Volunteer Certifications


First, thank you for volunteering with Bedford & District Minor Hockey Association. 

Before you dive into the below content, please take a few minutes to create an eHockey account. Your eHockey account will act as the home base for all your certification needs. It will allow you to register for clinics, apply for permits, and show your current certifications and expiry/renewal dates.

  • NEW - The new HCR 3.0 (Spordle) that you have created for player registration will also act as your eHockey account for coach certifications. Meaning, eHockey has been retired. 
  • To create an  account, click HERE
    • Remember, you need to add the participant/member to the account in order to register for clinics

All coaches/managers/safety reps require a specific set of certifications in order to assist with team activity. Below is a detailed breakdown of what each individual must obtain in order to be certified by Hockey Nova Scotia. We reccommend that once you have been assigned to a team for the 2022-23 season to begin acquiring your certifications immediately.  Should an individual not obtain all certifications by the deadline, they will be considered ineligible from hockey activity until certifications have been completed. Failure to comply to this can result in suspensions of not only the individual, but the team head coach. 

Hockey Nova Scotia tracks all certifications and has staff in place to ensure that all documents submitted to them are applied to the appropriate individual’s account within the Hocey Canada Registry (HCR). Individuals must place the originals in the BDMHA mailbox at the HRM 4-Pad Attn: Certifications Coordinator or send the results directly to Hockey Nova Scotia. Please remember to make yourself a copy.

Furthermore, coaches and trainers must have the required coaching and safety training certifications. These records are carefully checked by Hockey Nova Scotia. If you are a new coach, trainer, or manager, please make sure you are registered with a team before you send in your record check results to Hockey Nova Scotia or request approval to take a certification clinic. This can be done through our administrator Matt Oxford (m.oxford@bedfordblues.com) or Certifications Coordinator, certifications@bedfordblues.com

If you have any questions about certification requirements, please contact Certifications Coordinator, certifications@bedfordblues.com. Individuals should not contact Hockey Nova Scotia directly. We liaise with the Certifications and Risk Management staff on your behalf. 


  • Coach (Head Coach or Assistant Coach) - Coach means a head coach or assistant coach and is defined as someone who is both on the bench during games and on the ice during practices. 
  • Trainer - A trainer is a person who is on the bench during the games to attend to any injuries. A trainer is on the bench or in the rink during practices as well – but does not go on the ice to help with practices. Must be HU-Online Safety certified. 
  • Manager - A manager is someone who volunteers to help out a team with booking ice time, submitting tournament applications, making travel plans, coordinating team budgets and fundraising events, and other administrative tasks. This person does not go on the bench during games and does not go on the ice during practices.
  • Team Safety Rep - A Team Safety Rep is someone that meets with participants, parents/caregivers, coaches, and managers before the season begins to walk through the Rebound Plan and the COVID-19 guidelines of their local facilities. They will also ensure that the COVID-19 participant self-screening is conducted for each participant before each training (on and off-ice) session. They will also complete and store the screening registry.

For the Hockey Nova Scotia certification breakdown, click HERE 

Coach Clinic Schedule, click HERE

Coach limits by level

  • U7: 15 Coaches(1 gead + 14 assistants) + 1 Manager + 1 Team Safety Rep
  • U9: 7 coaches (1 head + 6 assistant) + 1 manager + 1 Team Safety Rep
  • U11/U13/U15/U18/U23 (Recreation): 4 coaches + 1 manager + 1 Team Safety Rep
  • U11/U13/U15/U18 (Competitive): 4 coaches + 1 manager + 1 Team Safety Rep
  • Teams will be charged the certifications costs for Coaches/Manager/Safety reps above these limits.


  • All Trainers must be HU-Safety certified.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to take a coaching course with Hockey Nova Scotia.

  • Individuals who are 16 or 17 years of age and wishing to volunteer must complete the required certifications except for the Criminal Records Check (CRC) with the included Vulnerable Section Check (VSC)

  • Anyone under the age of 16 wishing to volunteer must be on a hockey team registered with Hockey Nova Scotia. These individuals must wear full gear and complete the Respect in Sport Program. All other requirements are waived for these individuals.

  • Coaches must register for the clinic appropriate to the division in which they are coaching

    • This means if you are assigned to U7, you must take Intro Level Coach and cannot take NCCP Development 1
  • The HU-Online Safety certification must be renewed every three years

  • Regardless if you are a medically trained professional, you must take the HU-Online Safety course. It deals with rink safety, hockey equipment fitting, and various other non-first aid topics that are specific to hockey.

  • It is recommended that all teams at the "AAA", "AA", and "A" levels have at least one Coach or Trainer with the Hockey Canada Safety Program Level II certification. Hockey Canada Safety Program Level II is available to individuals who hold a valid First Aid certificate and CPR Level "C" from a recognized agency. Hockey Canada Safety Program Level II certification is granted once an individual provides proof of qualification. There is no clinic training required for this certification. This certification is renewed every five years for those that are eligible. Individuals interested in obtaining this certification may do so by providing proof of the required qualifications to Hockey Nova Scotia.

  • Coaches who require the Coach Development 1 clinic but already hold the NCCP Coach or NCCP Intermediate certification are not required to take the new Coach Development 1 clinic. The NCCP Coach or NCCP Intermediate certification is sufficient to meet the requirement.

  • Individuals who require the Respect in Sport Program but already hold the SpeakOut certification are not required to take the new Respect in Sport Program. The SpeakOut certification is sufficient to meet the requirement.

  • Criminal Record Checks "CRC(VSC)” must be completed every three years. If you are not working with children under 18 the check does not have to be completed, all Coaches, Trainers, and Managers must complete this check. 

  • Hockey Canada Planning a Safe Return to Hockey E-Learning Module - It is a newly created online learning module that takes under 30 mins to complete to ensure all volunteers are aware of the COVID-19 screening process. 


  • The Respect in Sport Program is offered online through the Hockey Nova Scotia website (click HERE) - As a volunteer in BDMHA and once assigned to a team roaster, BDMHA will send a pre-paid code.


  • Registration for all courses is now done online using your eHockey account. Complete information regarding the registration process and course schedules can be found HERE. Hockey Nova Scotia will invoice BDMHA for all courses. BDMHA will pay only invoices for courses that were required to be taken and charge individuals who are not assigned to teams for courses taken. Consequently, it is important that you register and take courses that are required. Extra Costs paid by BDMHA for clinics taken by staff of competitive teams (AAA, AA, A, B, and C) will be invoiced to the teams. Individuals are encouraged to sign up for their desired clinics as soon as possible as clinics fill up quickly.

  • It is very important that individuals commit fully to the courses in which they are registered. The association pays for clinic registrations whether or not the individual participates. Should an individual not participate in a course in which he/she is registered, the costs will be charged to the individual, not the team.

  • All certification courses are scheduled and administered by Hockey Nova Scotia. Hockey Nova Scotia books the facilities, obtains the necessary resources, assigns the Course Facilitator and administers the registration process. 

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK / Vulnerable Sector Check

  • The process for obtaining the CRC(VSC)is as follows:

    • Individuals requesting the CRC will require a link to the MyBackCheck account. This can be obtained by request to certifications@bedfordblues.com 

    • You must request that a “vulnerable sector check” be completed and fill in all related sections on the Criminal Record Check form. Failure to do so will void the form, you may have to pay again to obtain another Criminal Records Check, and you may be suspended until Hockey Nova Scotia receives this information. 

    • You must print off the completed results ensuring all three areas are a pass (green check box) and place a copy in the BDMHA mail box located at the BMO center next to the front desk. 

  • It is the responsibility of the individual to notify Hockey Nova Scotia of any change in their Criminal Record Check

  • Any volunteer who does not have his/her Criminal Record Check completed and received by Hockey Nova Scotia by December 1st of the current hockey season will be suspended immediately

  • BDMHA requires coaches to have this completed by November 15th (not December 1st)

For more information regarding volunteer certifications, please contact our Certifications Coordinator, certifications@bedfordblues.com, or Matt Oxford, m.oxford@bedfordblues.com