How Do I Become Certified?

2020 Coaching Dates – To be announced

2020 EC Presentation – Coaching Demystified  Understanding Certifications and the process of Certification Click here
All applications are due complete into the office no later than 30 days before the posted evaluation date.

Video Evaluations for Comp Coach English or Western can be accepted at any time.

EC/NCCP Certified Coaching in BC information Programs

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

Getting your NCCP#

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the tab called The Locker
  3. Click on “Don’t have an account? Create one now!”
  4. Check the box “I agree”
  5. Check the box “I want to create a Locker account for access to my transcript, eLearning opportunities, to sign up for coaching events, and more!” – Fill in your info – Click Register
  6. Login to your email account and open the verification email that was sent to you
  7. Click on the “click here” at the very end of the email
  8. Create a password
  9. Click submit
  10. Click on the Icon “Profile”
  11. In the left hand corner of your screen under your name is your NCCP#



  • Current Standard First Aid ticket (Red Cross, St. Johns or similar, cannot be an online course)
  • HCBC Membership
  • Completed Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation (
  • Complete the Making Head Way in Sport Concussion Module (Sport – Generic) (
  • Signed copy of the following documents:
  • Have met Riding/Coaching Requirements (choose one discipline stream, candidates do not have to do all three disciplines)
    • Instructor
      • Drive
        • Learn to Drive levels 1-12 or
      • English (one of the following)
        • EC Learn To Ride Level 6 (flat only) or with jumping or
      • Western
        • EC Western Learn to Ride Level 4 or
    • 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 English Disciplines
  • Meet minimum age requirements
    • Instructor – must be at least 16 years of age
    • Competition Coach – must be at least 18 years of age
    • Competition Coach Specialist – must be at least 20 years of age
  • 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


Evaluation Application Checklist PDF

  1. Review the calendar of upcoming evaluation days and locations and choose the evaluation you wish to attend.
  2. Complete the evaluation registration form and submit it, along with the registration fee and required documents to Horse Council BC
  3. Evaluation Applications must be complete and in the HCBC office no later than 30 days before the Evaluation date.
  4. Lesson Plans must be submitted on a topic of the designated lists. Candidates may choose their own topics. Lesson Plans and EAP’s should be submitted on single spaced typed paper in Arial or Calibri fonts in size 12, and may NOT be 2 sided sheets of paper. If being submitted electronically they should be submitted in Microsoft Word, or PDF format ONLY. They should submitted together in one single document and not in multiple pages/attachments, and should be titled by First&LastName-Discipline-Level-Topic (ie. MaryBob-English-Instructor-OnTheFlat)

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

  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • 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
  • 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
    • Portofolio
  • 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


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 pens and pencils for the written tests.

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;
  • Oral and written tests covering stable management issues, dealing with injuries and/or emergencies, discussion of your Emergency Action Plan.
  • Candidates are required to bring their own horse to the Evaluation for the lunge components