BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4)

Qualification Level: 4

Total Qualification Time:

For learners completing Unit 4: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Eventing as their optional unit, TQT is 852 hours (of which 357 are Guided Learning Hours).

For learners completing Unit 5: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Dressage, TQT is 756 hours (of which 321 are Guided Learning Hours).

Qualification purpose

A person holding the BHSQ Level 4 Senior Dressage Coach (Stage 4) qualification will hold the technical knowledge to coach dressage up to Elementary level. They will be able to coach private, semi-private, group and lunge lessons. Coaches will be able to show genuine improvement of horse and rider while demonstrating a sound knowledge of coaching methods and principles.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on managing a business, training and producing horses and coaching clients, students and staff. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Individuals may hold the BHS Stage 3 Coach qualification and wish to progress their coaching to a higher level with a focus on coaching riders in dressage. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 3 Coach 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 18 years and above.

What could this qualification lead to?

BHSQ Level 4 Senior Coach qualifications have been developed in consultation with employers and professional bodies to ensure that the content is appropriate for those working in the sector.

These qualifications have been designed primarily to support career progression to a senior or management role. Learners completing these qualifications could access roles in areas such as:

  • Yard manager and Senior Coach
  • Senior Coach in a centre
  • Freelance Senior Coach
  • Freelance Senior Coach and Senior Groom

These qualifications offer progression to:

  • BHS Performance Coach qualifications


To download the qualification specification click here.

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