Coach Certification

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.


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, in our training room and on-site with our Facility Partners.  You can find all of our scheduled training opportunities in our events calendar.

If there is a specific course you are interested in, please contact our Coaching Coordinator at c.szafranski@ontarioequestrian.ca.

Education and training opportunities include:

  • Making Headway In Sport – Online Training
  • Making Ethical Decisions – Online Training
  • NCCP Equestrian Theory Workshop – In class 4 half day modules
    • Equestrian Teaching and Learning
    • Planning an Equestrian Lesson
    • Analyzing Equestrian Performance
    • Making Ethical Decisions in the Equestrian Environment
  • NCCP Competition Coach Workshop – 3 modules over 2 days
    • Designing an Equestrian Sport Program
    • Managing an Equestrian Sport Program
    • Training Mental Skills for Equestrian Sport
  • Competition Coach Analyzing Performance Clinic
  • Instructor/Coach Evaluation Preparation Clinic
  • High Performance Coach Training Modules
    • Equine Clean Sport
    • Developing Athletic Abilities – Equestrian Athlete
    • Developing Athletic Abilities – Equine
    • Analyzing High Performance
    • Performance Planning for High Performance Training
    • Manage a High Performance Equestrian Sport Program
    • Advanced Practice Planning
    • Prevention and Recovery (Equine)

Certification sessions are scheduled as Instructors and Coaches have completed their pre-requisites and are ready to be evaluated.  Please contact our office at c.szafranski@ontarioequestrian.ca when you’re ready to take this next step and our Coaching Co-ordinator will advise you of upcoming opportunities for certification.


The Coach of the Year Award

The Ontario Equestrian Coach of the Year is celebrated every year at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. 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 in September of 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
  • Coming to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair for our Member Appreciation Event where a very special Olympic member, High Performance Coach and guest will deliver this award to a deserving certified instructor or coach

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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.

Certified Coach Jacket Order Form

For sizing chart or more information regarding the ordering process, please contact: info@ontarioequestrian.ca