WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CERTIFIED?
CERTIFICATION AS AN INSTRUCTOR OR COACH SIGNALS:
- Professionalism and accountability adhering to established standards of ethics and the Equestrian Canada Code of Conduct
- Skilled in first aid and safety procedures
- Equestrian knowledge and technical competency
- Commitment, having completed the rigorous testing process, and to continue to maintain skills through ongoing training and education
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CERTIFICATION
In 2010, Equestrian Canada established new credentials and titles for coaches and instructors to fall in line with the new National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC).
All coaches certified before then were labelled as Coach 1, 2, 3 or 4. The Coach 1 requirements were similar to those of the current Competition Coach, Coach 2 to Competition Coach Specialist and 3 similar to High Performance (HP) 1. These coaches retain the certificate they earned and maintain active status and familiarity with the new standards and rider/driver development programs through professional development offered by Horse Council BC (HCBC), Equestrian Canada (EC) and CAC.
This program is focused on those who wish to take on the instruction of children and adults learning to ride, establishing foundational riding skills with an eye on safety.
This program is focused on those who are interested in coaching riders in the competitive environment. More advanced skills in the development of a competitive training program, performance analysis and mental preparation for competition are required to become certified at this level.
COMPETITION COACH SPECIALIST
This program is a further progression of the Competition Coach program, focused on riders competing at the Provincial and National levels. Beyond the Competition Coach Level, this level requires a working knowledge of the Equestrian Canada competition rules for the level and discipline they’re teaching.
HIGH PERFORMANCE COACH
This program is administered by Equestrian Canada.
MINIMUM COACHING STANDARDS
All coaches that are listed on the Horse Council BC site adhere to these Minimum Standards available here 2017 Horse Council BC Coaching Minimum Standards for Equestrian Canada Coaches and Instructors-horse-council-bc-coaching-minimum-standards-for-equestrian-canada-coaches-and-instructors
RESPONSIBLE COACHING MOVEMENT
Coaches have many responsibilities and one of them is to ensure they provide a safe environment for their athletes and themselves. When athletes and athletes’ parents entrust a coach as a leader they assume they have taken steps to become a responsible coach.
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations to implement policies and processes to ensure athletes are safe. Coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, it highlights three key areas:
- Rule of Two
- Background Screening
- Respect and Ethics Training
These concepts are preventative tools to protect the organization, the coach and to reduce the instances of negative sport experiences related to bullying, abuse, unethical coaching, etc.
Parents have the right to speak with the coach or the coach’s supervisor if they have questions or concerns about interactions with their child. For more information about the Responsible Coaching Movement click here: