Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Horse Sport Ireland has instigated a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for all Level 1 Level 2 and Level 3 Coaches. HSI are very keen that all Coaches constantly progress their coaching skills and this is the premise on which the CPD programme is based. This system is now compulsory participation for all coaches. If you have any further enquiries about the programme, please contact the Coaching Department on Tel: 045 854 512 or email: cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie

CPD Programme Guidelines and CPD Report Card

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Continuing Coach Education is a constant process by which Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) Coaches listed as Accredited Coaches by HSI, maintain and develop the skills, knowledge and competencies relevant to their current professional status.

The Continuous Professional Development system operated by the HSI Coaching Department will be overseen by the Coaching Steering Group. The system will be based on accumulation of credits on an  annual basis. A minimum number of credits will be required annually by a Coach wishing to remain  active on the HSI Coaching Register which is published on the web.

Credits may be obtained through attendance/ participation at courses and seminars at home and  overseas. The following information will be required post the event:

  1. Name & address of the Provider of the course / event
  2. The title of the course / event, its location, a description of the subject matter covered and the names of the Tutors.
  3. The dates attended.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Current, valid First Aid Certificate
  • Valid Child Protection Certificate
  • Garda Clearance

Minimum credit requirement for retention of Accredited Coach status per annum = 5

The Accreditation year will run from 1st December 2016 to 30th November 2017.

Why CPD?

Why must HSI coaches join the CPD system?

  • Professional obligation – it is the duty of each Coach to provide the best possible level of training to their clients
  • Client expectation – Clients will have more confidence in the level of training they are receiving knowing that the Coach is part of an assured CPD system.
  • Personal Satisfaction – increasing confidence based on gaining more knowledge and interaction with your peers.
  • Maintain a Quality Qualification Standard – HSI must ensure that all accredited coaches constantly upskill in order to maintain the high level of coaching associated with the HSI Coaching qualifications.
  • Improves career prospects.

Extensions and Waivers of CPD Requirements:

  • The Coaching Steering Committee may grant or deny, in part or in total, an application for extension or waiver of CPD requirements, upon proof that circumstances beyond the Coach’s control prevented completion of such requirements.
  • The Coaching Steering Committee may, in individual cases involving medical disability or protracted illness of the coach grant waivers of the CPD requirements or extensions of time within which to fulfill the same.
  • In such instances a written request must be submitted.

CPD Credit Allocation

CPD Events of not less than ½ day duration

  • Child Protection – Code of Ethics & Good Practice – 1 credit 
  • Coaching courses / Seminars / Events / Workshops
    • Horse Sport Ireland – 2-3 credits 
    • Hosted by HSI Affiliates e.g. Eventing Irl, SJI, Dressage Irl, AIRE, AIRC etc. (Prior verification required) 1-2 credits
    • Hosted by FEI / BHS / Other National Federations (Prior verification required)  1-2 credits 
    • Hosted by Coaching Ireland – 3 credits 

Linked e.g. Computer courses; Health & Safety; physical development; mental development – 1 credit

Note: Courses delivered by providers other than HSI and Coaching Ireland must contain content relevant to the HSI Coaching Programme , Levels 1, 2 and 3. If proposing to attend a course and unsure  whether it is appropriate for a Credit allocation, please contact the Coaching Department for prior  verification.

It is the responsibility of each Coach to maintain records, certificates or other evidence of compliance with the CPD requirements and to submit these to Horse  Sport Ireland, Coaching Department within 1 month of the end of the Accreditation year. Any coach who does not acquire the required number of credits and submit sufficient evidence of same will be removed from the ‘active’ list of coaches.

More information

If you require any further information please contact Catherine Farrell in Horse Sport Ireland. Email cfarrell@horsesportireland.ie or phone 045 854533 / 045 854512.

HSI reserves the right to modify, alter or add to accreditation requirements in accordance with updates to HSI Coaching Programmes.