Become a Certified Coach or Instructor

Ontario Equestrian administers education and training programs as well as evaluations for coaches to become nationally certified in our sport.

The Equestrian Instructor and Coach Certification program follows the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) guidelines established for all sports in Canada – sharing the knowledge and expertise of coaching excellence across the country and among sports.

National Coach Status Program (Licensing)

In 2020 Equestrian Canada (EC) introduced a national coach licensing system. For information on the standards and processes related to this system, please visit EC’s website.

Coach Status Program Webinar Jan 20 2021 from Ontario Equestrian on Vimeo.

If you have specific questions regarding how coach licensing may affect you, please send your inquiries to

Instructor and Coach Certification

Instructor and coach certification is available through the Competition Coach and Competition Coach Specialist levels within the following disciplines:  Eventing, Dressage, Hunter/Jumper and Reining.

The process to certification is explained in our Guide to Coach Certification which includes a description of required and recommended steps toward certification.

Join the program to achieve your professional credentials as a Certified Equestrian Coach.

We also receive generous support from the Coaches Association of Ontario and the Coaching Association of Canada, who offer funding, mentoring and training opportunities to our organization and/or to coaches directly.

To learn more about our Coaching partners and shared principles go to:

Coach Education, Training and Certification

Training and Education is available online, through the ECampus and on-site with our Facility Partners.  You can find all of our scheduled training opportunities in our events calendar.

Education and training opportunities include:

EC Concussion Awareness (mandatory in Ontario, free for OE members to complete)

EC Fostering Healthy Equestrian Environments (mandatory in Ontario, free for OE members to complete)

Equestrian Specific Training

  • EC NCCP Long-Term Equestrian Development
  • EC NCCP Plan an Equestrian Practice
  • EC NCCP Design an Equestrian Sport Program
  • EC NCCP Manage an Equestrian Sport Program
  • EC NCCP Analyzing Equestrian Performance Clinic (Beginner and Competition Coach)
  • OE Lunging Clinic
  • OE Evaluation Day Preparation Clinic (Instructor and Coach)

Multi-Sport Training (through Coaches Association of Ontario)

  • NCCP Make Ethical Decisions
  • NCCP Teaching and Learning
  • NCCP Basic Mental Skills
  • NCCP Sport Nutrition
  • NCCP Coaching and Leading Effectively
  • NCCP Performance Planning
  • NCCP Leading Drug-Free Sport
  • NCCP Developing Athletic Abilities
  • NCCP Managing Conflict
  • NCCP Advanced Practice Planning
  • NCCP Prevention and Recovery
  • NCCP Psychology of Performance

Make Ethical Decisions – Online Evaluation

Certification sessions are scheduled for Instructors and Coaches who have completed their pre-requisites and are ready to be evaluated. You can find all of our scheduled evaluations in our events calendar.

Safe Sport Resources:

Coaches Association of Ontario in partnership with Hydro One: Safe Sport 101

The Coach of the Year Award

The Ontario Equestrian Coach of the Year is celebrated every year at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. (Due to the cancellation of the Royal this year, we will be announcing the deserving recipient online through our social channels.) All certified Instructors and Coaches are eligible to be nominated (with their consent). Each year we receive incredible testimonials celebrating the skills and passion of Certified Coaches and Instructors.

If you want to nominate your Coach, look for the nomination form here each year and tell us why you think your coach should be selected as the Ontario Equestrian Coach of the Year. A selection panel of Coach Developers (the Coaches who train and certify new Coaches) from across Ontario come together to review the nominations and select the most deserving Coach of the Year.

You can participate in this opportunity by –

  • Becoming a certified Instructor or Coach so you can be nominated
  • Nominating your certified Coach
  • Attending the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair where a very special Olympic member, High Performance Coach and guest will deliver this award to a deserving certified Instructor or Coach

Nominate your certified Instructor or Coach HERE


Important Links:

Purchase Your Certified Coach Jacket

Celebrate your certification and promote yourself by wearing the NEW Ontario Equestrian Certified Coach jacket!

Only those who are certified coaches or instructors will be eligible to order this jacket, with personalized name included in the price.

To purchased a Certified Coach Jacket, visit the OE e-store HERE

For sizing chart or more information regarding the ordering process, please contact: 

Certified Coaching Insurance

Membership in your Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization (PTSO) enables you to apply for low cost broad coverage insurance for approved coaching, instruction or training activities. Click HERE