BHSQ Level 4 Senior Yard Manager (Stage 4)

Qualification Level: 4

Total Qualification Time:

176 hours (of which 107 are Guided Learning Hours)

Qualification purpose

This is a practical qualification which caters for individuals whose primary focus is the care of horses and the management of a business. By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to take full responsibility for managing an equestrian business. They will be able to care for a range of horses using extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, horse health and nutrition to ensure the welfare of the horses in their care. They will also understand the requirements for managing a yard and running a business including; customer care, managing staff, legislation and insurance requirements, financial requirements and marketing. In addition they will be able to plan the maintenance of yard facilities and annual grassland management programmes.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on caring for horses and managing a business. 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 the BHS Stage 3 Care award 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?

This qualification is designed primarily to support career progression to a senior or management role. Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Yard Manager
  • Equine Centre Manager
  • Senior Groom
  • Freelance Senior Groom

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

These qualifications offer progression to:

  • BHS Performance Centre Manager


To download the qualification specification click here.

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