Continuous Professional Development (CPD) System for HSI Accredited Coaches

  • 28 August 2015, 13:09


Continuing coach education is a constant process and all Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) accredited coaches should maintain and develop the skills, knowledge and competencies relevant to their current professional status. As a result, the HSI Coaching Continuous Professional Development (CPD) system will become compulsory in 2015/2016.

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 website. Credits can be gained by coaches attending coaching courses, seminars and workshops which are relevant to the HSI Coaching Programme.

The CPD year will run from 1st December 2015 to 31st November 2016. However, in the interest of fairness for the first year of the programme, CPD credits can be included from January 2015 to 31st November 2016. Please note that it is the responsibility of each individual coach to maintain records, certificates or other evidence of compliance with the CPD system and to submit these to the Coaching Department in Horse Sport Ireland within one month of the end of the accreditation year; i.e. 31st November 2016.

This system will benefit coaches greatly, assisting coaches to provide the best possible level of training to their clients whilst maintaining a quality qualification standard. It will improve the career prospects and the confidence of coaches through constant up-skilling and education.

Please remember that all coaches are also required to hold a valid Occupational First Aid course or BHS Equine Specific First Aid course certificate as well as a Child Protection / Awareness course certificate and completed Garda Vetting and /or Access NI vetting.

For full information on the system, please download the CPD Programme guidelines and Report Card.

If you have any questions or queries please the Coaching department on +353 45 854533 or +353 45 854512 or email


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