BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 2)

Qualification Level: 2

Total Qualification Time:

547 hours (of which 302 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

Within the equine industry there is a need for all-round individuals with the ability to care for horses, ride horses and coach clients, students and staff. The BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 2) qualification provides the foundation knowledge and skill set for these elements. It provides a solid foundation of knowledge for equine care, lungeing, riding and the initial principles of coaching.

The reference to “Complete Horsemanship” in the title refers to the learner’s all-round skills in horse care, lungeing, coaching and riding to include; dressage and show jumping. Learners will be able to disseminate their knowledge in all these areas through their coaching.
Learners achieving this qualification will be able to work in the industry as an assistant groom and coach, competently caring for horses with limited supervision and riding horses for exercise. They will be able to coach a variety of lessons to clients in a riding school environment. Riding establishments will have an experienced colleague on-site who is able to provide support and guidance as required to the Foundation Coach.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification provides the foundation coaching skills for learners who aspire to begin a career in coaching. Learners may be seeking employment in the industry or are already employed and are seeking career advancement. Learners achieving the qualification would benefit from employment at a centre where they have support to develop their coaching skills. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 1 Care and BHS Stage 1 Ride awards or BHSQ/BHS equivalent. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level.

This qualification is also available to learners at the appropriate level who have industry experience and/or hold non-BHS equine qualifications. To enter they will apply via the BHS RPCL or RPEL direct entry process.

Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 17 years and above.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Coach working in a Riding Centre/School
  • Assistant groom
  • Yard assistant

This qualification offers progression to the following qualifications:

  • BHSQ Level 3 Coach – Dressage Ride (Stage 3)
  • BHSQ Level 3 Coach – Jump Ride (Stage 3)
  • BHSQ Level 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship (Stage 3)


To download the qualification specification click here.

For more information about this qualification please visit the BHS website.