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BHS Preliminary Teaching Test

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

  • The BHS PTT is suitable for those aged 18 years or over.
  • To enter the exam you will need to have passed the complete BHS Stage Two.
  • The exam consists of two practical coaching sessions; one group (either flat or jump) and one individual (either lead rein or lunge); you will find out on the day which lessons you will teach.
  • There are also four theory units which will be assessed during one session. These units are assessed via a presentation as well as oral questions. There are five presentation topics; you will need to prepare all the presentations, but you will be required to present only one of the topics on the day.
  • When you book your exam you will receive a coaching portfolio. This will need to be completed before you achieve your BHS Assistant Instructor Certificate (BHSAI), but you do not need to complete this before your PTT exam.

Why should you do the BHS PTT?

On achievement of this qualification, you will be eligible to join the BHS Accredited Coaches and you will be qualified to coach clients in both riding and horse care. The Preliminary Teaching Test is a component of the BHSAI. Preliminary Teachers will be able to gain the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 2 by completing a portfolio of evidence.

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

A person who holds their BHS PTT will be able to work in a commercial riding establishment, private yard or as a freelance coach. They will be able to apply the basic principles of coaching to improve the rider’s horsemanship skills, following a progressive plan. They will understand the health and safety procedures involved in organising a lesson and be able to modify sessions to facilitate the ability of the rider. They will be able to coach novice riders up to Stage Two level.

How do you train for the BHS PTT?

In order to take this exam, you will need to have gained experience coaching individuals and groups. A useful place to start is to observe or help with lessons at a BHS Approved Centre. BHS Approved Training Centres may run courses to prepare you for the exam. 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.

Read our checklist to help you prepare your lesson plans for the exam.

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 PTT, what is the next step?

If you are intending to begin your coaching career we advise that you attend a First Aid course and a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course.

If you have not yet achieved your BHS Stage Three, this would be your next step to achieve the BHSAI Certificate. On achieving the PTT (along with the completion of the coaching portfolio), you will also be eligible to enter the Intermediate Teaching Test (ITT).

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.

Important booking information: please be aware exams close two weeks prior to the exam date. Entry will close at 5pm the night before this 14-day period begins, i.e. if the exam you would like to book 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.

Download the Direct Entry Guidance document (PDF).

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

Next Exams:

London, 31/07/2017
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London - N14 4UW
South, 16/08/2017
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Berkshire - SL4 4TN
South West, 16/08/2017
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Gloucestershire - GL7 5ED
Yorkshire, 25/08/2017
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West Yorkshire - LS21 3DN

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How to apply

  1. Step 1

    Before applying for your exam, you’ll need to become a BHS Gold member. 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 Overseas Full 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 a 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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