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About Coach Education

1. What is the FEI Coaching System? The FEI Coach Education Programme (oriented towards competitions) is based on providing courses for coaches under the direction of FEI appointed Tutors who will initiate the system in developing regions.

2. Why was the System created? The FEI Coach Education Programme (CEP) was created to help developing NFs to organise their own coaching structure. The system uses an agreed syllabus  and helps to develop the NF's sport using local coaches. The coaches receive a Certificate of Attendance or Achievement following their participation in a Course for Coaches recognasing their status as NATIONAL Coach Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. It is important to understand that the FEI CEP is an “ongoing” training rather than “formal” education, which was created for developing NFs, but coaches are Certified and Recognized by their National Federation. Each NF is responsible for keeping track of their coaches (level, competence, activity) and their pupils. Coaches that have gone through the FEI Coach Education Programme are considered by the FEI as National Coaches (for example: URU Level 1, URU Level 2, etc.), but only the National Federation has the authority to recognize this as an official role/function based on the particular requirements of the country.

The role of "Coach" is not an official function recognized by the FEI (contrarily to judges, TDs, and other officials) therefore they do not appear in the FEI Database and do not have an FEI ID for coaches

3. To whom is our System addressed? The system is aimed at Practicing Coaches in Developing Federations. 

4. How does the System work? The courses are held on a national or regional basis . The Categorization & Financing Procedure will help you to decide which courses are most suitable for your country/region.

 
a. The Level 1 Olympic disciplines
 
The aim of the Level 1 Course for Coaches is to cover the essential areas necessary to work competently as a Level I Coach, with an emphasis on skill development, participation and enjoyment. The Level I syllabus covers all events, and emphasises the practical aspects of coaching. Successful candidates will receive a Level I Coach Certificate of Attendance which is issued jointly by the NF and the FEI. The Level I certified coach will also be expected to understand the concept of long term planning of training and be able to plan and implement effective training sessions.
 
b. The Level 2 Olympic disciplines
 
The aim of the Level 2 Course for Coaches is to cover the essential areas necessary to work competently as an independent equestrian coach up to Elementary level in the short and medium term. Participants of the Level 2 course will be assessed throughout the course.  If they achieve the necessary standard, they will be awarded the Level 2 Coach Certificate of Achievement, issued jointly by the FEI and NF. The Level 2 coach will be certified to teach independently.
 
Entry requirements for the Level 2 course include a specific Profile of Achievement on Level 1 Course, completion of a minimum of one year practical experience, submission of logbook and nomination for the Level 2 course by the FEI Tutor.
 
c. The Level 3 Olympic disciplines
 
The aim of the Level 3 Course for Coaches is to cover the essential areas necessary to train to compete independently national Individuals & Teams at international 2** competition level (PSG in Dressage). Participants of the Level 3 Course will be assessed throughout the course, subsequent to submission of a season logbook and a written & oral exam.  If they achieve the necessary standard, they will be awarded the Level 3 Coach Certificate of Competences, issued jointly by the FEI and NF.
 
Entry requirements for the Level 3 course include a specific Profile of Achievement on Level 2 Course, Minimum 2 years active coaching experience at 2** competition level (PSG for Dressage) and Attendance at 2 specific FEI workshops between Level 2 and 3 (workshop Technical and /or workshop Tactical, Mental, Physical, Lifestyle, etc.).
 
d. The Level 1 Vaulting
 
The aim of the Level 1 Course for Vaulting Coaches is to provide coaches with the ability to prepare horses and vaulters for competitions at elementary level. The Level 1 Vaulting emphasises basic skills, develop participation and enjoyment. Successful candidates will receive a Level I Vaulting Coach Certificate of Attendance which is issued jointly by the NF and the FEI. The Level I certified coach will also be expected to plan and implement effective training sessions.
 
e. The Level 1 Endurance
 
The aim of the Level 1 Course for Endurance Coaches is to provide coaches with the ability to prepare horses and athletes for competitions at novice national level up to CEI1* 80km. The Level 1 Endurance covers the essential areas necessary to work competently at novice level, with an emphasis on skill development, participation and enjoyment. Successful candidates will receive a Level 1 Endurance Coach Certificate of Attendance which is issued jointly by the NF and the FEI. The Level I certified coach will also be expected to plan and implement effective training sessions.
 

6. Certifications

The certificates delivered at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 recognise professional competences but are not qualified Diploma.

7. Apply for a course: click here (coach-education-form) to be re-directed.

8. Supporting documents Click here to be re-directed to the Documents Page

 
Please note that it is possible to apply for financial assistance to cover the organisational costs of the courses for coaches via the Olympic Solidarity Wold Programme for coaches. For more information on all OS programmes, please refer to our Olympic Solidarity Page. This apply for Olympic Equestrian Disciplines only.