Training and Qualifications

Training and Qualifications

All RDA groups provide training through NZRDA-approved courses. Training is available at all levels and is compulsory for all personnel. It ensures the utmost safety and enjoyment for everyone involved – personnel and participants. All NZRDA coaches are required to have a current First Aid Certificate.

The NZRDA training programmes are implemented and managed by the NZRDA National Training Manager and Training Team. We offer the following courses:

Introductory Course (held at each RDA group)

  • Volunteer Training Course (compulsory for all RDA personnel)
  • Leading/ Sidewalking, Mounting/Dismounting workshops
  • Medical conditions workshops
  • Group requested Workshops
  • Annual Coach Training Course

National Training Seminar

This is held each year and consists of educational workshops and sessions, along with discussion on matters of significance to all groups and riders. It is a great way to gain extra knowledge and meet other members in the national RDA network.

We offer a training pathway for those interested in become either a Coach or to increase their horsemanship skills, which can lead to employment. This is made up of three qualifications that are recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

NZQA Accredited Qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine skills level 2
  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine (Therapeutic riding Assistant Coach) Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Equine (Therapeutic Riding Coach) Level 4

We are able to offer these qualifications through our partnership with the Primary ITO.

To find out more about the training we offer, please contact the National Training Manager, Dna Wells on 021 629 271 or email