Becoming a Coach
How to Become an NCCP Certified Equestrian Coach or Instructor
STEP 1 - Identify the certification you are best suited for
Instructor: Specializes in introducing beginners to non-competitive or recreational riding and/or driving.
- Saddle Seat
Please note: NCCP Certified Instructors may maintain amateur competitive status while receiving remuneration for instructing.
Coach: Specializes in working with athletes actively competing in equestrian sport. This stream allows a coach to progress through competitive levels and specialize in a discipline.
- Competition Coach
- Competition Coach Specialist
- General Performance
- Speed Events
- High Performance 1 Coach
STEP 2 - Complete the admission requirements
The general admission requirements for all certification programs are as follows. Once completed, please submit the originals to Manitoba Horse Council office for verification. They will be returned.
"The Locker" will be mentioned throughout the Coaching process. It is the database managed by the National Coach Association of Canada (NCCP) and maintains records of all your coaching activities. Here is some information about using the Locker and getting an NCCP number.
- Complete the appropriate Rider Level for the Coaching Certification being applied for.
- Criminal Records check with Vulnerable Sector. (Renewed every 5 years at Sterling Backcheck through Sport Manitoba portal.)
- One-time Child Abuse Registry Check. This will subsequently appear on your 5-yearly Sterling Backcheck renewal. For Vulnerable Sector check, note that the Winnipeg address is quoted; people living outside Winnipeg should attend their local police agency to have the check completed.
- Current First Aid Certificate (CPR/AED). Either St John's Ambulance OR Canadian Red Cross.
- Create an NCCP Locker account
- Complete the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation. Note that equestrian-specific MED is also included in the Equestrian Theory Workshop offered as part of the 4-module Instructor course, so it may be better to wait for a course rather than proceed individually. Attendance at a stand-alone workshop is $35 and the subsequent online evaluation is then free. Taken directly online without the workshop, the course is $85.
- Complete Sport Manitoba's "Respect In Sport" online program (renewable every 5 years). When you complete your profile, check the box to share the results with Equestrian Canada.
- Read, sign and submit the following documents to the administrating organization for your coaching certificate (see Step 3):
- Obtain the appropriate level of EC Sport Licence for the current year
- Instructor and Competition Coach certification: Bronze Sport Licence
- Competition Coach Specialist certification: Silver Sport Licence
- High Performance 1 certification: Gold Sport Licence
- Complete the NCCP Making Head Way in Sport concussion evaluation through your NCCP Locker account.
Depending on the specific certification you choose, additional admissions requirements may apply:
STEP 3 – Formally apply
The application process for NCCP certification varies depending on the specific certificate you are interested in pursuing.
The following certifications are administered by the Provincial and Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs):
- Competition Coach
- Competition Coach Specialist
To apply for one of the certificates above, contact your PTSO.
The following certificate is administered by EC:
To apply for the High Performance 1 Coach certification, contact Equestrian Canada Technical Development toll free at 1-866-282-8395 x 116.
STEP 4 – Be evaluated
The evaluation process provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your competency based on NCCP standards. The evaluation requirements can vary depending on the certification you choose, however the general procedure is as follows:
- Portfolio Evaluation: Submit a written portfolio (content requirements vary by certification).
- Observable Evaluation: An evaluator observes you teaching a lesson (in person or through a video submission). Competition Coach Specialist and High Performance 1 Coach candidates are also required to undergo observation while teaching at a competition.
- Online Evaluation: Complete the NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation located in your NCCP locker. Please note: This step can be done at any time (see Step 2 above).
Once you have completed the evaluations, your results will be submitted to your PTSO (for Instructor, Competition Coach and Competition Coach Specialist certifications) or EC (for High Performance 1 Coach certification), whether successful or unsuccessful, will be submitted to the PTSO or EC by your Evaluator. Once processed, the results will be confirmed in your NCCP locker account.
For your own security, it is recommended that you have adequate insurance when you operate as a coach. Capri Insurance is Manitoba Horse Council's insurer of choice, and offers a 10% discount on Coach Insurance. See the application form here.
For questions regarding the EC Coaching Program, please contact:
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