Background / History

The Physical Literacy Instructor Program (PLIP) has been developed by the Sport for Life Society, Coaching Association of Canada, and HIGH FIVE® to support recreation leaders, coaches and other front line professionals. The aim of the program is to improve physically literacy throughout recreation. Physical literacy gives children the tools they need to take part in physical activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success. Research shows that without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport and turn to more inactive and/or unhealthy choices during their leisure time.


The PLIP program has four training modules. The four modules combine text-based information, video, interactive elements and in-person workshops for the learner to acquire the knowledge and understanding to develop physical literacy.

The four modules include:

  • Module 1 Introduction to Physical Literacy (online)
  • Module 2 HIGH FIVE® Principals of Healthy Child Development (in-person workshop) or HIGH FIVE® Sport (in-person workshop)
  • Module 3 NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (in-person workshop)
  • Module 4 Quality Physical Literacy Experiences and Program Evaluation (in-person workshop).

Participants who have successfully completed all 4 modules will be able to integrate concepts from each of the four courses to create a physical literacy enriched environment for program participants. Upon completion of Module 4, the Quality Physical Literacy Experiences workshop, participants will be provided with an activation key to take the final summative assessment to complete the Physical Literacy Instructor Program. Participants must provide proof of completion for the first three training modules when registering for Module 4, the Sport for Life Quality Physical Literacy Experiences training.

Pilot Project 2018 (now ended)

The Province of Nova Scotia has partnered with Recreation Nova Scotia to deliver a pilot project in the 2018 calendar year: The Physical Literacy Instructor Program (PLIP) pilot project.

The target audience this program is intended to reach is recreation management and staff working to design, develop and deliver physical activity and quality sport programs, and sport coaches and instructors who design, develop and deliver sport programs for children.

Facilitators throughout the province have been trained in advance of the project start date with the intention of co-facilitating workshops throughout the province. Many of the pilot sites have been chosen in advance and pilot sites include but are not limited to: Canada Games Centre, Nova Scotia Community College Truro, Millbrook First Nations Community, and Halifax United Soccer Club.

The long-term goal of this project is to assess how the training is being received, and if there is a need for this type of training throughout the sector in Nova Scotia with a structured evaluation. The overall goal of this project is to deliver feedback to Recreation Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia for the need of this program, and overall reception across the sector. 

Become a Physical Literacy Instructor / Take part in the pilot project

The PLIP Pilot Project has now ended. If you or your organization have an  interest in learning more about the Physical Literacy Instructor credential, please email at .