1. INTRODUCTION

EQASA assessments, catering to all vocations with horses, are conducted regionally throughout any calendar year. Candidates from countries beyond South Africa’s borders are welcomed. If you would like to host an assessment in a town or province other than a current designated venue, we would be happy to consider requests based on your venue meeting our requirements and minimum candidate numbers. Requests can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

1.2 CERTIFICATE LEVELS

Certification is offered on a modular basis. Each professional designation requires it own skills sets. Please see the relevant headings and details for each module on this website. All candidates start with Module One and progress through the modules according to the learning pathway they choose.

For example: The non riding modules comprise of horse care and management skills;

Equine Professional – Grooms & Head Grooms

The SANIP Certificate of Stable Yard Skills - Stage 1 (Module 1)
The SANIP Certificate of Stable Yard Skills - Stage 2 (Module 2)

Equine Professional - Stable Yard Managers

The SANIP Certificate of Horsemastership (Module 3)

For example: The riding, teaching and competition coaching modules require competence at modules one; two and three plus assessments on personal riding ability; teaching and coaching skills. All the riding modules are designed for the specific career path being followed.

Equestrian Professional

The SANIP Certificate - Assistant Instructor (Module 4)
The SANIP Certificate – Professional Instructor / Coach International Level One (Module 5)
The SANIP Certificate – Professional Instructor / Coach International Level Two (Module 6)
The SANIP Certificate – Professional Instructor / Coach International Level Three (Module 7)


1.3 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & SPECIALISATIONS

To follow a career with horses, we require that all candidates understand the need for horse care and management competencies. The majority of career paths will require competence at modules one, two and three before specializations are selected. The module one, two and three competencies are thus portable across many career paths.
In addition to the full certifications listed above, a variety of standalone part-qualifications are also available. Please see the relevant document on www.sanip.org.za or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International Western Riding; Vaulting; Driving; Tourism; Endurance and Therapeutic (in association with SARDA) Instructor Qualifications are also offered by EQASA. Discipline coaches of all twenty-one Equestrian competition disciplines e.g. Tentpegging, are accommodated in the discipline/s of their choice.
Candidates of these disciplines are required to complete the Module one, two and three components. The requirements for modules 4 and up are available on request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

1.4 INTERNATIONAL GROUP FOR EQUESTRIAN QUALIFICATIONS

Through our membership of the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications, (IGEQ), holders of the EQASA Coach’s Certificate (Level 1, 2 or 3) are entitled to apply for International Equestrian Passports.

1.5 FIRST AID CERTIFICATES

A recognized Level One Certificate in First Aid is compulsory at Modules 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Candidates may take the examinations prior to obtaining a First Aid Certificate, but EQASA qualifications are only awarded once candidates are in possession of a current First Aid Certificate.

1.6 PREPAREDNESS TRAINING FOR THE EQASA ASSESSMENTS

Practical experience is a prerequisite. Candidates are responsible for self-study and are reminded that EQASA does not offer any preparedness training for assessments. Attendance of any training course is undertaken by the individual, of their own free will and is not a compulsory requirement for the assessments. EQASA welcomes structured training initiatives but, does not endorse, accredit or recommend any one establishment. It is suggested that candidates looking to further their education with private initiative establishments ensure that the training body is registered with of the Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals of South Africa (CEEPSA). EQASA Regional Directors’ are happy to advise candidates of seminars or training programmes in their areas.

 

NPC Number

Equestrian Qualifications Authority of Southern Africa NPC 2013/065969/08

(Member of the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications)