Maintaining Instructor/Coach Certification


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National standards for equestrian instructor/coaching programs are developed by Equestrian Canada (EC) in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). As a certified EC instructor/coach one can take advantage of substantial savings on insurance policies. However, this certification must be kept “current” to do so. Once an individual is certified as an EC instructor/coach, it is important that they maintain certain elements of their certification to keep a “current” status throughout the duration of their active instructor/coaching career.

The following items must be up to date at all times, for an EC instructor/coach to maintain their “currency” as part of their certification:

  • Pay annual AEF membership;
  • Pay annual Equestrian Canada sport license – at required level;
  • Pay annual Equestrian Canada coaching levy;
  • Keep proof of a current Standard First Aid with level C CPR certificate on file with their P/TSO;
    • After three first Aid/CPR updates attended in person, instructors/coaches may update online to a maximum of two times, using the provider approved by Equestrian Canada. The approved provider at this time is ProFirstAid.com
  • Provide proof of an acceptable criminal record check once every 5 years to their P/TSO;
  • Provide proof of the required professional development (PD) credits required for specific level of certification within the given CAC renewal period. Please refer to the instructor/coach PD policy;
    • To submit PD points towards certification, please use the coaching updating form
    • PD credits are tracked in the CAC/NCCP database, and will appear on instructors/coaches NCCP transcripts once approved
  • Meet additional requirements which may apply provincially.

More detailed information, for those EC instructors/coaches whose currency has lapsed due to incomplete PD credits beyond the given CAC renewal period, is available here.


Are you Covered? Instructor/Coaching Insurance offered through Capri Insurance Services Ltd.

The AEF strongly believes that a good risk management strategy includes obtaining a broad cover insurance policy. Our partner Capri Insurance Services Ltd. has you covered! Below you will find the 2017 Capri Insurance Instructor/Coach Application, Summary, and FAQ. Current and certified EC/NCCP Instructors/Coaches receive preferred rates that start as low as $225.00 / year. This policy provides instructors/coaches with $5,000,000 Commercial General Liability coverage for operations and professional activities “worldwide”. Be responsible & get your coverage on today!

2017 Capri Instructor/Coach Policy Summary


Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation

The completion of your Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation is a prerequisite to instructor/coach candidates wishing to receive future certification. If you are an existing instructor/coach wishing to become up to date please make sure that you have completed online module. For more information about how to complete this, please use the instruction sheet. This module is about how to make and choose the most ethical way of dealing with certain scenarios.

Making Ethical Decisions Instructions


Making Head Way in Sport Online Module

This is a free module designed to help instructors/coaches gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of athletes, this multi-sport module will cover: what to do to prevent concussions, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion, and how to ensure athletes return to play safely. All new instructors/coaches and existing instructors/coaches who have not completed this module will be required to do so prior to December 31, 2017 to remain current.

Making Head Way in Sport Instructions


Provincial Instructor/Coaching Updates & Other Instructor/Coaching Events

AEF strives to organize events for certified instructors/coaches professional development each year. For a complete list of instructor/coaching events use the “Calendar” webpage.

Upcoming Instructor/Coaching Events


Certified as a CanTRA certified therapeutic instructor/coach? Hold credentials through AEVA or Vault Canada? Maintaining an EC International Trainer Passport?

Requirements for CanTRA certified Instructors/Coaches

Requirements for vaulting certified Instructors/Coaches (AEVA or Vault Canada)

Requirements for International Trainer Passport Holders


The AEF is responsible for tracking the currency of EC certified instructors/coaches in Alberta. If you are currently residing in Alberta, but were certified in a different province please contact the AEF office so that your instructor/coach file can be retrieved from the appropriate P/TSO office. The AEF reserves the right to process all incoming documentation submitted, within 30 business days.