Training and Qualifications with the BHS

Their widely acknowledged and respected equestrian qualifications, range from beginner level to world-class standard; also offering advice, as well as a wide range of high quality training courses



The United Kingdom Coaching Certificates were initiated by the government to introduce a tiered level of Coaching Qualification, now offered by over 22 different sports; Equestrian being one.


Thinking about coaching?

Coaching can be a great way to get more out of sport whilst also giving something back.

There are many definitions of “coaching” and many ways in which coaching skills and knowledge can be deployed. Perhaps a good indicator of the value of a coach is to consider that coaching is an interactive process that helps another person improve, learn something or take their personal performance to the next level. As a coach you are also a trusted guide and mentor sharing your experience, knowledge and expertise. You will often be asked to help diagnose a problem and be instrumental in finding a solution whilst motivating others to be the best that they can be.   

If you’re thinking about getting involved and becoming a coach then we have some great tips on how to get started below.

To start with have a look at all the different qualifications and training packages on offer from the different service providers before you decide which one to go for – some may be more advanced than others, some may be sport specific and others might be tailored with a specific career progression in mind.

If you are already involved in coaching and want further information on opportunities that might be open to you, upcoming course dates or need to find coaching literature and documentation then visit the BEF website or your discipline webpage.

Click here for more UKCC information.

Routes available to you

There are several different routes into coaching and once a coach to continue to improve your performance and learning and it is important that you find the right one for you – this could depend on what kind of qualification you are seeking or whether you want to gain a coaching qualification from a particular equestrian sport. Have a look at all the coaching exams and qualifications on offer before you make up your mind.

The UK Coaching Certificate [UKCC] is a nationally recognised qualification and accreditation framework into which existing equestrian qualifications have been mapped and the BEF as the nationally endorsed agency for equestrian UKCC is approved to offer in partnership with member organisations UKCC qualifications across level 1, 2 and 3 and in both generic and sporting disciplines.

A quick indicator of the role at each level is provided below:

Level 1: assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision

Level 2: prepare for, deliver, review coaching sessions

Level 3: plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes

Level 4: A Level 4 coach is a beacon ‘high performing’ coach in their specific coaching environment ie. disability, U13, U18, adult, talent, world class.

There are generic and discipline specific UKCC qualifications offered at each level and more information is available from the BEF web pages, the websites of all our member organisations and sportscoachUK.

To paraphrase Albert Einstein, it takes a different kind of thinking to solve a problem than the kind of thinking which produced the problem.

Simply, "coaching" is the process of helping people develop their capacity to think about things (such as problems, people, relationships, customers, products, services, the future) in new and creative ways so that they can accomplish what they really want to accomplish.

Coaching is necessary throughout the journey of a participant. They need a good coach to introduce them to the sport or pastime and help them learn and apply new skills and techniques in a fun and engaging way; good coaching will then help improve performance and encourage the participant to become more able and self-reliant and effective coaching is business critical to improving and sustaining performance at the highest levels.

Many of the member organisations will offer training and qualification packages either generically or in their sport or discipline.

We would advise that you look carefully at those and encourage that you get involved and take advantages of the many opportunities there are to both enhance your own training and to share your experiences and expertise with others.

Check out their websites and get involved!

Have a look at the sites on the right hand side of this page (Useful Links) and look at the different opportunities available to you

© Photo above courtesy of Adam Fanthorpe

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