In the early 1990s Orienteering USA designed a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) to stimulate and guide coaching activity in orienteering, using a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Orienteering USA needs to develop a pool of interested and qualified coaches who can introduce the sport to novices and juniors, as well as produce athletes who can move forward into the international arena as elite orienteers.

The Orienteering USA Navigation Certification Program was designed and implemented for the express purpose of involving Orienteering USA-Certified Coaches by getting them to see the results of coaching those orienteers trying to improve their skills. The initial program is designed with Juniors in mind. It can provide goals toward personal development, offering different certification levels depending on orienteering speed and course difficulty.