Skills Recognition for Coaches

Equestrian Australia is making it easier for individuals to count prior qualifications and experience towards gaining accreditation as an EA NCAS coach. As part of EA’s new skills recognition policy, current coaches or those individuals wishing to enter the program may use formal training, work and life experiences as well as competition results towards upgrading or attaining their coaching qualifications. To download the full policy click here 

To to find out if you have suitable qualifications that may be counted towards an EA NCAS coaching accreditation please begin by taking this short online questionnaire.

Please refer to the Skills Recognition Policy – Information for Applicants document to understand the details of the pathway, the costs involved and how to apply to have these qualifications recognised by Equestrian Australia. 

How to Apply

To view application information related specifically to your qualfiications please see which statement which best applies to you:

1. I am a non-Australian coach with an IGEQ Passport or I am a non-Australian coach with qualifications listed on the IGEQ equivalency matrix - click here

The International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ) is an independent voluntary organisation of 35 national equestrian federations which has compared and harmonised equestrian instructor qualifications, producing an agreed matrix of minimum requirements at three international levels for six disciplines. Find out more about the OGEQ passport and the matrixes  

2. I have formal qualifications from a Registerd Training Organisation (such as TAFE or University) or an Australian Horse Riding Centre (AHRC) - click here

3. I have a PCA Efficiency Certificate or Coaching Accreditation - click here

A key feature of the new skills recognition initiative is the reciprocal accreditation scheme between EA and PCA (Pony Club Australia) which allows coaches of both organisations to apply for accreditation from the other, using the skills which they have developed as part of the accreditation they currently possess.A series of tables highlighting skills that coaches can count towards a course offered by the reciprocal organisation is available here

4. I have been coaching without a recognised qualification - click here

5. I am a rider who has competed to an elite or competitive level - click here