Equestrian Canada's coaching program is developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada. Equestrian Canada is one of 67 sports participating in the NCCP, which represents coaching excellence in Canada. The EC coaching program is the only Canadian equestrian coaching and instructor certification program also recognized internationally (FEI, IGEQ), and by Coaches of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. 


The Equestrian Canada National Coaching Certification Program has the following objectives:

  • To offer an acceptable standard of developing coaching/instructing expertise.
  • To provide a structure whereby coaches/instructors can enter and progress as they improve their coaching/instructing expertise.
  • To ensure the integration of the Coaching Certification Program into an overall strategy of coaching education.
  • To improve the level of performance and competence of Canadian equestrian coaches/instructors and their students.


Why is Certification Important?

Whether you are a student looking for lessons or a current equestrian coach interested in obtaining credentials, there are many benefits to the EC Coaching Program.

The EC Coaching Program verifies that a coach:

  • Has been evaluated at a high level and meets NCCP standards for professionalism and competence as an equestrian coach or instructor.
  • Meets or exceeds current Safe Sport Standards
  • Maintains their certification, and is therefore dedicated to lifelong learning and advancement through regular professional development.
  • Has obtained relevant insurance to protect themselves and their students.


Coaching Partners

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Equestrian Canada is the dedicated national voice working to serve, promote and protect the interests of horses and Canada’s equestrian community.


Sask Sport is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that serves as the provincial federation for amateur sport and as the operator of Sask Lotteries.

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence.
Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches.

The Coaches Association of Saskatchewan (CAS) is a leader in coach development and recognition providing quality programs & services to Saskatchewan coaches at all levels. We are the voice for coaching in Saskatchewan and a dynamic organization whose efforts have a positive impact on the overall sport experience.