BHSQ Level 4 (Stage 4) qualifications – suite of 5 awards


BHS Qualifications (BHSQ) provide qualifications to support different career pathways allowing learners to choose the one best suited to their aspirations. BHSQ Level 4 (Stage 4) qualifications give learners specialist knowledge and technical skills, for employment in the equine industry and provide progression to the BHS Stage 5 qualifications.

The qualifications within the suite are:

Please click here to download the qualification specification for the BHSQ Level 4 (Stage 4) suite of qualifications.


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.

Development of qualifications

The British Horse Society (BHS) is approved as a centre to deliver qualifications regulated by BHSQ. BHSQ and the BHS have developed these qualifications in line with feedback received from extensive industry consultation.

Learners taking BHSQ Level 4 (Stage 4) qualifications will either be seeking employment at management level or will already be employed in the industry with a desire to progress their career by advancing their skill and knowledge. It is essential that these qualifications meet the needs of employers and learners. To satisfy these requirements, the qualifications have been developed in collaboration with employers, colleges, coaches, students, and expert groups.


Training for BHSQ qualifications

Training can be provided from a variety of sources however we strongly recommend learners undertake practical training with BHS Accredited Professionals and/or at BHS Approved Training Centres.

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Learners should expect to gain practical experience in a work environment to develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for level 4 assessments. They will need to have access to a variety of horses to develop their horse care, lungeing and riding skills and expand their experience coaching a range of clients. Learners should seek training opportunities; in their own place of work, at other training centres and through organised continual professional development (CPD) training in order to access a variety of different horses and training methods.

Recommended reading lists can be found on the BHS website on the pages dedicated to each unit. In addition the BHS has produced a book to support learners preparing for BHSQ Level 4 (Stage 4) qualifications, ‘Complete Horsemanship Volume 4’, this text is not compulsory.

For more information about these qualifications please visit the BHS website.