External Sport Credit

The External Sport Credentials Program gives students the opportunity to earn graduation credits for approved levels of competition as an athlete, coach and/or official.

Students can obtain External Sport Credits in these categories:

  • Athlete (Grade 10, 11, 12)
  • Official (Grade 10, 11, 12)
  • Coach (Grade 11, 12)

The BC Ministry of Education is responsible for the External Credentials program and the Sport Credits Portion of this program is administered and monitored by the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.


  • Students are not required to be in a specific school grade to receive credit. For example, a Grade 10 student who is competing on a provincial team going to a National Championship will receive credit for ‘Athlete 12’. Likewise, a Grade 11 student who competed in the BC Games while he/she was in grade 7 will receive credit for ‘Athlete 10’.
  • Students who have participated in approved programs before they reach Grade 10 can receive credit for their past participation by obtaining written documentation to verify their participation.
  • Once a student has received credit for a particular level within the athlete, official or coach categories, he or she cannot receive additional credits for duplicate participation.

Athlete 11 (4 credits)

  • Athletes must have been selected to a T2T provincial team competing at an inter-provincial championship.
  • Athletes who receive funding through the BC Athlete Assistance Program are also eligible.

Athlete 12 (4 credits)

  • Athletes must have been selected to a T2C provincial team competing at a national championship.
  • Athletes who are a member of a junior or senior national team program that competes at an international event, or receives funding through Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program, are also eligible.

How do I obtain athlete credits?

Field Hockey BC provides a letter of confirmation for athletes involved in the Regional and Provincial programs, typically in September or early fall.
When? After the completion of the Provincial Program.
Once athletes receive their letter, it should be presented to the high school counselor in order to add the credits to one’s transcript.  (The BC Government provides documentation for athletes who have competed in the Canada Summer Games or Western Canada Summer Games.  Participation in the BC Summer Games for field hockey does not qualify you for External Sport Credits, because the training phase does not meet requirements of the program.)

Official 10 (2 credits)

  • Provincial B certified umpire
  • minimum 20 hours of officiating

Official 11 (4 credits)

  • Provincial A certified umpire
  • minimum 50 hours of officiating

How do I obtain Official credits?

Field Hockey BC will provide a letter of confirmation to present to your school counselor.  You are responsible for providing documentation to FHBC which provides the number of hours you officiated (e.g. a letter from the league you officiate in, stating how many games you umpired).

Coach 11 (2 credits)

  • NCCP Community Sport Initiation
  • NCCP Making Ethical Decisions – “Evaluated”
  • minimum 30 hours coaching experience monitored and reviewed by an Introduction to Competition “trained” coach or NCCP Level 2 “certified” coach

Coach 12 (4 credits)

  • currently under review

How do I obtain Coach credits?

Student coaches who have completed all requirements of a coach category must send their proof of completion to the Sport and Recreation Branch:

Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
Sport Branch
Attn: Milena Gaiga
PO Box 9820 Stn Provincial Government
Victoria, BC, V8W 9W3

The Sport and Recreation Branch representative review submitted documentation for the particular coach level and issue a verification letter if the student has fulfilled all the requirements.  (For more information on obtaining external coach credits please contact Milena Gaiga at milena.gaiga@gov.bc.ca or 250-356-5183.)

For more information on the External Sport Credentials program, download the Ministry of Education’s PDF “Course Information for GraduationLink is broken, see below  and scroll down to page 103.

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