Safety and Coaching
Certifications

CFMA Safety and
Coaching Registry

The CFMA Safety and Coaching Registry safeguards our exciting sport through implementing and following strong policies, training, and certification processes.  Because Mounted Archery is a relatively new and quickly growing sport, oversight at the level of education, club training, and competition development is one of our primary means to mitigate risk to our archers and horses and the sport, and in turn to keep our accidents few and our club insurance expenses low.

The CFMA maintains a certification registry for the titles of Safety Officers, Instructors, and Coaches.  Safety Officers are present at club training events to ensure oversight for safe practices.  Instructors are individuals deemed by the CFMA to safely and effectively introduce and teach the skills of mounted archery to students.  Coaches have all the qualifications of instructors but are also qualified to teach more advanced training and athletic development associated with mounted archery competition.  The following provides the instructions for applying for these certifications through the CFMA.  

The board members of the CFMA encourage applications and wish you the best of luck.   If you have any questions, please ask by email sent to mountedarcherycanada@gmail.com 

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CFMA CERTIFIED SAFETY OFFICER

  1. Must be legal age in your province or territory 
  2. Must be a registered CFMA member (individual or CFMA club member)
  3. Must be a current member of their provincial or territorial equestrian association
  4. Have and maintain current first aid certification (forward image of certificate or other proof)
  5. Read the CFMA Safety and Risk Management Guide for Mounted Archery (find it HERE)
  6. Pass the online CFMA Safety Officer Exam* (find it HERE)
  7. Submit the CFMA Safety Officer application form(find it HERE) and pay associated application fee via e-transfer sent to mountedarcherycanada@gmail.com for $20 

* The examination for Safety Officer certification is an online multiple-choice test.  Study material: CFMA Safety and Risk Management Guide for Horse Archery (find it HERE).  Questions for this test will include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Types of risks and hazards
  • Abbreviations pertaining to the Safety and Risk Management Guide
  • Safety Officer duties and responsibilities
  • Range commands
  • Participant and spectator safety zones
  • Archery equipment: storage, care, and inspection
  • Numbers for recommended  maximum students for each Safety Officer present
  • Range and target set up

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CFMA CERTIFIED MOUNTED ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR

  1. Be a current CFMA Safety Officer, plus the following:
  2. Provide a copy of a clear vulnerable sector police check report.  The CFMA will provide an emailed request to your local police department if required, just let us know.
  3. Pass the online CFMA Instructor Exam** (find it HERE)
  4. Pass a practical exam (in person or through submitting videos, described in more detail HERE)
  5. Complete the NCCP concussion awareness training module Making Headway in Sport. Submit proof of completion from your NCCP Locker.
  6. Complete the NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation.  Submit proof of completion from your NCCP Locker.
  7. Read NCCP Coaching Code of Ethics (find it HERE)
  8. Read the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (find it HERE)
  9. Read EC Code of Ethics (find it HERE)
  10. Read and agree to abide by the CFMA Instructor’s and Coach’s Agreement (find it HERE
  11. Submit the CFMA Instructor application form (find it HERE) and pay associated application fee via e-transfer sent to mountedarcherycanada@gmail.com for $50

**The online part of the Instructor Examination is an online multiple-choice test.  A score of 100% is required.  The applicant can return to the exam to change answers until they achieve the correct answers.  Questions for this test will include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

Equestrian:

  • Conformation of the horse
  • Footfalls and leg action of the horse – all gaits
  • Horse health: vital signs, comfort, teeth, hoof care etc.
  • Riding for Mounted Archery
  • Equipment and tack
  • Equitation: riding on a mounted archery track, aids and release, proper etiquette etc.
  • Horse training/desensitizing for Mounted Archery
  • Communication/ influence of aids for Mounted Archery riding

Archery Theory and Practice:

  • Archery equipment: names, terms, parts, mechanics, care and handling of the bow, arrow, target and range
  • Draw types for mounted archery
  • Equipment set-up and tuning
  • Target and track types
  • Horse Archery terms

Safety:

  • Risk control and management
  • Shooting line and target distances
  • Safety Zones
  • Equipment inspection and checks

 Suggested study material for the online CFMA Instructor Exam: 

  • CFMA Safety and Risk Management Guide for Horse Archery (find it HERE).
  • Horseback Archery: ancient art to modern sport – The British Horseback Archery Association Manual.  This book can be purchased HERE

CFMA CERTIFIED COACH OF MOUNTED ARCHERY

The qualification differences between an instructor and a coach concern competition and educational knowledge and experiences, educational programming offered through the NCCP, and specialized education programs offered through the CFMA.  Coach applicants must first meet all qualifications of the CFMA Instructor.  CFMA Instructors may write the CFMA to express their interest to become a CFMA Certified Coach by email sent to mountedarcherycanada@gmail.com

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