- Must be 18 years old or over
- Able to understand and communicate in English
- Hold UKCC Level 1 or BHS Stage 2 or equivalent
- If no formal qualification, be able to provide 2 references to back up details of knowledge and teaching experience
- Be in a position to practice coaching between training days
- Hold a valid first aid certificate (copies must be provided before the start of the course)
- Hold a valid safeguarding certificate (copies must be provided before the start of the course)
If you do not yet have Stage 1 & 2 or Level 1, you should:
- look at getting on a course with the Pony Club – they run Level 1 for adults
- Pony Club Coaching qualification training can be found here on the Pony Club site
- or look into gaining the BHS Stage 1 with the help of a local riding school for the practical training and a BHS Assessor for the assessments and a distance learning course for the theory – you could easily do that this year if you are keen and motivated – are you?
- By doing the above you could gain the Coaching Qualification next year and be a fully qualified riding instructor
- Do it – don’t miss out
- Achieve your goal before it’s too late.
If you are younger – leaving school for instance and do not want to go to college, or more mature and cannot fit in college time to gain the initial pre required standards mentioned above, but would like to gain coaching qualifications eventually, here is one route you could take.
Find work as a volunteer and or look for paid work full or part time as a groom at an Association of British Riding Schools centre – one that offers and supports training for those aiming to teach or manage a stables eventually. There you can train for pre requisite qualifications, gain teaching experience and eventually rise through the ranks to gain that Level 2 coaching qualification discussed in this article.
Pony Club Level 1 Training dates for 2020
Dates for upcoming courses are as follows taken from PC website 15th March 2020
Level 1 2020 – Wittering Grange – Peterborough – 2 spaces available
- Day 1 – 27th April 2020
- Day 2 – 1st June 2020
- Day 3 – 13th July 2020
- Assessment Day – 27th July 2020 (Requires separate booking)
Students should personally verify the above is correct with the Pony Clu
Need to get some of the theory under your belt in the meantime?
- Lingfield Level 1 & 2 courses provide the majority of the theory required by those taking Stage 1 & 2 – which is the standard you need for this coaching qualification.
- Lingfield Preparation for the Teaching Award or Coachig Certificate walks you through all the requirements for coaching and teaching assessments and is an ideal prep course for the Coaching Certificate. Take this preparation course now or closer to your induction and assessment date
- If just keen to coach in future or are already working towards gaining a qualification, then why not take this teaching preparation course now – get one step ahead of the rest.
Note that we cannot provide a professional coaching qualification – you must contact the qualifying bodies above for that. We repeat the information stated above:
As is any profession, to achieve a professional qualification to teach, you are required to demonstrate both practically and verbally that you are suitably experienced in your trade or profession. For a riding coach this includes equine management from genuinely basic level (e.g. including mucking out, grooming and riding skills). The horse is a partner in your career and his care & management is paramount and basic to your ability to coach riders and to your coaching skills.
Check the ABRS site for full details of their courses this year