BHSQ Level 3 Groom with Riding – Complete (Stage 3)

Qualification Level: 3

Total Qualification Time:

471 hours (of which 243 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

This is a practical qualification which caters for individuals whose primary focus is the care of horses. Learners completing this qualification will be able to ride the horses in their care for exercise and to maintain their level of training on the flat and jumping.

The reference to “Complete” in the title refers to the learner’s riding skills. Having completed this qualification learners will have an all-round skill set in riding to include; dressage, show jumping and cross country riding.

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 who have an interest riding, both flatwork and jumping. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing BHSQ Level 2 Foundation Groom with Riding (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
  • Work/excercise rider

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)
  • BHS Level 4 Senior Yard Manager with Riding (Stage 4)
    • Ride for Training Eventing
    • Ride for Training Dressage
    • Ride for Training Show Jumping


To download the qualification specification click here.

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