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EA NCAS Coach Accreditation
NCAS stands for National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and was started in 1980 by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). NCAS is not specific to equestrian, there are nearly 100 Sports registered with the NCAS program.
Entry level is Introductory which is aimed at coaches who want to specialise in coaching beginners. Level 3 is the highest standard of accreditation - and is for coaches who work in the high performance areas and/or coach elite riders.
At present Equestrian Australia offers coach accreditation in:
General, Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, Vaulting and Carriage Driving
Below is an overview of the EA Coach Accreditation framework (click on each for Course Outline)
Those units are:
1. Riding/Driving 2. Horse Management 3. Coaching
The reasoning for completion of the horse management and riding certificates prior to commencing the coaching unit is that the practical skills/knowledge gained in the Riding and Horse Management courses provide the underpinning knowledge that a coach would be aiming to teach/convey/pass on to their students.
Introductory Coach Course:
Is designed to provide the candidate with essential skills and knowledge to offer basic equestrian coaching in a safe and nurturing environment. This course is the fundamental course underpinning all equestrian coaching courses.
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Level 1 Coach Course:
The course builds on the knowledge and skills covered in the Introductory course. The course provides the coach with the knowledge to teach and develop a learner’s skills to participate within equestrian sports, at competition entry levels across, Dressage, Jumping, Eventing. Also available are Carriage Driving and Vaulting.
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