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Becoming a Certified Coach
 
Becoming a Certified Coach


Benefits of Certification

Obtaining a certificate is an important life-time achievement. As a certified Equine Canada Coach or Instructor, your clients and students will know that you have achieved the highest standards in Canada for equestrian coaching, and adhere to best-practices in coaching.

You will also be able to take advantage of substantial savings on insurance policies. Some municipalities may require certification for you to practice at certain facilities, depending on local by-laws. The equestrian association in your province or territory, or your local town hall would be the best source of bylaw information which may affect you.

Why Be Certified?

Getting Certified

The basic steps to getting certified are:

1. Determine which program you are interested in.
2. Contact the coaching department administering it.
3. Open a coaching file.
4. Train and prepare.
5. Schedule your evaluation.


1. Identify the program you are best suited for. Research the different certification contexts and pre-requisites to see which one most describes the type of client you work with, and your own readiness for evaluation in that context. For example, a main factor may be whether your clients are competitive (coaching certifications) or not (Instructor certification). For more information, see the About Coaching page, identify the coaching certificate that corresponds with your main clientele using the Participant and Coach Comparison Guide, or click the links below for outlines of program pre-requisites.

Basic Pre-requisite for all coaching programs:

A. Current First Aid certificate
B. Police reference check
C. Making Ethical Decisions in the Equestrian Environment (online exam)
D. Signed Equine Canada Code of Ethics & Coaching Code of Conduct
E. Equine Canada sport license
Instructor certification: Silver sport license
Coach certification: Gold sport license

Additional Pre-requisites:

Instructors of Beginners Competition Coach
Western Rider 4, or Western Intermediate Rider or
English Rider 6, or English Rider 8, or
Pony Club C2, or Pony Club B
Saddle Seat Rider 2, or Complete Saddle Seat Rider Program
Complete Learn to Drive Program


Competition Specialist Coach High Performance Coach
English Discipline Prerequisites All Prerequisites

2. Contact Equine Canada or your provincial association.

The first step is to contact the organization that administers the part of the coaching program you are interested in. You do need to formally apply, but before you do so, you should declare your interest and get your name on waiting lists for courses and evaluations. Sometimes courses and evaluations are scheduled in advance, and sometimes they are scheduled when there are sufficient numbers of participants. The High Performance coaching program is administered by Equine Canada, and the other certificate programs for both Instruction and Competition Coaching are administered by the provincial equestrian associations.

To start the certification process, contact either Equine Canada or your provincial equestrian association depending on the certification you are interested in. If you are not certain about which certification is right for you, the coaching departments at Equine Canada and the provincial associations are happy to assist you. You can also consult the pre-requisite information on this website, or those of the provincial equestrian associations.

Provincial Equestrian Associations:

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick

Newfoundland Nova Scotia Ontario PEI

Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon


3. Open a coaching file with the organization that administers the certification you are working towards.

As you submit the proofs of your pre-requisites, the information will be stored in your file. You do not have to have your pre-requisites in place to take training available. Training courses and clinics are available to any interested participant. The person administering your file will also send you additional application forms as there is an application fee and formal application process in some certificates.

4. Prepare with the right information. It is strongly recommended that you attend training and book some sessions with a qualified Mentor who can help you prepare for the coaching evaluation requirements.

Training modules available in the Equine Canada Coaching Program
You do not have to wait for the training course date to benefit from the training available. You can order the Coach references and workbooks through the Equine Canada e-store, or your provincial equestrian associations.

The Equine Canada Training and Evaluation Pathways list the training modules recommended for each certification.

Instructors of Beginners
Competition Coach English / Competition Coach Western
Coach Specialist
High Performance Coach


Training: The training is run by either Equine Canada or provincial equestrian associations depending on the module. You can consult their websites (or click here) for upcoming events, and also keep your name on a waiting list. Let your administrator know you are interested in attending training. There are several training modules available.

Training modules available in the Equine Canada Coaching Program
You do not have to wait for the training course date to benefit from the training available. You can order the Coach references and workbooks through the Equine Canada e-store, or your provincial equestrian associations.

Training Modules VERY strongly recommended prior to Evaluation:

How to Write Lesson Plans:
Planning an Equestrian Lesson (part of Basic Equestrian Theory series)

How to Write Seasonal and Yearly Training Plans:
Design an Equestrian Sports Program
Advanced Performance Planning (recommended for High Performance candidates who have already completed Design an Equestrian Sports Program)

You can also contact your administrator for a name of a Learning Facilitator in the NCCP program who you could hire to mentor or tutor you on writing your lesson and training plans.

Mentoring: Your administrator will also be able to give you names of trained Mentors in your area who would be able to assess your teaching or coaching style and help you prepare for evaluation. You can continue to be coached by your own coach, however, only coaches that have taken training to familiarize themselves with the evaluations in the new program or who have been evaluated in it are in a position to provide information and feedback that is accurate regarding the expectations you face in the new evaluations.

5. Apply for evaluation. Once all your pre-requisites are obtained, and your application has been received by your administrator, they will set up your evaluation by trained and certified Evaluators. They will also send you candidate information packages to help you prepare. The basic evaluation process for each certification type is listed here. You can obtain more detail in the Training and Evaluation Pathways (above).

Instructor: Administered by provincial equestrian associations. Single evaluation day with one evaluator. You are evaluated on your written lesson plans and teaching skills giving lessons. Typically, demo horses and ‘student’ riders are provided by the evaluation organizer.

Instructor of Beginners Evaluation Rubrics:
English
EC Additional Jump Instruction Module rubrics
Western
Saddle Seat
Drive and Endurance Coming Soon!

Competition Coach: Administered by provincial equestrian associations. Single evaluation day with two evaluators. You are evaluated on your written lesson and training plans, and coaching skills giving lessons. Typically, demo horses and ‘students’ are provided by the evaluation organizer.

Competition Coach Evaluation Rubrics:
English 

Western


 
Competition Specialist Coach: Administered by provincial equestrian associations. Three evaluation steps are conducted in order. As you complete each phase, you can proceed to the next one. Prior to each phase your administrator will send you the information you need to prepare. The steps are: initial evaluation of your submitted lesson plans and seasonal training plan; a single evaluation day with two evaluators where you are evaluated on coaching skills while giving lessons; a final phase where your coaching is evaluated at a competition. Candidates in this context can provide their own horses. Candidates are encouraged to consider inviting the administrator to organize the evaluation at your facility, in exchange for sharing the evaluation with other competition and competition specialist candidates to reduce cost.
Competition Coach Specialist Evaluation Rubrics:
English
Western coming soon!

Competition Coach Specialist Application Packages:
English disciplines (Jump, Eventing, Dressage)
Western disciplines (Reining, General Performance, Speed Events) coming soon!


High Performance Coach: Administered by Equine Canada. Three evaluation steps are conducted in order. As you complete each phase, you can proceed to the next one. Prior to each phase your administrator will send you the information you need to prepare. The steps are: initial evaluation of your submitted lesson plans and yearly training plan; a single evaluation day with two evaluators where you are evaluated on coaching skills while giving lessons; a final phase where your coaching is evaluated at a competition. Candidates in this context can provide their own horses. Candidates are encouraged to consider inviting the administrator to organize the evaluation at your facility, in exchange for sharing the evaluation with other competition specialist candidates to reduce cost.

High Performance Coach Application Packages
Jump
Reining
Dressage
Eventing


Only certificate evaluations which are authorized by Equine Canada, qualify you to obtain Equine Canada certification. When you successfully complete evaluations, the results are sent in to Equine Canada. If you have also completed all of your pre-requisites, EC will authorize certification and update the EC database and advise the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) so that they can update your professional coaching transcript in their national database.

Your certificate will be mailed to you within a few weeks of your certification confirmation by Equine Canada. If you were evaluated in a program administered by a provincial equestrian association, the association administrator will forward all required paperwork from your evaluation results to Equine Canada for certification.