Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The CPD Programme is a vital element of the HSI Coaching Programme. It ensures HSI Accredited coaches meet their professional obligation to deliver top quality coaching to their riders. Participation in this programme helps coaches develop their technical skills, delivery styles and increases their knowledge base. The CPD Programme also gives riders confidence in the level of training they are receiving, knowing that the coach is part of an assured professional development programme.

Full CPD criteria is available in the HSI CPD Policy document available below.

CPD Criteria Policy

Coaches who engage in coach shadowing sessions with higher level coaches and HP directors may claim CPD points as outlined within the CPD Criteria Policy. Coaches must submit a Coach Shadowing Form for each session observed, signed and dated by the coach delivering the sessions. Please note, coaches will be allocated 1 CPD point upon successful review and for every three sessions shadowed.

CPD Coach Shadowing Form

If you are attending and/or organising an event that may qualify for CPD points, please complete the CPD Event Points Request From available at the link below.

CPD Event Points Request Form

Coaches are requested to submit an end of year report card, available at the link below.

CPD End of Year Report Card

Coaching Events and Webinars

Horse Sport Ireland Coaching events and webinars offer coaches a unique opportunity to further their learning and engage with industry experts from the world from the comfort of their own home.

These events provide coaches with an opportunity to learn from and observe leading industry experts in both a theory and practical setting.

CPD points awarded for events vary depending on the duration of the event.

Although the webinars are aimed towards HSI coaches, they are open to anyone with an interest in the topics – several of the webinars may be of interest to riders, owners and breeders.

Online eLearning CPD Opportunities

Sport Ireland Anti-Doping: 

  • Sport Ireland Athlete Anti-Doping E-Learning programme.
  • 1 CPD point for HSI coaches upon completion and submission of e-certificate
  • Available by clicking HERE

Horse Sport Ireland One Good Coach

  • 1 CPD point for HSI coaches upon completion and submission of e-certificate
  • Available by clicking HERE

Requirements for inclusion on the Active Accredited Coaches List

  • Current, valid First Aid Certificate
  • Valid Safeguarding 1 Certificate
  • Garda Clearance / Access NI Vetting (completed through HSI)
  • A minimum of 5 CPD points per annum for inclusion on the HSI Active Accredited Coaches List

CPD allocation and accreditation year runs from 1st December to 30th November.

More information:

If you require any further information please email:

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