Other Coaching Programs in BC

The following external programs are also recognized, but not administered by HCBC.


For group riding instructors dealing with progressive skill building in all levels of riders, both in the arena and on the trail.  Certification may be earned in English and/or Western disciplines; minimum age for assistant certification is 16, minimum age for instructor certification is 18.  Eight levels of certification may be earned in both English and Western disciplines, ranging from assistant instructor to CHA clinician. Level of certification is the sole discretion of the clinic staff.

For more information visit the Certified Horsemanship Association website.


For those ready to become certified vaulting coaches, the EVA offers a weekend evaluation and certification course. Following the evaluation clinic, candidates will complete a practical and a theoretical examination. Certification as a vaulting coach also requires the candidate to complete the NCCP Level 1 theory course, the EVA lunging course and a standard First Aid course.

For more information visit the Vault Canada website


The Provincial Trainer’s Program concentrates on the practical introduction to coaching in this sport. The Trainer will be competent in all aspects of safety, skill development, physical preparation of the athlete and the horse and the “role of the Trainer.”

For more information visit the Vault Canada, Vaulter Training Program


A CanTRA Coach certificate will be granted to Instructors after completion of a set of tasks which they will be required to accomplish with a maximum 3 – year period. Five years experience is required for a part-time CTRI and 3 years if full-time.

The CTRI level that is granted by passing the Provincial Basic Instructor level (and the CanTRA exam) will not be eligible for CanTRA Coach certification.  CanTRA Coach will only be granted to those with an Equine Canada (formerly CEF) Coach 1 certificate (English or Western) or International Certification Passport.

For more information about this and other CANTRA Instructor programs, visit the CANTRA website


The Equestrian Passport offers easy to carry confirmation of instructor qualifications (useful both at home and overseas) and is available only to those holding eligible qualifications in riding, driving and vaulting through their own national equestrian federation. Therapeutic instructors must hold a Level 1 riding qualification listed on the exams matrix page qualification to be eligible for a passport.

It enables instructors to have their qualifications confirmed and immediately recognized in all IGEQ member countries, thus easing the difficulties of teaching in other parts of the world and reassuring employers. The passport also reassures prospective employers that the holder is properly qualified and to what level.

Level 3 Passport holders, meeting set criteria, may apply to be nominated by their Federation for acceptance onto the FEI Accredited Trainers’ List. Those accredited and accepted onto this list will then be eligible to be invited to take FEI courses in developing countries and become mentors to those FNs.

For more information about International Trainers Passports, visit the International Equestrian Qualifications website, or visit Equestrian Canada’s website.