Online Training


Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know

As of the 2020-2021 season all coaches must complete Special Olympics International's e-course "Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know". 

1. Go to: 
2. Click "Register"
3. Select "Health" as learning area
4. Select "SO - North America" as Region
4. Select "Canada" as Program (Country/State)
5. Select "Other" as Area of Focus
6. Select "Other" as Role
7. Write "Special Olympics Volunteer" as Role-Other
8. New User Registration should appear. Follow directions by going to your email and click the provided link. 
9. Create your password and choose your image
10. Click "SO Learning Portal"
11. Select "Catalogue" on the top menu
12. Find Course "Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know" - click "play"
13. Click "Access" (top right hand corner)
14. Click the arrow (play)
15. Click Start Course
16. Follow directions to complete course
17. After completion of your course; click "Training History"
18. Find Course "Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know" and click "certificate" 
19. Follow the directions of your community club as to printing/emailing certificate and where to send it.


Volunteer Orientation

Special Olympics NL asks for all volunteers to complete Special Olympics Canada's Volunteer Orientation.

This online training is divided into four modules to help orient you as a volunteer for Special Olympics Canada.

Each module is designed to provide you with different information relating to the history and mission of Special Olympics, your role as a volunteer, risk management and safety considerations and an introduction to working with our athletes.

1. Go to: 
2. Register or Sign In
3. Go to "All Courses"
4. Select "Canada"
5. Select "Volunteer Training"
6. Select "Volunteer Orientation" 
7. Complete course. 
8. Click SOC Volunteer Orientation Certificate
9. Click red button "Get your certificate"
10. Follow the directions of your community club as to printing/emailing certificate and where to send it.


Athlete Leadership Facilitator Training

Special Olympics NL asks that all Athlete Leadership Facilitators complete Special Olympics Canada's Core Training module for Facilitators.  As the Athlete Leadership program continues to grow in Canada there is a need to ensure that delivery of the content and workshops is of high quality and consistent across the country.  

The module is designed to help facilitator candidates develop the required skills to successfully facilitate courses in Special Olympics Canada's Athlete Leadership Program.

Once this module is complete, learning facilitators will be able to:

  • Describe the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Program in Canada
  • List the key steps in preparing to facilitate an Athlete Leadership course
  • Explain the characteristics and skills of an effective facilitator
  • Describe approaches for managing challenging scenarios in the classroom

This module take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete and is delivered as an online course.

If this is your first time signing in to the Volunteer Orientation Platform please follow instruction above under Volunteer Orientation above.

Link: (under ‘All Courses’ Tab, click Canada and then select Volunteer Training)

Leaning Facilitator Pathway


Completion of Core Training for Athlete Leadership Learning Facilitators (online)


Participate in course content training or a train-the-trainer (for specific course)


If possible, co-facilitate specific Athlete Leadership course to athletes


Independently, facilitate specific Athlete Leadership course to athletes


Coaching Association of Canada has a wealth of information on the website.  

Individuals can sign up for "The Locker" (top right hand corner) to access further e-courses.  

1. Login (or create a log-in)
2. Click "e-learning"
3. Click the drop-down menu to choose "Special Olympics"
4. There are 4 courses to take at your leisure 

Safe Sport

Safe, inclusive sport environments help make sport rewarding and enriching for all. By completing Safe Sport Training you will gain the knowledge and skills to create healthy and safe environments by recognizing, addressing and preventing maltreatment in sport.

This NCCP Multi-Sport course in Mandatory for ALL Special Olympics NL Volunteers, Staff, Board Members etc.