Coaching Certifications

Important Information:

Competition Introduction (CI) and Community Sport Initiation (CSI) are not interchangeable.  If you are a coach that has taken CI, but are coaching at a level that requires CSI, you must complete the appropriate certifications, including the appropriate MED courses.


U12A coaches and up will now be in the Competition Introduction (CI) stream. Head and assistant coaches at these levels must be CI - Trained and complete the MED - Competition Introduction. This is a big transition for coaches and associations, so Ringette Alberta has granted the following “grandfathered” exemptions:

  • Those who coached U14B, U16B, and U19B in the 2014-2015 season will be grandfathered with their CSI training &  MED-CSI for a 5 year PD cycle (expiring Jan. 2019)
  • New coaches, coaches moving up from U12B and below, or coaches who have had their certification expire will be required to complete the CI training this season.


U12B, C, U10 and Active Start Programs are still in the Community Sport (CSI) stream. Coaches at these levels must complete the CSI training and MED-Community Sport.

All coaches must be Making Ethical Decisions (MED) certified by December 15 of the current playing season. You will not be eligible to coach at Provincials if you are not MED certified.  There will be no exceptions.

All teams require a minimum of one fully qualified female coach.  A female manager, trainer, junior coach or coach in training (CIT) on the bench does not meet this criteria.

It is the responsibility of every coach and their respective associations to ensure that the coaching requirements are met for each team.

Ringette Canada has released an announcement that at their events, Canadian Ringette Championships and the World Ringette Championships, managers will no longer be allowed on the bench as a member of the Team Staff, only certified coaches and trainers. Ringette Alberta has adopted this policy at our local levels and managers will no longer be permitted on the bench. Team managers are still invited to fulfil their organizational and support duties behind the scenes.



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