FAQs

I was on the Register of Instructors – what does the new scheme mean for me?

The refreshed scheme replaces the current Register of Instructors as a direct result of extensive research over the last couple of years to find out what coaches and the riding public want and need from BHS accreditation.

Can I join the new scheme today?

Yes of course! We would be delighted to welcome you onto the new package. We will pro rata and credit your current membership to your Accredited Professional Coach membership. If you have taken a BHS Safeguarding or BHS First Aid Course in the last twelve months, these costs will also be credited to your new membership. Please call the team on 02476 840565 today and we will be able to transfer you to an Accredited Professional Coach.

What are the new costs?

All Accredited Professional coaches must hold up to date safeguarding certificates, first aid certificates, be DBS checked, and be a gold member of the BHS. These costs (excluding the Criminal record check) which were traditionally something a registered instructor would need to pay to be on the register have now been incorporated into the annual cost for an Accredited Professional Coach to ensure transparency on costs.

We are incredibly pleased to say our new professional membership includes a wealth of fantastic new benefits. Coaches can now become an Accredited Professional Coach with a fantastic insurance package for less than £1 a day. Please note, DBS checks are critical to be on the old or new package and this costs around £54 for all coaches in England and Wales. This is not included in the Accredited Professional Coach package.

What happens if I don’t want to move onto the new scheme?

Current Registered Instructors will continue to remain part of the scheme for the duration of their annual membership. If you decide not to take the new package on renewal, you will no longer hold an BHS Accredited Professional Coach status. We believe the option of direct debit will be of immense value to current members.

Why has the name changed from Instructor to Coach?

In a recent survey to the Current Register of Instructors, 77% preferred the term Coach or Professional when referring to a name change.

“I was suddenly aware of how outdated the term ‘Instructor’ was. I am really pleased the BHS are going to address this”

“We have to embrace this new word Coach as all the other sports seem to be doing, so that we are on an equal footing. I think the term instructor is hopelessly outdated”

Coaching is an inclusive term which includes teaching and instructing. The BHS primarily uses coaching as a participant (riders, driver or vaulted) centred term, and means the coach is adapting the session and delivery to meet individual needs. It should be noted that during a coaching session it will be appropriate at times to ‘instruct’ or ‘tell’ as well as ‘question’.

All BHS instructor qualifications assess the candidates’ coaching ability – meaning they have to demonstrate when it is appropriate to ‘tell’ and when it is appropriate to ‘question’.

I have the HSE First Aid at Work qualification, how does this affect you?

We have always, and will continue to accept the full three day HSE FAW First Aid course and the 2 day refresher for BHS Exams, the UKCC and the Professional membership. If you have the HSE FAW course then we will credit £48 per year or £4 per month (if paying by monthly DD) off the cost of the new membership.

I am an Overseas Coach, Groom or work for a BHS Approved Centre - what does this mean for me?

The BHS Approved Centre coaches, Overseas Coaches and Grooms are our next group of people to look at, we want to make sure that we offer you a membership package that benefits you specifically and for this we will be conducting detailed analysis and consultation. We will be in touch shortly to find out what you need and would like and how we can best deliver it!

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