NCCP Transfer of Qualifications

The time has come for all Equine Canada NCCP certified Level 1, 2 or 3 coaches to transfer their qualifications to the new competency based NCCP! The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) has evolved and gone through many changes, most notably the transition away from delivering the technical, theoretical and practical components of the Level 1, 2, and 3 programming. This progressive numerical coaching program has over time been replaced by what can be described as a competency based coach training and certification program where equestrian certifications are offered in two main streams: Competition and Instruction. Rather than progressing from Level 1 to Level 2, coach and instructor candidates can choose which context they prefer to work within and certify within their area of expertise.

If you are NCCP certified as Level 1, 2 or 3 you will now be transitioned over to the new context based certifications of: Instructor, Competition Coach, Competition Coach Specialist or High Performance Coach.

A revised NCCP Transfer of Qualifications pathway was implemented as of May 27, 2016.

After launching the NCCP Transfer of Qualifications in September 2015, Equine Canada carefully monitored and evaluated the pathway as part of their commitment to providing equestrian coaches with efficient, convenient, and high quality services.

As a result of this monitoring, it was decided to revise the transfer pathway in order to improve simplicity and convenience for all certified coaches transferring to the new NCCP.

As of May 27, 2016, the only requirement for coaches to successfully transition from the old NCCP levels model to the new NCCP context-based model will be as follows:

  • Complete the applicable Making Ethical Decisions (MED) Online Evaluation within the first five (5) years of the transfer. The applicable MED online evaluation will be available in your Locker account – Instructions for MED Online Evaluation completion are available here.

The new NCCP Transfer of Qualifications pathway is as follows:

Old Certification New Certification Applicable MED Online Evaluation
Certified Level 1 Competition Coach Make Ethical Decision Online Evaluation – Competition-Introduction
Certified Level 2 Competition Coach Specialist Make Ethical Decision Online Evaluation – Competition-Introduction
Certified Level 3 High Performance 1 Make Ethical Decision Online Evaluation – Competition-Development

 Coach level 2’s will automatically be transitioned to all 3 disciplines for either English or Western.

All other requirements previously publicized in September 2015 are no longer required to successfully transfer. This includes the In-Competition Evaluation, Emergency Action Plan submissions, and any and all other former requirements.

Note: The Making Head way in sport online module will still be required from Alberta instructors/coaches. This is a free online module through on concussion awareness. Individuals already certified will have until December 31, 2017 to complete this module.

Maintenance of Certification and Professional Development

In addition, the Equine Canada Professional Development Policy will continue with a five (5) year cycle requirement. The cycle will begin from January 1, 2016 and run until January 1, 2021. To view the PD policy please click here – EC Instructor/Coaching PD Policy.

To help improve the efficiency and convenience of tracking, going forward, the Professional Development points will appear and be tracked through the Locker. However, please make note of the following clarifications:

  • Competition Coach/Competition Coach Specialists should continue to send updates on their professional development activities to their provincial/territorial equestrian federation office or representative.
  • High Performance 1 coaches should submit professional development requirements to Bryan McSorley, Equine Canada Program Manager, Education.
  • Professional development points gathered prior to a coach’s transition date will not be reflected in the Locker. However, coaches who have already completed tasks from the previous transition pathway can expect to see professional development credits for these activities reflected in their Locker.

Coaches undergoing this transition, will only see PD displayed in the locker from January 1, 2016 and forward. Please allow P/PTSO offices time to have this in-putted.

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The Alberta Equestrian Federation will assist coaches wherever possible to help ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, coaches can expect to see their qualifications updated on the provincial website as of May 27, 2016, as long as the above requirements are met.