Exams and Qualifications
Our examinations system is one of the best and most widely respected in the world. Our progressive route encourages you to continue, leading from beginner level to world class qualifications.
The advice, guidelines and syllabus for every level mean that you can be sure of what you'll be asked to do and also be sure you're making the right choice in taking your exams with us. Once you're qualified, you can also attend professional development events to push your skills even further.
Stage 1 is the first step on the professional ladder and show you have the competencies to apply basic principles of horse care.
Stage 2 will provide you with competencies to apply general principles for the management of horses’ health and well being.
Stage 3 allows you to hone the skills you will have practised in Stages 1 and 2 and shows you have the competencies and ability to look after up to four horses in stables and at grass
The PTT gives you the competencies to apply the basic principles of coaching and to improve the rider’s horsemanship skills by following a progressive plan.
The BHS Assistant Instructor Certificate can be awarded after achieving Stage 3, the PTT and completing a Coaching Portfolio.
Stage 4 shows you’re able to take responsibility for yard organisation, taking charge and looking after a number of horses and ponies in a variety of situations.
The ITT shows you as able to give safe and competent lessons from beginner to elementary standards without supervision.
This qualification shows you have sound experience and knowledge in all aspects of horse care and that you are a competent stable manager, able to supervise and train staff and students.
If you are looking to progress your career into Senior Management, you should consider sitting the Senior Equitation and Coaching Certificates.
Once you've completed the previous stages, the BHSI is the next logical step in your career. This rigorous exam comprises three sections.
From the day you decide to make horses your vocation, the Fellowship should be your ambition, your goal, and the jewel in your equestrian crown.
SVQs and Work-Based Diplomas are for people seeking employment or progression in the equine industry and who prefer to be assessed on a continuous basis at their workplace.
Living or working abroad? We currently have BHS Exam Centres in the USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy.
We award these qualifications, designed to raise the level of coaching skills throughout the UK, on behalf of BEF member bodies.
The first level of vocational qualifications specifically for those in the equestrian tourism industry.
The third level of vocational qualifications specifically for those in the equestrian tourism industry.
The second level of vocational qualifications specifically for those in the equestrian tourism industry.
Primarily aimed at the first-time owner, parents of owners or potential owners, these certificates are available to anyone interested in the care and welfare of horses.
Taken by more than 4,000 candidates a year, the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test helps educate riders in road safety in order to minimise the risk involved when riding on the roads.
In partnership with the British Show Pony Society, we've produced qualifications for Show Grooms, Assistant Trainers / Head Grooms and Elite Accredited Trainers.