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.

Step 1:  Open an Instructor/Coach File

The first step to becoming certified is to open an instructor/coach file with the SHF, as well as submitting the required prerequisites.  Individuals who have completed rider level testing within Saskatchewan may have their rider file transitioned into an instructor/coach file.  The chart below will outline the requirements that must be completed and met to fully complete your instructor/coach file prior to attending the evaluation.

 

 

Instructor (IOB)

Minimum 16 years of age

Competition Coach (CC)

Minimum 18 years of age

Competition Coach Specialist (CSS)

Minimum 20 years of age

Items required:

English Instructor Checklist
Western Instructor Checklist
Driving Instructor Checklist
Saddle Seat Instructor Checklist
English CC Checklist
Western CC Checklist
English CCS Checklist
Western CCS Checklist
Instructor/Coach File Declaration of Interest
SHF Membership
Standard First Aid Level C CPR
(Red Cross or St. Johns Ambulance recommended)
Background Check
(Can be completed online through My Back Check)
Signed EC Code of Ethics
Signed EC Code of Conduct
Signed SHF Privacy Form
Signed SHF Risk Waver 
 
Making Head Way In Sport Online Module
 
Making Ethical Decisions Online 
Respect in Sport Certificate
 
EC Sport License 
  Silver  Gold  Gold
Learn to Ride/Drive Levels

English Rider 6

or

Western Rider 4

or

Learn to Drive Program

or

Saddle Seat Riding Competency


English Rider 8

or

Western Rider 4 & Western Intermediate Rider Basic Training

Portfolio  (Training, coaching, and competitive experience with yearly training plan)
   

 English CCS Candidate Application

or

 Western CCS Candidate Application


Step 2:  Training & Mentoring

Once you have been given the go ahead to move on to the evaluation you must complete the following assignments.  Although mentoring is not required, it is highly recommended that instructor/coach candidates spend time working with an already certified EC instructor/coach familiar with the programming. These individuals should be able to work with you through the rubrics provided below to help you prepare for your evaluation. Lesson plan and Emergency Action plan templates are also provided below, as a tool for candidates.

 

 

Instructor (IOB)

Competition Coach (CC)

Competition Coach Specialist (CCS)

English

Rubrics

Jump Component Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Mounted Lesson Plan Template

Unmounted Lesson Plan Template

Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Lesson Plan Template

Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Lesson Plan Template

Western

Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Mounted Lesson Plan Template

Unmounted Lesson Plan Template

Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Lesson Plan Template

 

Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Lesson Plan Template

Driving

Rubrics

Lesson Topics

Lesson Plan Template

   

All Disciplines

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Rubrics 

EAP Template

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Rubrics

EAP Template

Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Rubrics 

EAP Template

 


There are NCCP training courses available for instructor/coach candidates that provide training when working towards EC instructor/coach certification.  These courses are not required, but highly recommended for attendance prior to evaluation.  The following courses are available for training purposes (please inquire with the SHF Technical Director at [email protected] for further details and other course offerings):

 

Training Course

Course Description

NCCP Equestrian Theory Workshop

Covers the following modules: Equestrian Teaching and Learning, Plan an Equestrian Lesson, Making Ethical Decisions, and Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance.

NCCP Competition Coach Workshop

Covers the following modules: Design an Equestrian Sport Program, Manage an Equestrian Sport Program, Training Basic Mental Skills.

NCCP Competition Coach Specialist Discipline Clinics

Dressage, Jump, Eventing, Speed, General Performance, Reining.

Analyzing Performance Clinics

English (contains AP for Jump, Dressage, and Eventing) and Western (contains AP for GP, Reining, Speed).


Step 3: Evaluations

Once a candidate has completed Step 1 and considered Step 2, they may proceed onto Step 3. The evaluation process provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your competency based on NCCP standards. 

If you are interested in being evaluated please contact the SHF Technical Director at 306-780-9490, or [email protected]