Learning

About the Qualifications

New Zealand Riding for the Disabled provides opportunities for volunteers to undertake NZQA qualifications in Equine at Levels 2, 3 and 4.

 

New Zealand Certificate in Equine Skills (Level 2)

This qualification focuses on entry level equine skills for volunteers and those wanting to work along the coaching pathway.

It enables individuals to gain skills in looking after horses.

  • 6 unit standards
  • Should be completed in 9 months or less

 

New Zealand Certificate in Equine (Therapeutic Riding – Assistant Coach) (Level 3)

This qualification focuses on the skills needed for those who are in an assistant coach role at RDA groups.

It teaches the specific skills required for an RDA setting including: understanding riders who come to RDA, adapting programmes, and providing a safe environment for this.

  • 10 unit standards
  • Should be completed in 16 months or less

 

New Zealand Certificate in Equine (Therapeutic Riding – Coach) (Level 4)

This qualification focuses on the skills needed for those who are in a coach’s role at RDA groups and who have completed their Level 3 qualification.

It covers more specialist skills needed for developing RDA programmes and working as part of a wider RDA team.

  • 10 unit standards
  • Should be completed in 24 months or less