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Benefits of professional membership

The Accredited Professional community will form the basis for lifelong learning and development supported and accredited by the BHS.

The refreshed scheme of Accredited Professional Coaches is a direct result of extensive research to find out what coaches and learners in the industry need and want.

What is an Accredited Professional Coach?

An Accredited Professional Coach meets the highest professional standards within the industry approved and accredited by The British Horse Society. As the largest professional body representing equestrian coaches globally, Accredited Professional Coaches create the benchmark for the industry.

The Accredited Professional Coach community facilitates a professional coaching community connecting people, ideas and resources to embed world class standards, drive continual professional development and promote innovation in equestrian coaching.

Coaching in equestrianism

The BHS primarily uses coaching as a participant (riders, driver or vaulted) centred term, and means the coach is adapting the session and delivery to meet individual needs. It should be noted that during a coaching session it will be appropriate at times to ‘instruct’ or ‘tell’, as well as ‘question’.

All BHS instructor qualifications assess the candidates’ coaching ability – meaning they have to demonstrate when it is appropriate to ‘tell’ and when it is appropriate to ‘question’.

To become an Accredited Professional, coaches must hold a minimum Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship Or UKCC Level 2 with Stage 3 Care and Riding component qualification. Any new members will also need to provide evidence of their ability to care for horses at an equivalent of Stage 2. We also accept accredited coaches from BEF member bodies.

What support do I receive as an Accredited Professional Coach?

Snapshot of benefits:

  • Professional online community to share ideas, resources and updates
  • Branded business toolkit and resources
  • Free branded promotional material and advertising space
  • Cost of BHS First Aid Course, BHS Safeguarding Course and BHS Gold membership included for duration of membership
  • Opportunity to attend BHS Accredited CPD days in partnership with BEF member bodies
  • Option to share data with member bodies
  • Free Accredited Professional Coach Regatta jacket worth £59.99rrp
  • Streamlined optional SEIB Insurance package (terms and conditions apply)

This package comes with a wealth of additional benefits that can be explored in more detail below. Alternatively, we would be more than happy to run through these with you – please give us a call.

Community and professional network

  • Exclusive access to online professional community where you can network, share ideas, discuss and gain access to the latest information and guidance
  • Opportunity to attend CPD events in partnership with all BEF member bodies giving you access to world class presenters. (*fees still apply)
  • Professional certificate
  • Opportunity to request your professional data is shared with BEF member bodies
  • Monthly professional eNews keeping you in the loop with educational subjects and updates on developments within the BHS and wider industry 

Promotion  and representation

  • Accredited Professional Coach Folder with Certificate of Accreditation and ID Coach Card confirming your accreditation and qualifications
  • Free online branded business toolkit
  • Free promotional car sticker that endorses you as an Accredited Professional Coach
  • Opportunity to advertise yourself and your services on the BHS Website
  • Wider marketing and promotion of BHS Accredited Professional Coaches to the industry through print and online media
  • Opportunity to exclusively offer recreational education courses to the industry
  • Opportunity to offer services as an Accredited Professional Coach expert witness in legal cases

Guidance support

  • Access to exclusive online business support from compliance and tax return assistance to social media marketing. The business support helpline will support your needs and queries.
  • Free Accredited Professional Coach folder containing Accredited Professional Coach certificate, ID card. Continual professional documentation will be sent to members to update folders as and when required.  

Become an Accredited Professional Coach, plus insurance cover for less than £1.10 per day!

*SEIB insurance cover for a BHS Accredited Professional Coach Plus includes:

  • £10,000,000 public liability insurance
  • Grooms insurance
  • Care, custody and control


*Terms and conditions apply

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