How to Become Certified


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The Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) maintains all instructor/coach files within the province for those individuals certified under the Equestrian Canada (EC) programs. Training opportunities, education, candidate prep, and evaluations are also run through the AEF. When considering becoming certified the following steps must be followed as outlined below.


Step 1: Open Instructor/Coach File 

The first step to becoming a certified instructor/coach is to open an instructor/coach file with the AEF, as well as submitting the required prerequisites. The below chart will outline the requirements that must be completed and met to fully complete your instructor/coach file prior to attending an evaluation.

 Item Required

Instructor (IOB)

Minimum 16 Years of Age

Competition Coach (CC)

Minimum 18 Years of Age

Competition Coach Specialist (CCS)

Minimum 20 Years of Age

 

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 checkmark

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AEF Membership checkmark checkmark checkmark

Standard First Aid Level C CPR

(Red Cross or St. Johns Ambulance recommended)

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Background Check

(NEW: Can now be completed online through: My Back Check )

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Signed EC Code of Ethics checkmark checkmark checkmark
Signed EC Code of Conduct checkmark checkmark checkmark
Signed AEF Privacy Document checkmark checkmark checkmark

Signed AEF Risk Waiver

(Provided on evaluation date)

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Signed Intent To Decline Training Letter

(only required if candidate has not attended an NCCP, CCS or HP Training Course, and does not intend to prior to evaluation date )

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Making Head Way In Sport Online Module checkmark checkmark checkmark
Making Ethical Decisions Online Module checkmark checkmark checkmark
EC Sport License checkmark Silver checkmark Gold

checkmark Gold

Learn to Ride/Drive Levels

checkmark English Rider 6

or

checkmark Western Rider 4

or

checkmark Learn to Drive Program

or

checkmark Saddle Seat riding competency

checkmark English Rider 8

or

checkmark Western Rider 4 & Western Intermediate Rider Basic Training

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Portfolio – Training, Coaching, Competitive Experience with Yearly Training Plan

(Please inquire for the Yearly Training Plan Workbook)

xicon  xicon checkmark English CCS Candidate Application and Registration Form

or

checkmark Western CCS Candidate Application and Registration Form

Note: All documents must be submitted by mail, email, or fax – or may be printed and dropped off in person at the AEF office. Pictures taken with camera, iphone, ect of documents will not be accepted.

Step 2: Training & Mentoring

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. They can be used for final submission or simply as a guideline to base a candidates own lesson plan off of.

Instructor (IOB)

Competition Coach (CC)

Competition Coach Specialist (CCS)

English

 

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Jump Component Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

Western

 

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

 

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

 

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

Driving

 

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

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Saddle Seat

 

checkmark Rubrics

checkmark Lesson Topics

checkmark Lesson Plan Template (PDF)

inquire for word document lesson template for working purposes

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Required for all Disciplines at all Levels

 

checkmark Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

Rubrics

checkmark EAP Template (PDF)

inquire for word document EAP  template for working purposes

 

checkmark Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Rubrics

checkmark EAP Template (PDF)

inquire for word document EAP template for working purposes

 

checkmark Emergency Action Plan (EAP) Rubrics

checkmark EAP Template (PDF)

inquire for word document EAP template for working purposes

In addition to mentoring, there are NCCP training courses and other courses also available for  instructor/coach candidates that provide training when working towards EC instructor/coach certification, again not required however, highly recommended for attendance prior to evaluation.

The following courses are available for training purposes (please inquire for further details and other course offerings):

Training Course

Course Description

NCCP Equestrian Theory Workshop
  • This course covers the following modules: Equestrian Teaching and Learning, Plan an Equestrian Lesson, Making Ethical Decisions, and Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance
NCCP Competition Coach Workshop
  • This course 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)

Should a candidates wish to opt out of mentoring or the available training in pursuance of their certification, the following declaration must be signed and submitted:

Declaration Stating Non Intent of Training


Step 3: Evaluations

Once a candidate has completed Step 1 and considered Step 2, they may proceed onto Step 3. This step requires candidates to register for the next upcoming evaluation for the discipline and context that certification is being pursued in.

To find  a list up upcoming evaluation dates, please visit the AEF Calendar of Events here. Evaluations often have limited space available and operate on a first come first serve basis. At the time of registration for an evaluation candidates must submit their required lesson plans and EAP’s by the registration deadline indicated.

Note: Lesson Plans must be submitted on a topic of the designated lists linked above. Candidates may choose their own topics. Lesson Plans and EAP’s should be submitted on single spaced typed paper in Arial or Calibri fonts in size 12, and may NOT be 2 sided sheets of paper. If being submitted electronically they should be submitted in Microsoft Word, or PDF format ONLY. They should submitted together in one single document and not in multiple pages/attachments, and should be titled by First&LastName-Discipline-Level-Topic (ie. TrainerBob-English-Instructor-OnTheFlat)

On evaluation day candidates should come prepared to spend the full day at the barn (bringing their own lunch, snacks, drinks). Candidates will also be required to bring human and equine first aid kits, bandages and any props or tack (side reins, lunge line and whip, etc.) required to teach lessons or perform other evaluation requirements. Candidates should also bring a copy of their lesson plans, as well as pens, pencils and paper for any written requirements. Any other requirements will be noted on an individual basis. Candidates should expect to dress in a workmanlike manner, with appropriate attire and treat everyone with respect. Areas are expected to be clean before, during and after the evaluation. Respect towards evaluators, riders, and horses MUST be demonstrated at all times or will result in immediate dismissal.

Candidates will usually have a full day, or multiple days if permitted, to complete all of the individual modules associated with the context in which they are seeking certification in. The exception to this is the Competition Coach Specialist candidates, as this level of certification is typically delivered in 3 separate components: 1. Portfolio submission, 2.Practical Sessions – Teaching Series of Lessons, 3.Technical Session – In competition evaluation.

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