RDAA Coach Education System

RDA riding coaches are qualified under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. They have skills in horsemastership, safety, medical knowledge, first aid, teaching, selection and training of horses. Many are also highly qualified and experienced in other professions including special education, physiotherapy and other para-medical fields.

Each week over 3000 volunteers at RDA centres across Australia donate their time to assist 4000 children and adults with disabilities enjoy the therapeutic benefits of horse related activities

RDAA is desperately short of trained accredited coaches and is actively seeking to increase the number of trained coaches as:

  • Number of trained coaches directly corresponds with client waiting lists
  • Number of centres that can be open and operational

RDAA provides training to its coaches through an accredited training system in 3 progressive stages:

 />  Orientation to Coaching (OTC)        />  Level 1        />  Level 2


Who to contact

If you are interested in becoming an accredited RDA Coach, Coach Educator or Assessor please contact in the first instance, the State Coaching Coordinator. Additional information is available from RDAA or the National Coaching & Safety Committee. Please click on the map on the left hand side of the page.

How to become a Trainee Coach

Prior to commencing training:

  • Ensure your local centre management committee has endorsed your training request
  • Contact your RDA State Coaching Coordinator to register as a Trainee Coach
  • States will provide information regarding pre-requisites for training, the application process and access to learning resources
To become an RDA Riding or Carriage Driving Trainee Coach, download the relevant form below and sumbit it to your State Coaching Coordinator.
Please note: For existing Level 0 Coaches, Applications for Level 1 and Level 2 are available through the Coaches Portal. Click here to login

Trainee coaches :

  • Work through the RDA Workbook under the guidance of a Coach Educator
  • Participate in practical and written activities
  • Demonstrate competencies against performance criteria/learning outcomes
  • Experience a range of expertise and coaching styles
  • Signed off by a Coach Educator

Trainee coaches are assessed against:

  • Performance criteria (or learning outcomes) outlined in the RDAA Coaching Workbook
  • Standards are benchmarked against industry standards (Pony Club, EFA and Horse Industry Code of Practice)

How to become a Coach Educator

  • Any Level 1 or Level 2 Coach can be a Coach Educator for coach training
  • Coaches are encouraged to regularly update their skills

RDA National Assessors

All RDA National Assessors are qualified coaches have undertaken training in the assessment process and been assessed on their assessment skills.

  • OTC and Level 1 trainees can be assessed by any Level 1 or Level 2 coach who has qualified as an RDAA Assessor.
  • Level 2 coaches can be assessed by any Level 2 coach who has qualified as an RDAA Assessor.

How to qualify as an RDA National Assessor

  • Qualified RDA National Assessors need to complete additional assessment activities and be assessed on their competence as an assessor.
  • Please contact your State Association about how you can train to be an Assessor.

RDAA Coaches Portal

A secure online coaches’ portal has been developed for the RDAA national website with a generous grant from The Myer Foundation and The Sidney Myer Fund Capacity Building Grant ‘Celebrating our Partners Project’.

Please click on http://www.rda.org.au/videodemo.aspx to view a short demo which explains how coaches can access and use the new coaches’ portal.

To all RDA Coaches:

Please click on http://www.rda.org.au/videodemo-signup.aspx to view a short demo which explains how you can sign up for the new coaches’ portal.

[NB: Both videos have voiceovers so please make sure you have sound enabled]

When you have watched the videos click on the Coaches’ Logo on the right hand side of RDAA home page and sign up. Once approved by the RDAA Online Administrator you will receive an email confirming your registration. Once registered, you will have 24/7 access to the coaches’ portal. It’s as easy as that!

NB: It is recommended that you check your online details as soon as you have been approved.