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Education is the DNA of the British Horse Society and we support and endorse any advancement of knowledge and skills through a variety of educational routes and industry experience. We welcome applications from individuals who are looking to join the BHS Career Pathways at any point in their career, and welcome professionals to apply for direct entry into our BHS Career Pathways should you be able to evidence your learning and experience.

We provide two routes for direct entry into the Equine Excellence Career Pathway:

  • Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL)
  • Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)


Recognition of Prior Certified Learning

This is recommended for those who hold a qualification at the equivalent standard as a BHS qualification and this has been awarded within the last five years. The qualifications we accept for RPCL are listed below. If your qualification is not listed below, for example, UK Coaching Certificates, we welcome you to apply via Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning

This is recommended for those who may have achieved their qualifications over five years ago, hold a qualification not recognised by the BHS for Recognised Prior Certificated Learning or have industry experience. We recommend that all candidates undergo training or have an initial assessment with a BHS Assessor to ensure they are at the relevant level for entry into the assessment of their choice.