BHSQ Level 4 Senior Eventing 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 or Unit 6: Stage 4 Senior Ride for Training Show Jumping as their optional unit, TQT is 756 hours (of which 321 are Guided Learning Hours).

Qualification purpose

A person holding the BHSQ Level 4 Senior Eventing Coach (Stage 4) qualification will hold the technical knowledge to coach dressage up to Elementary level, show jumping up to 1.10m and cross country up to 1m. 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 eventing covering dressage, show jumping and cross country. 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.

Professional expectations

BHSQ work closely with the sector and employers in particular. Once a learner has achieved this qualification, they are likely to be working in the sector. It is essential all those working in the sector have a sufficient understanding of their legal responsibilities to protect both the horse and their clients and colleagues. This includes safeguarding, health and safety, first aid, equality and diversity and data protection.

It is always the responsibility of the employer or self-employed person to ensure practices are safe, effective and legal. BHSQ encourages all those working in the sector to have current BHS First Aid or First Aid at Work and BHS Safeguarding and Protecting Children.

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.