Coaching Certification

AEF is responsible for administering the Equestrian Canada National Coaching Certification Program (EC NCCP). Please click on the titles below to learn about the coaching program available to make the equestrian experience safe and enjoyable for all participants, horse and human, and to develop excellence in horsemanship.

Coaching Certification vs. Coach Status

EC NCCP Certification and Coach Status are two independent programs that work in tandem to verify all safety, screening, and coaching education requirements have been met. Only coaches that are EC NCCP Certified AND Licensed Coach Status are allowed to deliver and/or evaluate (additional training required) the Rookie Riders and Learn To Ride/Drive programs.

Coach Certification is like a diploma; after successfully passing the evaluation, the coach is certified for life*. It is the Educational Process.

Coach Status is like a driver’s license; it must be current and renewed in order to instruct/coach. It is the Screening Process.

* Certified Instructors/Coaches are required to submit Professional Development points (PD points) and have an issued Coach Status to keep their certification current.

See the flow chart below breaking down the entire process. (Click or Tap to enlarge the chart)

Coach Status

The Coach Status program is at the heart of EC’s commitment to Safe Sport and the Responsible Coaching Movement to recognize and identify active coaches within the equestrian community.

Instructors/Coaches that hold an active Coach Status,

  • commit to upholding the highest standards of practice
  • complete safe sport training
  • are thoroughly screened
  • are appropriately insured
  • hold coach certification, or are actively engaged in coach training
Checklist

There are three different levels of screening currently available. All three require the following checklist:

  • Current AEF membership
  • Current Equestrian Canada Sport License
  • Concussion Education
  • Training to Address Maltreatment in Sport
  • Standard First Aid Level C with CPR (full online courses are not accepted)
  • Criminal Record Check (available on ECampus)
  • Screening Disclosure
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Additional requirements according to each level of screening can be found below.

Please note that candidates are given 90 days, from the application date, to complete these requirements.

More information on the Coach Status program can be found on the Equestrian Canada website.

 

  Coming Soon!

  • One Letter of Reference (Template available on ECampus)

Download the complete checklist for Registered Coach Status.

  • Coach Certification (NCCP, CHA, Pony Club A, International Trainer Passport, etc.)
  • Vulnerable Sector Search (required for those born prior January 1, 1986. The form for
    your local police detachment is available)
  • Two Letters of Reference (Template available on ECampus)

Download the complete checklist for Licensed Coach Status.

Coaching Certification

AEF is dedicated to providing instructors/coaches with the necessary tools to make the equestrian experience safe and enjoyable for all participants, horse and human, and to develop excellence in horsemanship.

We are committed to the Equestrian Canada National Coaching Certification Program (EC NCCP) as it is:

  • The only Canadian equestrian coaching and instructor certifying program
  • It is recognized nationally and internationally for its safety standards

The EC NCCP program is developed in partnership with:

The AEF is responsible for assisting all interested candidates in becoming certified, as well as hosting all training opportunities, education, candidate preparation, and evaluations.

There are a few other coaching certification programs such as:

 

Checklist

All documents must be submitted to the AEF prior to attending a coaching evaluation

*Lesson plan topics are assigned by the AEF office 45 days prior to the evaluation date, you can check approved topics below.

There are four certification contexts available; please open the applicable tabs below. For further information, please check the EC NCCP Long-Term Equestrian Development module for download and course.

Instructors are the base and most important context for all sports. Instructors:

  • Introduce skills for those starting in the sport
  • Do not take riders to competitions

Currently, there are four different disciplines in which an Instructor can be certified:

English

Additional requirements:

  • EC English Rider Level 6 or Pony Club C2 (with application approval)
  • Mounted Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Unmounted Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Optional: Jump Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

Drive

Additional requirements:

  • EC Learn to Drive Program (full program completion – Copy of Certificate)
  • Driving Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

Saddle-Seat

Additional requirements:

  • Completion of EC Saddle Seat Riding Competency Test
  • Mounted Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Unmounted Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

Western

Additional requirements:

  • EC Western Rider Level 4 (at a minimum – Copy of Certificate)
  • Mounted Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Unmounted Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

  • Improve riders’ skills
  • Introduce riders to the competition environment
    • May take riders to Provincial or National competitions level

Currently, there are two different disciplines in which a Competition Coach can be certified:

English

Additional requirements:

  • EC English Rider Level 8 or Pony Club A/B (with application approval)
  • On the Flat Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Over Fences Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

Western

Additional requirements:

  • EC Western Rider Level Intermediate – Basic Training
  • On the Rail Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • On a Maneuver Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Basic Training Pattern (must include all elements from Approved Topic List)

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

  • Consolidate riders’ skills
  • Discipline-specific Competitions
    • Young Riders and introduction to the International Level

Currently, there are six different specific disciplines in which a Competition Coach Specialist can be certified:

English

English Competition Coach Specialist candidates can choose to specialize in Dressage, Jumping, or Eventing.

Additional requirements:

  • EC NCCP English Competition Coach Certification
  • EC English Rider Level 8 or Pony Club A/B (with application approval)
  • Introducing a Specific Skill Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • Improving the Horse and Rider Lesson Plan (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • CCS Application & Portfolio
  • Yearly Training Plan

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

Western

Western Competition Coach Specialist candidates can choose to specialize in Reining, Speed Events, or General Performance.

Additional requirements:

  • EC NCCP Western Competition Coach Certification
  • EC Western Rider Level Intermediate – Basic Training
  • 2 Discipline Specific Lesson Plans (Topic assigned by AEF)
  • CCS Application & Portfolio
  • Yearly Training Plan

Download the complete checklist, list of lesson plan topics, and the rubrics that evaluators use to mark coaching evaluations.

  • Riders hone skills
  • Discipline-specific competitions
    • FEI level
    • Must follow performance programs and schedules

Equestrian Canada is responsible for assisting candidates for the High-Performance 1 context. Please contact Anna Johnson, Sport Development Manager, at [email protected] directly for more information.

Available Courses

Below is a list of equestrian-specific courses usually available at our Coach Training Boot Camp. These courses are important tools to prepare candidates for successfully passing their coaching evaluation and reaching their EC NCCP certification goal.

You can find multi-sport courses on the Alberta Sport website.

EC NCCP Long-Term Equestrian Development

Training applicable to: Coaches, Parents, Officials, Facility Owners, Riders
Duration: half-day course
Certification Contexts:
Instructor; Competition-Coach; Competition Coach Specialist; High-Performance 1

Description: This module will provide participants with an explanation and exploration of ‘What is LTED’ and where both athletes and coaches fit.  Participants will understand that the LTED Framework defines optimal training, competition, and recovery programs based on biological age rather than chronological age, therefore based on human growth and development principles.  Along with encouraging an athlete-centered approach to equestrian development, athletes with a disability will see how they can achieve success and enjoyment in the sport.  There will be discussions surrounding optimal windows of trainability and training vs growth and development, training vs competition, and recommended competition to training ratios and development stages. 

Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance

Training applicable to: Coaches
Duration: half-day course
Certification Contexts:
Instructor; Competition-Coach

Description: The Analyzing Beginner Equestrian Performance course is a half-day course that teaches the equestrian instructor and coach how to apply a basic framework to detect and correct skill errors and engage in extensive reflection on the analysis of performance. Study how to optimize your students’ learning by implementing effective analysis methods in lessons.

EC NCCP Plan an Equestrian Practice

Training applicable to: Coaches
Duration: full-day course
Certification Contexts:
Instructor; Competition-Coach; Competition Coach Specialist; High-Performance 1

Description: Plan an Equestrian Practice helps coaches develop the skills needed to plan a practice (lesson) that meets the standard of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and to develop an Emergency Action Plan.  This module prepares coaches to plan safe and effective lessons.

EC NCCP Design an Equestrian Sport Program

Training applicable to: Coaches
Duration: full-day course
Certification Contexts:
Competition-Coach; Competition Coach Specialist; High-Performance 1

Description: The Design an Equestrian Sport Program teaches Competition Coaches how to design a basic sport program.  

EC NCCP Manage an Equestrian Sport Program

Training applicable to: Coaches, Parents, Officials, Facility Owners, Riders
Duration: full-day course
Certification Contexts:
Competition-Coach; Competition Coach Specialist; High-Performance 1

Description: The Manage an Equestrian Sport Program teaches Competition Coaches how to effectively manage an equestrian sport program in order to meet the training and competition needs of athletes.

Certification Maintenance

As mentioned above, Coaching Certification is like a diploma; after successfully passing the evaluation, the coach is certified for life. Although certified for life, EC NCCP Instructors/Coaches are required to submit Professional Development points (PD points) and have an issued Coach Status to keep their certification current and be recognized by EC and AEF.

Instructors/Coaches can check which activities they can receive points for in the PD Activity Guide, then the Coach Update Form should be filled out and submitted to [email protected] .

The NCCP system requires instructors/coaches to submit their points in a 5-year cycle according to their context:

  • Instructor: 10 points
  • Competition Coach: 20 points
  • Competition Coach Specialist: 20 points
  • Competition Development (HP1): 30 points

Instructors/Coaches are responsible for entering their First Aid and Active Coaching points themselves. Presentation on how to do it coming soon.

Follow these steps to check out how many points you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do certified coaches have to purchase the Coach Status (licensed or registered)?

The NCCP Certification is earned upon completion of the Educational Process; coaches must then ensure they remain up to date with all the requirements. Equestrian Canada only recognizes coaches as active if they hold a Coach Status (Registered or Licensed) according to the following guidelines.

Do I need to have a valid Provincial Sport Organization (PTSO) Membership to qualify for a Coach Status?

Yes. To obtain a Coach Status, coaches must maintain an active PTSO membership. Membership validity will be verified at the time of application, issuance, and renewal. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that their PTSO membership does not lapse.

All requirements need to be completed before applying for Coach Status?

No. Candidates can apply for a Coach Status before completing all of the requirements. However, it is important to note that candidates have only 90 days from the purchase date to complete the requirements. We highly recommend completing the First Aid training and Vulnerable Sector Search (when applicable) before applying.

When is the Vulnerable Sector Search required?

A vulnerable sector check is a police information check plus a check to see if a person has a record suspension (pardon) for sexual offences. The VSS is a one-time requirement only if the candidate was born prior January 1, 2022.

An Access to Information Request from the RCMP tells that the date of birth belonging to the youngest person with a pardoned sexual offence is February 28, 1986.   There are no pardoned sexual offences for candidates born after February 28, 1986. VSS may take up to three months to complete and you must present yourself at the police station. 

Check this resource from the Coaching Association of Canada for more information on Criminal Record Check and VSS.

Is an EC Sport License required for applying to the Coach Status?

Yes.

To obtain a Coach Status, instructors/coaches must maintain an active EC Sport Licence. Sport Licence validity will be verified at the time of application, issuance and renewal. It is the responsibility of the Coach to ensure that their EC Sport Licence does not lapse. Any level of Sport Licence is permitted for the purpose of holding a Coach Status; coaches are encouraged to purchase the Sport Licence required for other activities (e.g. Horse Recordings, competition, etc).

Check this link for more information on EC Sport Licenses.

What are the types of coaching certification accepted by EC for applying for the Licensed Coach Status?

Licensed Coach Status applicants must have validated and recognized expertise through any of the following:

  • Coaching Certification (including NCCP), or
  • Recognized formal training, or
  • Post-secondary equine education, or
  • 15+ years of coaching experience (+20 years in 2023).

If you hold NCCP coach certification, your record will be automatically recorded in your ECampus Following is a list of formal training that is currently recognized by Equestrian Canada. A copy of your certificate must be uploaded

  • IGEQ INTERNATIONAL LEVEL 1
  • IGEQ INTERNATIONAL LEVEL 2
  • IGEQ INTERNATIONAL LEVEL 3
  • CanTRA Coach
  • CTRII – CanTRA Intermediate Instructor
  • CTRSI – CanTRA Senior Instructor
  • Canadian Pony Club – A
  • CHA Standard Instructor – English: Level Two
  • CHA Standard Instructor – English: Level Three
  • CHA Standard Instructor – English: Level Four
  • CHA Standard Instructor – English: Master Instructor
  • CHA Standard Instructor – Western: Level Two
  • CHA Standard Instructor – Western: Level Three
  • CHA Standard Instructor – Western: Level Four
  • CHA Standard Instructor – Western: Master Instructor

If you are applying based on 15+years of coaching experience, you are required to complete a Certification Exemption Form upon coach status enrollment. Please note there is a one-time processing fee of $200 for Certification Exemption.

How do candidates prove they have coaching insurance?

The Certificate of Insurance form should be filled out by the candidate’s insurance company. The candidate will be responsible for uploading the filled form to their ECampus as proof of insurance.

How long are the Coach Statuses valid for?

All Coach Statuses are valid for one year from the date they are issued.

Please note that any Coach Status is only active if all the documents submitted are up to date. Look at this scenario as an example:

  • A Coach Status is issued on April 10, 2022
    • It is valid until April 10, 2023, only if all documents are up to date until that date
    • First Aid Certificate expires on October 10, 2022; the Coach Status is no longer active
      • On November 10, 2022, a new certificate is uploaded into ECampus and approved by EC
      • Coach Status is restored and valid until April 10, 2023
    • On April 10, 2023, a new Coach Status will need to be purchased to keep the status valid.
Do healthcare related workers need to provide a First Aid certificate?

If you are already working in a First Aid field (i.e. as a paramedic), you may substitute a letter from your employer confirming that your First Aid skills are up to date. 

I'm certified but I'm not listed on EC Find a Coach, why?

There are a couple of reasons:

1- Inactive or non-existent Coach Status 

EC only recognizes instructors/coaches as active if they hold a valid Coach Status. Only active instructors/coaches are listed in their directory.

OR

2- Find A Coach consent not given

You may have forgotten to check the box that gives EC permission to share your information in their directory. Please follow these steps:

  • Login to your My-EC > click on ECampus > in the right top corner click on your name > click on Edit My Profile
  • Review your profile information and ensure it is correct
  • Review and complete the Directory Information 
    • Review the location to make sure it is correct
    • Review and click the consent box
    • Review and click on Geocode Address
    • Click “Save”

  • Complete the demographic survey information
  • Review the NCCP Professional Development Points
  • Review Terms of Use
  • Click “Save”

If you have an active Coach Status and you followed the steps above but you are still not listed, please contact us at [email protected] or EC at [email protected] .

I completed courses on my ECampus, but my points weren't added to my locker, why?

Consent to share your information with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) not given

You may have forgotten to check the box that gives EC permission to share your information with CAC. Please follow these steps:

  • Login to your My-EC > click on ECampus > in the right top corner click on your name > click on Edit My Profile
    • Review the NCCP Professional Development Points
    • Review Terms of Use
    • Enter your NCCP/Locker account number
  • Click “Save”

Please note that the system is updated once per month, if after completing the steps above and after one month your points are still not showing in your account, please contact us at [email protected] or EC at [email protected] .