How Do I Become Certified?

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2021 Coach Book Catalogue

2021 Coach and Instructor requirement chart

All Coach and Instructor candidate must complete the Standard First Aid course (16 hour, in person). Any reference to Standard First Aid in the requirements is referring to the 16 hour course.

2022 Coaching Dates – May 16 and 17th, English Coach and Instructor, Lower Mainland. Other dates and locations to be announced.

Are you looking for a way to improve your Lesson Plans and lesson teaching technique before you are evaluated? HCBC is pleased to offer the “Getting your Ducks in a Row” program. Candidates can submit lesson plans or video for correction, critique and improvement from a experience Coach Developer. For more information and to apply click here

Video Evaluations for Comp Coach English or Western will be accepted in 2022.  Download the 2020 guidelines 2020 video evaluation Guidelines :

**At the Evaluation Candidates will be given 20-25 minutes to teach a condensed lesson for each topic**

Please note that there are revisions and changes to the coach and instructor being implemented during the year. Please contact [email protected] for up to date certification information.

2021 EC Registered Coach Status requirements

2021 EC Licensed Coach Status for all EC Certified Coaches and Instructors

Rider Level Requirements for Certification:

Drive Instructor Learn to Drive 1-12
Western Instructor Western Rider Level 4
Western Competition Coach Western Rider Level 4, Intermediate Rider Basic Training
Western Competition Coach Specialist Portfolio Submission
English Instructor Flat English Rider 6
English Instructor Jump English Rider 6 must complete jumping or Pony Club C2
English Competition Coach English Rider 8 or Pony Club “B”
English Competition Coach Flat English Rider 8 may bypass jumping
English Competition Coach Specialist Portfolio Submission

Minimum Age Requirements:

Drive Instructor must be at least 16 Years of age
Western Instructor must be at least 16 Years of age
English Instructor (flat or jump) must be at least 16 years of age
Western Competition Coach must be at least 18 years of age
English Competition Coach (Flat or Jump) must be at least 18 years of age
Western Competition Coach Specialist must be at least 21 years of age
English Competition Coach Specialist must be at least 21 years of age


  • Current Standard First Aid ticket (16 hour course, Red Cross, St. Johns or similar,

    cannot be an online course)

  • HCBC Membership
  • Registered Coach Status from Equestrian Canada
  • Completed Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation (
  • Complete the Making Head Way in Sport Concussion Module (Sport – Generic) ( or EC Concussion course at MyEC
  • Signed copy of the following documents:
    • EC Sport License
      • Instructor – minimum Bronze
      • Competition Coach – minimum Bronze
      • Competitions Coach Specialist – minimum Silver


  • Mentoring for all levels
    The mentoring component of the training requires that you establish a mentoring relationship with one or more Certified Coaches who are certified at a level above the level you are working towards.
  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Training Workshop – NCCP/EC Equestrian Theory Workshop
    Equestrian Canada, with input from equestrian coaches across Canada, has developed an equestrian specific 2-day workshop covering effective teaching, analyzing performance, lesson planning and ethics.
  • Resource Manuals (available from the HCBC Store)
    • Rider Level Manuals
      • English Rider 1-2, 3-5 and 6-8
      • Western Rider 1,2,3,4
      • Learn to Drive Manual
    • Stable Management in Canada


  1. Review the HCBC Events calendar for upcoming evaluation days and locations and choose the evaluation you wish to attend.
  2. All applications will be submitted through the portal in the HCBC Events Calendar. Contact [email protected] if you are unable to access the link.
  3. Evaluation applications must be complete and uploaded the HCBC evaluation portal no later than 30 days before the Evaluation date.
  4. Candidates may choose their own topics from the official list, they will be the lessons you teach at the Evaluation.
  5. Lesson Plans and EAP’s should be submitted as a .pdf documents, which each document in its own file. For example the Emergency Action plan must be a single document containing all of the pages and requirements for the EAP. Each lesson plan will be its own .pdf file with all pages contained in the .pdf file.
  6. Candidates who submit .jpegs or photo’s of pages, incomplete files,  or individual pages of multi page documents will not be accepted into an evaluation until their submission is uploaded correctly.
  7. It is important that the evaluators can read your EAP’s and lesson plans. They do not have to be typed, however they must be large enough to read and legible. These must be .pdf files.

Here is an application submission checklist for you to review and ensure that all of the required documents are included with your application:

  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate (16 hour in person course)
  • Criminal Record Search including Vulnerable Sectors   from
  • Proof of Completion of the “Making Ethical Decisions” on-line evaluation
  • Proof of Completion of the “Making Head Way in Sport” Concussion Module or proof of EC Concussion Training
  • Demonstration of Riding Experience and Ability by submitting proof of completion of:
  • Instructor
    • English (one of the following)
      • EC Learn To Ride Level 6 (flat only) or with jumping
    • Drive
      • EC Learn to Drive level 12
    • Western
      • EC Western Learn to Ride Level 4
  • Competition Coach
    • English (one of the following)
      • EC Learn to Ride Level 8 (complete level with jumping)
      • Pony Club “B” Standard Certificate
    • Western
      • EC Western Learn to Ride Intermediate Rider – Basic Training Component
  • Competition Coach Specialist only
    • Portfolio containing YTP
  • Current Equestrian Canada Sport License
  • Current Horse Council BC Membership
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Lesson Plans
  • Signed copies of the EC Coaching Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics

*Note:  English Instructor of Beginner has the option to take the Jumping Module, which you can indicate on your completed registration form.  There is an additional fee for this component.

You can find the application forms for all coaching levels on our Resources for Coaches + Coach Candidates Page

STEP 3 – EVALUATION DAY – (COVID guidelines will be followed at all Evaluations until Provincial Health Authorities allow the return to “normal” evaluations.)

On Evaluation Day you should come prepared to spend the full day at the barn, so bring lunch, drinks and snacks.  You must also bring a list of contents for your human and equine first aid kits and any props or tack (side reins, lunge line and whip, etc.) you require to teach your lessons.  You should also bring copies of your lesson plans and Emergency Action Plan, as well as a clipboard, pens and pencils for the written tests (for English Instructor).

You will have a full day completing all of the individual modules including:

  • Teaching the lessons according to the lesson plans you have previously submitted (flat & unmounted lessons) , as well as lunging a horse and a lunge lesson and finally a jumping lesson, if you have chosen that module;
  • Bandaging a horse to ride, to ship or with a stable wrap; (instructor)
  • Oral and written tests covering stable management issues, dealing with injuries and/or emergencies, discussion of your Emergency Action Plan. (written test for English Instructor only)
  • Candidates are required to bring their own horse to the Evaluation for the lunge components