What Does it Mean to be Certified?

Certification as an Instructor or Coach signals:

  • Professionalism and accountability adhering to established standards of ethics and the Equine Canada Code of Conduct
  • Skilled in first aid and safety procedures
  • Equestrian knowledge and technical competency
  • Commitment, having completed the rigorous testing process, and to continue to maintain skills through ongoing training and education

Different Types of Certification

In 2010, Equine Canada established new credentials and titles for coaches and instructors to fall in line with the new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).

All coaches certified before then were labeled as Coach 1, 2, 3 or 4.  The Coach 1 requirements were similar to those of the current Competition Coach, Coach 2 to Competition Coach Specialist and 3 similar to High Performance (HP) 1.  These coaches retain the certificate they earned and maintain active status and familiarity with the new standards and rider/driver development programs through professional development offered by the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF), Equine Canada (EC) and CAC.

Instructor of Beginner

This program is focused on those who wish to take on the instruction of children and adults learning to ride, establishing foundational riding skills with an eye on safety.

Competition Coach

This program is focused on those who are interested in coaching riders in the competitive environment.  More advanced skills in the development of a competitive training program, performance analysis and mental preparation for competition are required to become certified at this level.

Competition Specialist Coach

This program is a further progression of the Competition Coach program, focused on riders competing at the Provincial and National levels.  Beyond the Competition Coach Level, this level requires a working knowledge of the Equine Canada competition rules for the level and discipline they’re teaching.

High Performance Coach

This program is administered by Equine Canada.