both formal and informal training while getting registered, including a volunteer orientation. The type of volunteer role will determine the depth of training required. For example, coaches are required to take at least one of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) courses. Please visit our Coaching roles page for more information.
What is the first step for new volunteers?
In order to make sure that both our athletes and volunteers get the most out of our programs, Special Olympics Canada has developed an online volunteer orientation to provide information to new volunteers on what we do, who we serve and what they need to know to get started. All volunteers and coaches must complete the online volunteer orientation by Special Olympics Canada.
Please visit the online orientation.
- Regular close contact with athletes
- A position of authority/trust or supervisory capacity with athletes
- Handling substantial amounts of cash or other assets of the Program
If not, you can complete the abbreviated onboarding process which will not require you to have a police information check, NCCP training for coaches and completion of an annual disclosure form. A Special Olympics Alberta representative will walk you through this process.
How can I apply to become a coach?
How does Special Olympics train its coaches?
FIND A COACHING WORKSHOP
- Alpine Skiing
- Athletics (Track and Field)
- 5-Pin Bowling
- 10-Pin Bowling
- Cross Country Skiing
- Figure Skating
- Floor Hockey
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Speed Skating
For more details on sport specific coaching course, please check our Sport Specific Coaching Courses.
How do Special Olympics coaches become certified?
NATIONAL COACHING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
How will the new program help me to become a better coach?
- plan safe and effective practices;
- make ethical decisions;
- design a basic sport program;
- analyze performance;
- provide support to athletes in training;
- support the competitive experience;
- manage a program.
How do I know where I fit into the NCCP?
The type of training you will access will depend on the type of program/athlete you are coaching, or intend to coach. The NCCP structure is based on athletes’ needs, which are identified within streams and contexts.
- Community Sport Stream
Contexts: Initiation and Ongoing Participation
- Competition Sport Stream
Contexts: Introduction, Development, and High Performance
I have heard the words “trained” and “certified” used. What is the difference?
How will my training and/or certifications be recorded?
How do I achieve certification?
- program design;
- practice planning;
- performance analysis;
- program management;
- ethical coaching;
- support to athletes during training;
- and support to athletes in competition.