CERTIFICATION AS AN EQUESTRIAN CANADA 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
- Inspiring confidence in your coaching skills, expertise and professionalism from parents, students, officials and the community at large
- Gaining equestrian specific technical skills, as well as leadership and decisions making abilities, to open doors to new opportunities in coaching
- Accessing coaching training that is directly applicable to you, whether you are new to coaching or already coaching athletes at the top of the sport
- Demonstrating your dedication to lifelong learning through regular Professional Development
- Allowing you access to improved insurance coverage rates to protect yourself and your students
WHAT DOES HCBC PROVIDE TO CERTIFIED COACHES AND INSTRUCTORS?
- Track all Professional Development for the coach or instructor in the HCBC database and the NCCP Locker
- Maintain and manage the coaches file at the HCBC office
- Record and enter all PD submitted to the office into the NCCP database (The Locker)
- Track coach or instructors First aid expiration dates, Criminal Record Search expiration dates, memberships and other requirements
- Designated staff member to facilitate certification and maintain files, provide ongoing information and support, as well as sit on the EC National Coaching Operations Committee.
- Provide coach and instructor training and testing materials for the Learn to Ride/Drive Programs
- Organize and administer all certification evaluations in BC, process required paperwork and enter information into the Locker, and inform EC
- Track Rider/Driver exams, and maintain a database of all completed exams
- Provide discounts on HCBC educational events
- Maintains web pages devoted to the promotion of EC/NCCP certified coaches and instructors. Provide the “Find a Coach” and enhanced listing through www.hcbc.ca
- Develops and distributes promotional materials
- Publishes ENews and EC Certified coach/instructor only forums to distribute information and program developments to stakeholders
- Supplies confirmation of current status to Capri Insurance upon request
- Work with Equestrian Canada staff and committees to provide input into program revisions as well as new programs.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF EC CERTIFICATION
INSTRUCTOR – ENGLISH, WESTERN,DRIVE AND SADDLESEAT
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.
COMPETITION COACH – ENGLISH AND WESTERN
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 – ENGLISH AND WESTERN SPECIFIC DISCIPLINES
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 Minimum Coach Standards document–
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: