Coaching Pathway Update 

If you would like to begin your Coaching Pathway and are not sure where to start there is now a guide to help with each step of the way. Click HERE to get started…

There are plenty of training days being held in groups, counties and regions that you can attend and take part in the practical modules needed to gain your Coach Certificate. Dates may go out on your regional website and if sent in to RDA National Office, they will appear on our coaching events page too.

Resources for volunteer modules along with resources for the Coach Certificate modules for Regional, County and Group Coaches to use, when delivering modules are all available using the subheadings to the left of this page. If there is anything you need help with, or if you like to know if there are more supporting resources available please email  

The Pathway is available on this page to the right in the green links. The document that explains exemptions for external qualifications is also attached. All modules listed on the pathway must be completed unless you have confirmed that you are exempt with a member of the coaching team. External qualifications must have been taken in the last three year, unless CPD can be show or a coach with BHS qualifications is on the APC register. 

We have started a list of answers to popular questions….click on the page to your left, within the subheadings.

A link for the e-learning page is here. You will need to sign up if you haven’t already. Modules connected to the pathway, which you can do through e-learning are: Volunteer Modules; Disability Awareness, Equine Knowledge. Coach Certificate Modules; Pre-Assessment Checklist and Safeguarding (you must have completed a face to face safeguarding course the first time and every alternate time you refresh).

We now have a fantastic library of coach submitted resources. It can be found here or by the link on the left. This will include any session plans that you send to National office, alongside any approved presentations or other content relevant to any aspect of the Coaching Pathway. If you would like to have content published in our library please email it to 

This year’s conference will be held on the 13th-14th of October. Sunday will be spent with speakers in the afternoon and a gala dinner, including the coaching awards, followed by a day of practical demonstrations at our National Training Centre on Monday. To book on please click the Coaching Conference subheading in the green banner to the left of this page. 

Mechanical Horses

Only RDA Coaches who hold their Coach Certificate (Pink) or above may coach a session on a mechanical horse. Coaches in Training must have a qualified coach with them at all times throughout a session with a mechanical horse. The usual mounting and dismounting processes applies and there should be enough volunteers to help with this as necessary. Volunteers should not be left unattended with riders mounted on a mechanical horse. 

Safeguarding – A Coach’s Responsibility

Safeguarding is never an easy topic to consider, or rather the consequence of not having safeguarding in place!  In RDA we pride ourselves with providing a safe environment for all involved; riders, drivers, volunteers, staff and coaches.

Whilst RDA requires every group to have a Safeguarding Officer (SO), it can still leave a gap in knowledge and skills if a safeguarding issue arises during an RDA session. Some coaches attend safeguarding training as part of their qualifications pathway, but not all. It is now a requirement for ALL coaches, assessed to deliver RDA sessions without supervision (i.e. all except Coaches in training), to have attended a Safeguarding Workshop.

All coaches will need to refresh their training every 3 years. If there are coaches who have attended workshops in the past, but have not refreshed in the last 3 years, they will also need to attend workshops as a refresher to remain compliant and/or ensure their accreditation remains current. Certificates should be kept in the coach’s logbook and checked at assessments and reviews.

If you are at the stage where you need to re-fresh your safeguarding certificate, you can now use the RDA Safeguarding E-learning course that has been specifically tailored to RDA. To sign up and start using the E-learning facility, please click here.

If you need any additional information on Safeguarding or to contact someone if you have safeguarding concern please click here for more information.





Page Last Updated: October 7, 2019