SC275RDA riding coaches are qualified under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. Riding for the Disabled Association of Victoria, through Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia, provides training to its volunteers/coaches through an accredited training system in 3 progressive stages:

  • Orientation to Coaching (OTC) (Riding and Carriage Driving)
  • Level 1 (Riding, Carriage Driving and Vaulting)
  • Level 2 (Riding)

How to become a Trainee Coach

RDAV recommends that prospective trainees volunteer at a Centre for approximately 6 months prior to undertaking training (depending on level of equestrian and disability industry experience) to undergo volunteer training and become familiar with the RDA environment.

All RDAV Coaches must have a current Working with Children Check.

If you have a current PCAV or EA qualification you can be recognised for prior learning, please check out the fact sheet here.

Ensure your local Centre has endorsed your training application

Contact your State Coaching Coordinator to register as a Trainee Coach on (03) 9258 4722 or at (Wednesday to Friday only) and for any information regarding pre-requisites for training, the application process and access to learning resources.

Trainee coaches are assessed against:

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

Trainee coaches :

Work through the RDAA Workbook under the guidance of a Coach Educator.

Participate in practical & written activities. Demonstrate competences against performance criteria/learning outcomes.

Experience a range of expertise & coaching styles.

Signed off by a Coach Educator

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.

How to qualify as an RDAA Assessor

Qualified RDAA Assessor need to complete additional assessment activities & be assessed on their competence as an assessor. Please contact your State Association to find out about how you can train to be an Assessor.

RDAA Assessors

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

OTC & 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.

Who to contact

If interested in becoming an accredited Coach, Coach Educator or Assessor please contact the Victorian State Coaching Coordinator. Additional information is available from RDAA or the National Coaching & Safety Committee.

Download Forms:

Orientation To Coaching (Riding)
Level 1 (Riding)
Level 2 (Riding)

Orientation to Coaching (Carriage Driving)
Level 1 (Carriage Driving)

Level 1 (Vaulting) 

All RDA Victorian Coaches need a Working with Children Check and a current volunteer form, to see who else needs a WWCC see image below.