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BHS Intermediate Teaching Test

Who is this qualification for, and what is needed to enter it?

  • The ITT is suitable for those aged 19 years or over.
  • To enter the exam you will need to have passed the BHS PTT and completed the coaching portfolio.
  • You will be required to hold a current First Aid Certificate (either First Aid at Work or The BHS First Aid Certificate).
  • The exam consists of four practical coaching sessions; one group (either flat or jump), a lunge lesson, a private dressage lesson and a private jump lesson (show jumping or simulated cross country).
  • Candidates will be required to deliver a pre-prepared presentation and answer questions in relation to the principles of equitation and equine business management.

Why should you do the BHS ITT?

The achievement of this qualification requires commitment and dedication to your own personal knowledge and coaching skills. The BHS ITT is a component of the BHS Intermediate Instructor Certificate.  This qualification provides the skills to enable you to progress to a senior or management position within the industry.

What will a person with their BHS ITT be able to do in a professional environment?

A person who holds their BHS ITT will be able to give safe and competent lessons from beginner to elementary standards without supervision. They will be able to show genuine improvement of horse and rider. They will have sound, practical business knowledge and be conversant with running a commercial yard.

How do you train for the BHS ITT?

In order to take this exam you will need to have coached more experienced riders and riders that are currently competing. BHS Approved Training Centres may have training days specifically designed to prepare you for your ITT exam. You can arrange a coaching session at a BHS Approved Training Centre, or ask a Registered Instructor to observe and feedback to you whilst teaching your own clients. It is also advisable to contact your exam venue as they may be running training courses before the exam.

Take a look at our bookshop where you’ll find DVDs and books to help with your revision.

Where can you take the exam?

Our exams are held at BHS Approved Training Centres, please see the dates and venues below.

When you have taken the BHS ITT, what is the next step?

If you have not yet achieved your BHS Stage Four, this would be your next step to achieve the BHS Intermediate Instructor Certificate.  On achieving the ITT you will also be eligible to enter the BHS Senior Coach exam.

If you are unsuccessful in any section of your exam, you will not be required to retake the whole exam, you will retake the specific unit(s) only.

What if you took the ITT before 2013 and still need to resit units?

If you have already taken the BHS Intermediate Teaching Test pre-2013 and need to resit one or more sections to complete the qualification, you will still be able to sit these. We will gradually reduce the number of pre-2013 resit dates, so you are encouraged to complete any outstanding sections as soon as possible. If you would like a copy of the pre-2013 syllabus because you need to resit one or more sections, please contact the Education team.

Important Booking Information: please be aware exams close two weeks prior to the exam date. Entry will close at 5pm on the night before this 14 day period begins, i.e. if the exam you would like to book for is on the 20th of any given month, you must be booked on by 5pm on the 5th.

If your exam is on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, entry will close at 3pm on the Friday before the 14 day period begins.

Please see the step by step guide below on how to book you exam.

Next Exams:

South West, 08/09/2017
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Dorset - BH20 6JA
South, 26/09/2017
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Hampshire - RG27 0LJ
Yorkshire, 17/10/2017
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East Yorkshire - HU17 8QG
Ireland, 18/10/2017
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Co Wicklow -

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How to apply

  1. Step 1

    Before applying for your exam, you’ll need to become a Gold member of the BHS. Candidates living overseas who intend to take their exams overseas may take exams with BHS E-membership. Candidates living overseas who wish to take their exams in the UK will require Full Overseas membership.

    You can pay for your membership by monthly or annual Direct Debit, as well as credit or debit card. If you choose to pay by annual Direct Debit, you’ll also receive a £5 discount on your first year’s payment. Join online now or call our membership team on 02476 840506.

  2. Step 2

    We recommend you apply for your exam three to four months before you wish to take it, as this gives you the best chance of getting your preferred venue and date. You need to complete an application form or call the Education Department on 02476 840508. Please make sure you have your membership number and credit or debit card details handy.

  3. Step 3

    You will receive confirmation letter in the post confirming your exam date and time. If you have not received this or are unsure please contact the Education Department. Please be aware that dates on the website are subject to change so please refer to your confirmation letter for your exam date and time.

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