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BHS Coaching4All

The level 3 Coaching4All course focuses on upskilling your coaching skills, knowledge and practices so you can give your clients the best possible experience.


The Coaching4All course is a combination of training and assessment. Upon completing this course, you’ll be awarded the Coaching4All qualification. Through group discussion, case studies and breakout groups, you’ll gain a full understanding of the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion and how you can promote this through your coaching.

By the end of the course, you’ll have an understanding of a range of conditions, disabilities and barriers and how you can support clients to participate and enjoy equestrian activities.

For your assessment you will complete and present two case studies demonstrating how you have supported two different clients to work towards their equine goals.

Also included in the course fee is a place on the following online courses:


Course dates for 2024

September 2024 Course

  • Session 1

Monday 16th September


BHS Headquarters


  • Session 2

Monday 30th September




  • Session 3

Monday 14th October

6.30pm – 9pm



  • Session 4

Monday 4th November




  • Session 5

Monday 18th November


BHS Headquarters


Case studies to be submitted by 4th December

Assessment at BHS Headquarters between 9th – 11th December

Course Fees

The course fee includes all the training, additional courses and resources and the final assessment fee.

  • BHS Accredited Professional Coaches and BHS Approved Centre Coaches: £390


  • Non- Accredited Professional Coaches: £525


Please complete the online request if you would an application form.

Qualification Specification

Please download the specification here

BHS Coaching4All FAQs

What are the entry requirements?

BHS Coaching4All is open to all coaches who hold a minimum of the BHS Stage 2 Foundation Coach qualification or above or equivalent.

The course is open to all Accredited Professional Coaches (APC) or Accredited Professional Centre Coaches (APCC).

Candidates will be required to complete two case studies (including a short 10minute video of one of your sessions) as part of the course so access to a varied client base is essential.

I’m not an APC or APCC but I hold BHS Coaching qualifications. Can I apply?

Yes, if you hold the Stage 2 Coaching Riders Certificate or above, you can apply to join BHS Coaching4All. You will pay the non-APC fee.

I don’t hold any BHS coaching qualifications can I apply?

If you are coaching regularly in a relevant setting and would like to take part but do not hold any formal coaching qualifications or have non-BHS coaching qualifications, there’s a direct entry route available to you.

As Coaching4All assumes a prior level of technical knowledge and coaching skills we ask you to evidence your coaching ability by submitting the following:

  • A copy of your equine CV, detailing your coaching history and the types of riders you have supported
  • Reference from your Yard Manager or Business Support Manager or an Accredited Professional Coach or Centre Coach (APC or APCC) confirming your coaching ability
  • Copies of any relevant certificates or CPD that you have undertaken
  • An example of a lesson plan and risk assessment for one of your coaching sessions

Applications will be reviewed by the Education team and a decision made within ten working days. There is a £50 fee payable for this route.

Please note: We may ask for further evidence.

How long is the course?

The course has five training sessions over approximately three months. Two face-to-face workshops (10am–4pm) and three online sessions (2.5 hours each) which you must attend.

Where will the face-to-face workshops take place?

The February workshops will take place at:


BHS Headquarters

Abbey Park



Can I join the face-to-face workshops virtually instead?

These sessions are a great way to meet likeminded people to share ideas, experiences and network with. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Attendance in person at the full day session is compulsory. It isn’t possible to join these sessions virtually

How will the online sessions be delivered?

The 2.5 hour online training sessions will take place either via the Microsoft Teams platform or Zoom platform. You will be notified which platform is being used before the first online session. If you haven’t used either platform before, we’d recommend downloading and familiarising yourself with it before the first session.

Invites to join the meeting will be sent out by email approximately two days before the session.

When will the individual call with the trainer take place?

Trainer calls last around 45 minutes and are scheduled to take place between session two and four of the course. The time and date of your call will be arranged during one of the training sessions.

What is Mental Health First Actions and how do I book a place?

This two-day online workshop-style course gives participants an insightful understanding of mental health and mental health problems. We'll spend lots of time working on resilience and self-care, and empower people to have the confidence to step in and offer support to others when needed.

Dates are available throughout the year and are listed on the website.

BHS Coaching4All candidates should contact the Accredited Professional Team to book their free place by emailing: or calling 02476 840565.

What is the Risk Awareness Course?

This online course has been specifically developed by equestrian professionals for equestrian coaches. It outlines the roles and responsibilities towards health and safety, duty of care and risk management by promoting good practice within the industry. The course will prepare you for building useful risk assessments and logging other important information.

Dates are available throughout the year and are listed on the website. APCs and Centre Coaches can book using the online link.

Non–APCs should contact the Accredited Professional team to book their place. Email: or call 02476 840565.

What coursework is there?

There will be self-study to carry out between sessions. This could include researching a topic, self-reflection, adding to your case studies or watching video clips.

Throughout the course you’ll work with the trainer to build two short case studies of two different riders that you coach regularly.

As part of the training, you’ll be required to submit short (1-2 minutes) video clips of you coaching your case study riders to the trainer. These videos will only be viewed by the trainer for training feedback purposes. For your final assessment you are required to submit a longer video of you coaching one of your case study riders. This will be viewed by the Assessor prior to your final assessment.

What level of riders do I need for my case studies?

Each case study is your opportunity to demonstrate how you have supported riders with differing needs to take part in equine activities. There are no restrictions on the level or ability of riders for the case study and the riders can be a new or existing clients. Each case study must cover a minimum of six sessions and can be private, shared or group sessions.


The coaching sessions don’t have to be ridden but must include a horse/pony and clearly demonstrate your ability to coach inclusively. Lesson plans and risk assessments for each session must be included in each case study.

What does the final assessment involve?

Copies of your case studies and video must be submitted to the office at least two weeks prior to your assessment date.

For the assessment you will deliver a 10-15 minute presentation on your two case studies followed by a professional discussion with a BHS Assessor and one other panel member.

The assessment will last up to one hour.

When will the final assessment take place?

The final assessment is in person and will take place either at BHS Headquarters or other suitable venue. This will be confirmed at the time of booking onto the course.

Candidates will be assessed individually.

The assessment date will be pre-set and there may be one or more dates offered depending on candidate numbers. You are expected to attend one of these dates. If you cannot attend the date or dates offered there will be a transfer fee of £75 to rearrange another date.

All assessments must be completed within ten weeks of the final session date.

When will I get my results?

The results will be posted out within 15 working days of the assessment. Results will not be given out on the assessment day.

What does the course fee include?

The course fee includes all the training, additional courses and resources and the final assessment fee.

  • BHS Accredited Professional Coaches and BHS Approved Centre Coaches



  • Non- Accredited Professional Coaches



Payment is required to secure your place on the course

Is there any support or funding available to help towards course fees?

Please visit the BHS Webpage Funding and Support for details of possible funding opportunities.

The Career Transition Fund is not available for BHS Coaching4All.

Can I pay in instalments?

The full course fee can be paid up front or we can offer payment in two equal instalments.

The first payment will be due before course start date and is required to secure your place on the course and the second instalment due before session four date.

I’ve already completed the Mental Health First Actions course is there a discount available?

Yes, if you’ve already completed the Mental Health First Actions course there is a discount available on the course fee. Please send a copy of your certificate to the office with your application form.

Can I take BHS Coaching4All instead of the Stage 3 Coach assessment.

BHS Coaching4All cannot be used as part of the Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship qualification. It cannot be used as direct entry to the BHS Stage assessments.

How do I apply to join a course?

Please complete the online request if you’d like an application form.

If you have any specific questions about BHS Coaching4All please contact