BHSQ Level 3 Groom (Stage 3)

Qualification Level: 3

Total Qualification Time:

153 hours (of which 63 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

This is a practical qualification which caters for individuals whose primary focus is the care of horses. By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to take responsibility for the care of several horses within an equestrian business and may take on a supervisory role within a business.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on caring for horses and providing non-ridden exercise. It is likely that learners may already be employed within the industry and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom (Stage 2) 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 16 years and above.

What could this qualification lead to?

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

  • Groom
  • Freelance Groom

Employment in these roles could be in a variety of equestrian environments including; riding schools, competition yards (any discipline), livery yards, private yards, studs, racing yards, police and military, and welfare or veterinary centres.

This qualification offers progression to:

  • BHS Level 4 Senior Yard Manager (Stage 4)


To download the qualification specification click here.

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