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PCA NCAS Preliminary Coach Accreditation

Enrolment Pre-Requisites

Candidates must be:

  • 16 years of age to commence the NCAS Preliminary Coach Accrediation but must be 18 years of age or over before they can be assessed
  • a financial member of a Pony Club, affiliated through their State Association, with Pony Club Australia Inc.

Recognition of Prior Learning

As the Pony Club qualifications are not solely course based, the candidate’s prior learning can be recognised at any time.  
This can be achieved in one of two ways:
  • by providing evidence of formal coaching qualification from another equestrian organisation, or 
  • candidates with life skills, work experience or other formal training can assess the skills they have with the learning outcomes of the course and decide how much formal training they need prior to assessment
All candidates must complete the formal assessment activities as these are designed to determine the ultimate competence of the candidate in the Pony Club environment.

Equivalency recognition

A Pony Club certificate held from oversees that equates to an Australian qualification in full may be considered for equivalency recognition. Coaching Qualifications from other sources will require applicants to submit their qualification and detailed information on the course and its learning outcomes to the PCA Instructional Sub-committee for consideration.
  • Candidates must have a knowledge of riding and horse management to D & D* Level Pony Club and read the relevant reference material
  • How and Where to Apply:
  • The Preliminary Level Course Material and all reference books are available through the PCAV Shop. As at mid 2014 the approximate cost of completing the NCAS Preliminary Course is $110. There is a $15 fee for Registration with the Australian Sporting Commission; $50 for the PCAV costs; $30 for the Syllabus & Coaching Notes/Work/Logbook Kit. plus postage.


  • Candidates must purchase the Preliminary Level Course material and complete the workbook
  • Candidates must work with a mentor Coach to complete the coaching practice log book
  • Candidates undergo practical assessment coaching riders at D & D* Certificate level conducted by State approved Assessor

Updating Information

  • Current coaches needing to update their expiring accreditation can download the Code of Ethics and Coaching activity sheets below, fillout forms and post with a $15.00 cheque made out to Pony Club Association of Victoria to PCAV 73 - 75 Mackie Road, Mulgrave 3170.
  • Coaches who were accredited under the 2004 scheme and have been expired for an extended period of time can download the updating policy below, complete the updating activities as outlined and post to PCAV with cheque as above.


Coaching Outcomes

1. Role of the Coach

  1. Undertake the varied roles of a Pony Club coach
  2. Work effectively with parents, officials and administrators
  3. Develop and implement a personal coaching philosophy
  4. Outline the coach’s ethical responsibilities

2. Planning and Reviewing

  1. Plan a series of lessons for D/D* level riders
  2. Review effectiveness of plans

3. Risk Management

  1. Apply the principles of risk management to minimise injuries to  people  and horses
  2. Outline the legal responsibilities of the coach
  3. Implement minor incident management procedures

4. The Coach in Action

  1. Demonstrate effective group organisation
  2. Ensure the safety of riders and horses during the session.
  3. Manage group behaviour
  4. Conduct coaching sessions to teach basic skills
  5. Demonstrate effective communication strategies

5. Rider Development

  1. Plan and implement activities and lessons that consider the physical, social and emotional development of riders
  2. Cater for the individual differences of riders.

6. Horse Care

  1. Teach riders the D and D* horse care skills as outlined in the PCA Syllabus of Instruction.
  2. Provide advice to riders and their parents with regard to horse selection and care in accordance with PCA Syllabus of Instruction.

7. Riding Flatwork

  1. Teach riders the D and D* riding skills as outlined in the PCA Syllabus of Instruction.
  2. Teach rider exercises, agility, school figures and the use of the arena to D/D* standard. Including a Mounted Games activity.

8. Riding Jumping

  1. Teach riders to ride over trot poles and small jumps as outlined in the D and D* PCA Syllabus of Instruction

Other Links
 Click here for NCAS Preliminary Registration Form
 Click here for Code of Ethics
 Click here for Coaching Activity Sheet