Ms. Elsie  Motau – the Qualifications Development Facilitator registered with the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations, guiding members of the Working Group in the building of the qualification which, when completed, will be submitted to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), for registration on the National Qualification Framework.

For many years, although our South African equestrian coach qualifications were in line with international standards, they were not officially recognised by government until 2008.

Levels up to Assistant Coach/Instructor have been written and approved by government, and CEEPSA, together with the disciplines and other stakeholders are now working on the next levels which will include specialization for each discipline.

Representatives from over 70% of the stakeholders met over the 8/9th of September together with a government representative, and we started profiling the qualification for Equestrian Sport Coach/Instructor for the next levels. (Just for interest sake the Organising Framework Code is 342204001).

It was an exciting and inspiring session, as – although the base will be generic we will be creating specialized coaches in line with each discipline’s requirements and needs.

Once we are finished and the qualification is gazetted, all of our current unqualified coaches will be able to RPL against the new qualifications where necessary.

It is really exciting that like-minded experts, even though the rules of the game may be different, are committed to developing a qualification that will be recognized by government and also endorsed by the various disciplines.

So we urge all our coaches to please carry on as they are. When Licensing comes into play in 2019 there may be clarity as to who will actually manage the licenses. Until then CEEPSA, EQASA and the disciplines involved which include Showjumping, Dressage, Endurance, Tentpegging, Eventing, Equitation, Racing and others, will carry on with our work to raise the standards of our coaches as well as the profile of these professionals.

We welcome any queries – please contact for any further information.


Equine/Equestrian Education Acronyms:

CEEPSA – Council of Equine & Equestrian Professionals of South Africa (a non-profit company with members) registration # NPC 2013/218031/08 and registered as a Professional Body with the SA Qualifications Authority – registration number 985.

DQP – Development Quality Partner (DQP) – A body delegated by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations to manage the process of developing specific occupational qualifications, part – qualifications, curricula and assessment specifications. The DQP for Equestrian Instructor/teacher/trainer/riding master/coach qualifications is CEEPSA.

ECASA – The Equestrian Coaches Association of South Africa (a non-profit company with members) registration # NPC 2011/136342/08, was formed to meet the needs for the Equestrian Coaches Commission as an affiliate member of the SA Equestrian Federation. Membership of the SAEF was awarded in September 2012. ECASA is no longer a member of the SAEF due to SAEF constitutional changes in 2015.

EQASA – Equestrian Qualifications Authority of Southern Africa – formerly known as the SANEF National Instructor’s Plan (a non-profit company) registration # NPC 2013/065969/08,

is an independent external assessment body for the equine and equestrian industry. It is recognised by SAQA as a provider of recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessments. It is also recorded as the Assessment Quality Partner in the service level agreement that CEEPSA has with the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations.

IEB – Independent Examinations Board – The IEB is an independent assessment body. They are accredited by UMALUSI for school and adult assessments, the QCTO for the Foundational Learning Competence and the ETDPSETA for accredited training courses.
The IEB offers external assessments in accordance with legislation and Umalusi directives for Schools registered at Grade 12 for the National Senior Certificate. This includes Distance Education centres. EQASA is the IEB appointed moderator for the grade 12 final examination.

IGEQ – International Group for Equestrian Qualifications. An International Organisation whose members from 35 countries agree to a minimum matrix of standards for equestrian coach/instructor/trainer qualifications. The respective members’ qualifications are acknowledged through the International Equestrian Passport which is recognised by the FEI. EQASA issues these passports in South Africa.



Q:  What are the horse care; horse management; riding and teaching SAQA (SA Qualifications Authority) identifying numbers of the existing registered qualifications for the Equine and Equestrian Industry

A:  SAQA ID 71469 Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices – NQF Level 04

      SAQA ID 67589 National Certificate: Equine Practices  – NQF Level 03

      SAQA ID 71491 National Certificate: Equine Studies National Certificate: Equine Studies -  NQF Level 02

      SAQA ID 58493 General Education and Training Certificate: Equine and Equestrian Practices -  NQF Level 01


Q: How were these qualifications developed?

A: The existing qualifications for the equine & equestrian industry were developed by members of the Standards Generating Body for Equine Management & Equestrian Instruction  that wrote four national qualifications and 86 unit standards (part-qualifications). The intent to continue with the development of further industry qualifications was registered with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations in March 2014.


Q: Who is tasked with developing further qualifications?

A:  The Community of Expert Practitioners (CEP) ratified at the QCTO scoping meeting in October 2015.

For equine and equestrian, the formation of this CEP is a follow on of the work of the Standards Generating Body for Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction. These qualifications and part-qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) are the underpinning skills required of all instructors/coaches and are aligned

to international standards.


Q:  Is Equine/Equestrian Studies offered at School?

A:  Yes, learners at both state and private high schools can take Equine Studies in grades 10; 11 and 12. They can select either the non-riding curriculum or the riding for which they need to be competing at a level higher than novice. EQASA is the IEB appointed moderator for the grade 12 theoretical and practical examination.

Q: Can I study equine/equestrian studies at university?

A: Yes, the Tshwane University of Technology offers a National Diploma – Equine Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology – Equine Science


Q;  What is an assessment quality partner (AQP)?

A:  A body delegated by the QCTO to manage and co-ordinate the external integrated summative assessments of specified NQF registered occupational qualifications and part-qualifications.

Q: Who is an Assessment Body?

A: An entity accredited/delegated by a Quality Council to conduct external summative assessment and moderate site-based assessment for specified qualifications, part-qualifications,

 or prior learning Based on the GENFETQA Act (Act 58 of 2001)


Q:  Who is an assessor?

A:  A person registered by an AQP for the purposes of conducting external assessment, a constituent assessor registered by a SETA or Professional Body.

Q: What is a career path?

A: The sequence and variety of occupations which a person undertakes throughout a lifetime or the progression up an orderly hierarchy within an organisation or profession

Q: What is continuing professional development (CPD)?

A: A range of learning activities through which professionals ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their scope of practice


Q: What is an external assessment?

A: Assessment conducted by a person or body that is not directly involved in the development and/or delivery of the learning programme


Q: What is the National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD)?

A: The electronic management information system of the NQF under the authority of SAQA, which contains records of qualifications, part-qualifications, learner achievements, recognised professional bodies, professional designations and all related information such as registrations and accreditations


Q:  What is the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

A: The comprehensive system, approved by the Minister: HET, for the classification, co-ordination, registration, and publication of articulated and quality-assured national qualifications and part- qualifications. The South African NQF is a single integrated system comprising three co-ordinated qualifications Sub-Frameworks for: General and Further Education and Training; Higher Education; and Trades and Occupations.


Q: What is a professional body?

A: Any body of expert practitioners in an occupational field; this includes an occupational body


Q: What is a Professional designation?

A: A title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practise in an occupational field. The designations registered with SAQA and assigned by CEEPSA are Equine Practitioner and Equestrian Practitioner.


Q: What is a Quality Council (QC)?

A: One of the three Councils tasked with developing and managing each of the Sub-Frameworks of the NQF in order to ensure that agreed quality standards are met: Council for Higher Education (CHE) – for the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework; Umalusi – for the General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Sub-framework and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) – for the Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework (OQSF).


Q: What is Recognition of Prior learning (RPL)?    

A: The principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated and assessed for the purposes of alternative access and admission, recognition and certification, or further learning and development. Both CEEPSA and EQASA are mandated to provide RPL.


Q: What is registration of a private provider?

A: The inclusion, by the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET), of a non-state-funded body that offers any education or training programme that leads to a qualification or part-qualification registered on the NQF, and that meets the minimum criteria set by the DHET for providers allowed to operate in South Africa. Registration is a pre-requisite for accreditation by the relevant Quality Council. Private skills development providers in trades and occupations are currently exempt from this requirement.

Q: What is registration of a professional person with a professional body?

A: The inclusion of a person on a list of professionals who have met the  requirements of a specific professional body for practice in that  profession; requirements usually include a specified initial qualification as well as CPD requirements, registration fees and adherence to a code of conduct


Q: What is a summative assessment?

A: Assessment conducted at the end of sections of learning, at the end of a whole learning programme, or at any point in the learning programme, to evaluate learning related to a particular qualification, part-qualification, or professional designation.


Q: Will my existing qualifications with EQASA and/or IGEQ passports remain valid?

A: All learners that are qualified against a recognised qualification and are registered with the professional body are recorded on the NLRD. As such that qualification is valid.





Shelly Beckbessinger M.D. receiving the CEEPSA Registration Certificate from Dr. Jody Sadras of SAQA at a ceremony earlier this year







What is a Professional Body?

• Professional Bodies have an interest in overseeing the establishment, development, maintenance, promotion and control of standards in education and training, ethical conduct and professional service and development within the frameworks of the specific professions.
What does a Professional Body do?
• Represents a recognised community of expert practitioners
• Protects the public interest in relation to services provided by its members
• Develops, awards, monitors and revoke its professional designations in terms of its own rules, legislation and/or international conventions
• Sets criteria for and promotes and monitors continuing professional development (CPD) for its members to meet the relevant professional designation requirements
• Publishes a code of conduct and operates a mechanism for the reporting and investigating of members who are alleged to have contravened the code
• Makes career advice related information available to SAQA
• Develops new qualifications under the QCTO

Examples of Published Background information on Professional Bodies registered with the SA Qualifications Authority

Council of Equine & Equestrian Professionals of South Africa (CEEPSA)

The mission of the Council of Equine and Equestrian Professionals is to provide one voice for a holistic; united and non-exclusionary forum for all persons engaged in a professional capacity as a service, or product supplier in the equine and equestrian industry in South Africa and; to bind these practitioners to the prime consideration of the welfare of the horse before profit in the pursuit of excellence in their delivery of service or product.

Historically, the equine industry in South Africa has been insular and fractured in delivery to the consumer. A large motivational factor to the formation of the professional body is to provide a unifying forum for all, in an industry which is governed by the singular cohesive factor, the horse.

Professional Body for Coaching & Mentoring in South Africa (COMENSA)

In the past few years, coaching and mentoring have assumed prominence in South Africa. Because coaching and mentoring are relatively new, still-emerging disciplines in South Africa, a group of experienced business and life coaches initiated a discussion process in 2004 to facilitate the development and professionalization of
these fields. The result was the launch, in 2006, of the Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) – an inclusive, umbrella professional association for individual and corporate providers of coaching and mentoring services.

COMENSA defines coaching as “a professional, collaborative and outcomes-driven method of learning that seeks to develop an individual and raise self-awareness so that he or she might achieve specific goals and perform at a more effective level”. Mentoring, the other hand, is defined by COMENSA as “a partnership in which a mentee is assisted in making significant advances in knowledge, perspective and vision in order to develop their full potential; the mentor’s wisdom is utilised by the mentee to facilitate and enhance new learning and insight.”

At its launch, the founding members agreed that COMENSA will be as inclusive as possible, and all interested stakeholders were encouraged to attend meetings and help to establish and define the approach and objectives of the association.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the controlling body for all high performance sport in South Africa and was formed as a Section 21 Company by representatives of all the sports bodies at a general meeting held on 27 November 2004. The main business of SASCOC is to promote and develop high performance sport as defined in the National Sport and Recreation Act 110 of 1998 as amended. In addition, SASCOC is responsible for the preparation and delivery of Team South Africa at all multi-sport international games including, but not limited, to the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Games and All Africa Games.

SASCOC is fully committed to a system based upon the principles of equal opportunity, non racialism
and non-sexism for all persons, and has dedicated itself to ensuring equitable development at national and representative level, which ensures the implementing of coordinated sports procedures and policies, which would ensure elite levels of athleticism.


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