Becoming a Coach

Coaching options in Manitoba

  1. Grassroots Provincial Coaching Designation 
  2. NCCP Coaching Certification
  3. Alternative approved designations (Pony Club, Cantra, CHA)

Introducing our Coaching Resource Guide (C.H.A.R)

C.H.A.R. simplifies the learning process and is always up to date with the latest coaching information. You can access this service free with your MHC membership and allows you to work through the Grassroots designation, NCCP certification, and our coaching resources. Here are the benefits:

  • Self-paced learning
  • Access to virtual (video) evaluation
  • Access to rubrics and resources
  • Step-by-step walkthrough preparing for and completing coach certification
  • Progress is tracked and recorded
  • Accessible anytime online

Click Here to Register for C.H.A.R


EC Rider Levels

What is the Learn To Ride Program?

The EC Learn to Ride Program was developed for individuals who wish to learn safe horsemanship and practices. The purpose of this program is to produce safe and knowledgeable horsemanship and to assist in the development of future instructors and coaches.

Candidates intending to pursue their NCCP English Instructor certification will require:
  • English Rider Level 1-6
Candidates intending to pursue their NCCP Western Instructor certification will require:
  • Western Rider Level 1-4
Candidates intending to pursue their NCCP English Competition Coach certification will require:
  • English Rider Level 1-8
Candidates intending to pursue their NCCP Western Competition Coach certification will require:
  • Western Rider Level 1-4 & Basic Training

What is expected from each level?

See Rubrics to learn more about Rider Levels

How to become an EC NCCP Certified Instructor or Coach

MHC is responsible for administering the Equestrian Canada National Coaching Certification Program (EC NCCP).  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. 

Coach Certification is the educational process to become a coach.

The Steps to Certification:

  1. Identify the appropriate certification
  2. Understand the coach pathway (starting with EC Rider Levels)
  3. Complete the Pre-requisites (can take up to 6-8 weeks)
  4. Email to formally register
  5. Evaluation (can be in person or online)

Download Checklist

Applying for NCCP Coach Status

Coach Status is like a driver's license; it must be current and renewed in order to instruct/coach. It is the screening process. All active coaches and instructors in the equine industry are encouraged to strive for Licensed Coach Status. This will be required for all coaches by 2025. Please refer to the phased-in timeline for formal competition and program access requirements.

View Program

Maintaining NCCP Certification

Professional Development Points Grid

Download Form

Any NCCP PD events will be added directly to the Locker. Other events will require completion of the Update Form (above) signed by the facilitator. Online courses will require proof of attendance, which could be a confirming email from the course manager. PD points which are not NCCP should be forwarded to [email protected] for entry in the locker.

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Diane David - Executive Director
(204) 925-5719
[email protected]

Kylee Tonita - Administrator
Coaching, Officials & Events
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Kelly Roe - Manager
Equestrian Facility
(April to Oct)