Qualifications and External Assessment Criteria For Equestrian Coach/Instructor/Trainer/Teacher in South Africa

There has been some confusion regarding Equestrian Coaches Qualifications, and both the Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals of South Africa (CEEPSA) and the Equestrian Qualifications Authority of Southern Africa (EQASA) would like to confirm the following:
1. CEEPSA is a government recognised Professional Body for the Industry and has been given the mandate to develop the Equestrian Coach/Instructor/Trainer/Teacher Qualifications by the relevant government body.
2. EQASA is the mandated External Assessment Body for the above qualification - again mandated by the relevant government body.

This means that EQASA will continue to be the external assessor for Equestrian Coach/Instructor/Trainer/Teacher and these qualifications will continue to be recognised internationally.
CEEPSA registers their members who are qualified on the National Learners Register Database.
The recognition of CEEPSA by government has been a breakthrough for our industry as our professional equine and equestrian practitioners will now be regarded as such in the ambit of the National Qualifications Framework.
National standards are set by EQASA in consultation with identified stakeholders to ensure validity and consistency of external summative assessments.
Partnered with CEEPSA we will continue to grow our industry which includes over 60 career paths.

The legislative and regulatory frameworks that refer are:
• the National Qualifications Framework Act 67 of 2008 with regard to the recognition of Professional Bodies that are registered with the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and,
• the Skills Development Act, Act No. 97 of 1998 as amended, with regard to the appointments by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) for the development and assessment of these qualifications.

For further information please contact Di Pieterse – Managing Director of EQASA / 044 871 5331 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / www.sanip.org.za

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