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Essential Horse Knowledge Certificates

The Essential Horse Knowledge Certificates will be replacing the Horse Owners Certificates during 2015.  These new qualifications are held at two levels: Entry Level and Level One. 

They are suitable for learners of all ages. However, we recommend a minimum age of 12 years. You can enter at either level, although if you are new to horses or have limited background knowledge we recommend you start at Entry Level.

The qualifications are specifically aimed at the first-time horse owner or carer, parents of horse owners, potential horse owners or anyone else interested in the care and welfare of horses.

The person who takes overall responsibility for the training and the course must be a member of the BHS Register of Instructors and will have attended a standardisation training course. The assessment of this qualification will be through a written assessment via exam papers produced directly by the BHS. All certificates will be sent to the instructor, who will forward them on to candidates. 

Do the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificates link to the Horse Owners Certificates?

There is no link between the Horse Owners Certificate levels and the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificates. The EHKC have been designed to link into the BHS Stage exams. The EHKC Level One has been mapped to the BHS Stage One Care Unit 3: The Principles of Caring for Horses. This means that learners who have successfully achieved the BHS EHKC Level One will not have to sit this unit should they book onto the BHS Stage One exam.

The natural progression from the EHKC level One would be for the learner to continue to work through and train for the BHS Stage One units to cover the breadth of the Horse Knowledge and Care syllabus before moving on to the BHS Stage Two units. 

How do I apply to do the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificates?

If you are interested in gaining the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificates, you can find a Registered Instructor in your area who teaches the syllabus.

I am a BHS Registered Instructor - how do I run an Essential Horse Knowledge course?

If you would like to run EHKC courses for your clients, you must:
•    Be current and active on the BHS Register of Instructors (with up-to-date First Aid, CPD, Enhanced DBS, BHS membership and subscription to the ROI)
•    Have attended an EHKC training course and received the training pack
•    Hold a minimum BHSPT (Instructors who hold UKCC, NVQ or Work Based Diploma qualifications without the BHS PTT are not eligible to offer the Essential Horse Knowledge Certificate).
Please contact the BHS Education Department with your membership number on 02476 840508 or email education@bhs.org.uk.

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