National standards for equestrian instructor/coaching programs are developed by Equestrian Canada (EC) in conjunction with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). As a certified EC instructor/coach one can take advantage of substantial savings on insurance policies. However, this certification must be kept “current” to do so. Once an individual is certified as an EC instructor/coach, it is important that certain certification elements are maintained to retain a “current” status.

To remain "current", an EC instructor/coach must:

  • Hold a current and valid NSEF Membership;

  • Hold a current and valid Equestrian Canada Sport License – at required level;

  • Pay annual Equestrian Canada coaching levy;

  • Provide proof of a current Standard First Aid with level C CPR 

    • After three first Aid/CPR updates attended in person, instructors/coaches may update online to a maximum of two times, using Equestrian Canada's approved provider,

  • Provide proof of an acceptable criminal record check (vulnerable sector)  - renewable every 5 years 

  • Provide proof of Professional Development (PD) credits required for the specific stream of certification. Please refer to the instructor/coach PD policy;

    • Submit PD points towards certification, please use the coaching updating form

    • PD credits are tracked in the NSEF and CAC/NCCP database and will appear on instructors/coaches NCCP transcripts once approved

  • Attend the NSEF Coach Symposium every two years.

More detailed information, for those EC instructors/coaches whose currency has lapsed due to incomplete PD credits beyond the given CAC renewal period, can be found at this link

Provincial Instructor/Coaching Updates & Other Instructor/Coaching Events

The NSEF strives to organize events for certified instructors/coaches professional development each year. For a complete list of instructor/coaching events, go to Upcoming Instructor/Coaching Events.


For more information contact us at or 902 425-5450 ext. 337

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