Pathway Questions and Answers


Now that the pathway has been in place or almost twelve months, we are busy working with coaches to see where we might need to make critical changes. These will be made in January 2020 and all coaches and key RDA regional coaching role holders will be informed so that they can use the new updated resources for the modules. 

Q: Does the new pathway affect what I already do?
A: Absolutely not – the mapping has been done to ensure that any coach previously qualified to deliver sessions will still be able to do this. 

Q: I’ve heard a rumour that there is a change in rules for Showjumping?
A: Yes – we now allow all Groups to automatically be registered to deliver L1 Showjumping.  This means that as long as poles stay on the ground and horses are not cantering, then you do not need to register Showjumping as an activity at the group and be separately assessed.  BUT as soon as you feel you want to progress to L2 you must firstly get the Group trustees to register as a Showjumping Group and then as a coach you will need to attend training and assessment.

Q: What’s the difference between Pink and Green Coach Certificates?
A: Coaches with a Coach Certificate (Pink) are able to coach sessions within their own Group.  Coaches with Coach Certificate (Green) are able to coach in any RDA Group.  Ultimately we want to give coaches more flexibility to coach where they want.

Q: Am I restricted on what sessions I can coach?
A: Only where you do them, as above. We no longer restrict the ages or disability type that you coach – it is for you and other members of the group to assess riders individually and whether you feel you are appropriately trained and therefore confident being able to coach them. We would like coaches to access as much learning as possible in order to continually develop their knowledge and skills. Always seek the assistance of your regional physio if there is any question over a rider assessment. Ultimately, the participant’s goals, beneficial experience and therapeutic outcome is of highest importance. 

Q: If I have a Pink certificate how can I get a Green one?
A: To be awarded a Coach Certificate (Green) a Coach in Training or Coach Certificate (Pink) will need to have completed all the coaching modules and coached (under supervision)  at least twice in other groups before completing an assessment for both an individual and group session.  There is a sheet in the Passport to evidence your sessions in two other groups. (If you have recently been awarded a Coach Certificate (Pink) and have therefore already completed the modules associated with the Coach Certificate, and they have been signed off in your passport, then you will not need to do them again. Your Coach Developer should have noted some action points for you to work on, until you have that outside experience, before coming forwards to be assessed for your Coach Certificate (Green).

Q:  As an existing trainee coach, do I have to do all the new modules before I can be assessed?
A:  Yes you will now need to do all modules before being eligible for assessment to Coach Certificate.

Q: What should we do with the old Log Books?
A: If you are an existing Coach we ask that you take out any old assessment and review paperwork and put them in your new Passports (up to 3 reviews max).  The rest of it is no longer needed so try to store it somewhere until you feel confident knowing you no longer need it…..we know, it’s a leap of faith!  Feedback was very strong from coaches that they didn’t want lots of paperwork and actually a lot of coaches had Log Books that had out-of-date information in them and it was difficult to find anything. 
We don’t want passports to become the same – only keep certificates and evidence of training in them. 

Page Last Updated: September 24, 2019