The Equestrian Passport offers easy to carry confirmation of instructor qualifications (useful both at home and overseas) and is available only to those from IGEQ member national federations holding eligible qualifications from their own national equestrian federation. Please see mapping of competencies HERE.

It enables instructors to have their qualifications recognised and accepted in IGEQ member countries thus easing the difficulties of teaching in other parts of the world (subject to national legal requirements).  Note that in some countries qualifications and licences to teach are issued by a Ministry of Sport not the national equestrian federation.  All passport holders are strongly recommended to contact the federation of their chosen new country to ensure they will be eligible for a licence to teach BEFORE they make firm arrangements or move.  They should also apply for a passport from their home Federation BEFORE they move to another country.

It is important to note that instructors recognised by another IGEQ member Federation to work at the level of their passport are NOT eligible to receive a certificate at the same level from that Federation.  Harmonisation does not give the right to demand a further certificate at the same level without completing that equestrian federation's coursework.

This system displays what foreign qualification is equivalent against the EA Coaching System, but is only applicable if the applicant holds a current IGEQ Passport. Instructors wishing to obtain an IGEQ passport must apply to their national equestrian federation.  Passports are not available to individuals from IGEQ, only from their national equestrian federation.

Step 1:

If you have an IGEQ Passport please email a copy directly to [email protected] to be mapped into our qualifications.

If you do not hold an IGEQ Passport, please obtain a written endorsement from a Coach Educator, and complete the Skills Recognition Resource Order Form (  EA_Skills_Recognition_Order_Form_Apr2018.pdf ), and submit it to [email protected].

The endorsement from a Coach Educator may be given in the format of the Familiarisation process: 

Step 2:

Once we have received the above documents, we will advise you of any gap requirements that need to be completed.

Step 3:

Ensure you have the following:

  • Current EA membership
  • First Aid Certificate with CPR
  • Working With Children Check
  • ASADA Level 1 Anti-Doping Certificate

Step 4:

Once your application has been approved, with a current EA Coach Educator (CE) you will need to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt the training session, facilities and lesson plan to meet EA Standards and be familiar with EA structure and policy
  • Attend a coach update and familiarisation with a Coach Educator (this may have already been completed above).

Step 5:

Upon the completion of these requirements you should download the New Coach Registration form from the Coach Resources page, complete and submit it for processing, and commence practising as an EA Coach.