Coaching Certifications


The National Coach Certification Program (NCCP) is a coach training and certification program for all coaches in nearly 70 sports and is the recognized standard for coach training and certification in Canada. The NCCP is implemented by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The NCCP is the only coach program accepted by Coaching Manitoba – the Sport Manitoba unit for coaching in Manitoba – as required under the CAC.

Equestrian Canada/NCCP

The Equestrian Canada (EC) coaching program is the nationally recognized certification program for equestrian coaches and instructors, developed in partnership with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Sport Canada. Equestrian Canada certification approves and acknowledges equestrian coach/instructors’ teaching and coaching skills as meeting professional, nationally, and internationally recognized standards for coaching practice.

The EC coaching program is the only Canadian equestrian coaching and instructor certification program recognized internationally by the FEI and IGEQ, and by Coaches of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

About the Program

The EC coaching program has completed its new and more specialized program, which fits well with EC's Long-Term Equestrian Development (LTED). Individuals entering the EC program will be certified in one of the following certification streams:


Non-competitive or recreational context.  Specializes in starting beginners and teaching equestrians who enjoy horses outside the competitive stream. 

Certification: Instructor

Instructor of Beginners generally teach students in the LTED stages of FUNdamentals and Learning & Training to Ride. Available for English, Western and Saddleseat disciplines. Individuals certified in this stream may maintain amateur status while receiving remuneration for coaching.


Competitive contexts.  Specializes in working with equestrians who compete.  Each certification in this stream specializes at different competitive levels.  The higher the certification level, the more discipline-specific the coach is.  The coach’s own competitive experience as well as students’ results are factored in as part of the certification process for Competition Coach Specialist and High Performance Coach.

Certification: Competition Coach

Competition Coaches generally teach students in the LTED stages of Learning & Training to Ride and Learning & Training to Compete. Specializes in refining equestrian skills of students of all ages who primarily compete at or are preparing to compete at regional and ⁄ or provincial competitions. There is no discipline specialization at this level.  Available for English disciplines; Western and Saddleseat under development.

Certification: Competition Coach Specialist

Competition Coach Specialists generally teach students in the LTED stages of Learning & Training to Compete and Learning & Training to Win. Specializes in working with students of all ages to consolidate and refine basic sport skills.  Students primarily compete at or are preparing to compete at regional and/or national level competitions. This program is under development. Contact the MHC office for more information.

Certification: High Performance

High Performance Coaches generally teach students in the LTED stages of Learning & Training to Win and Living to Win. Specializes in developing athletes through refining basic sport skills and developing more advanced skills and tactics. Students primarily compete at or are preparing to compete at national to international level competitions. 

The High Performance program is administered by Equestrian Canada direct. Contact Equestrian Canada for more information or see



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