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Important information regarding the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test (PTT) and UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 2

The current UKCC Level 2 award will expire for registrations on 30 June 2018.

From 2011, the BHS would automatically register a candidate for the UKCC Level 2 upon successful completion of the BHS Preliminary Teaching Test, and if the candidate lives within the UK. As the current UKCC will expire on 30 June 2018 this means the BHS can only register you for the UKCC Level 2 if you successfully complete the PTT before 30 June 2018.

After this date, if you would like to gain the UKCC, we can guide you to another BEF member body that will be able to help you.

If you have booked the BHS Stage 2 Teach from September 2017, the UKCC is not integrated into this qualification and the UKCC is not available to you from the BHS.

What is the UKCC Level 2?

The UKCC Level 2 is a generic coaching qualification developed by Sports Coach UK. The BHS would register a candidate for the equestrian coaching qualification with the awarding body, Equestrian Qualifications Ltd (EQL). The UKCC qualification is awarded by EQL upon successful completion of the BHS PTT and a completed coaching portfolio sent to the BHS with the relevant fee (the portfolio is issued by BHS when you book your PTT). The final deadline for all completed portfolios to be received by the BHS is 31 July 2018.

The UKCC Level 2 is an optional qualification and has no effect on your PTT qualification, your options to progress through the BHS Pathways or your eligibility to join as an Accredited Professional Coach.

What does this mean?

If you have attempted at least one attempt of the PTT from 2011, and you have not yet completed the qualification (ie, you still have some units to complete) if you want to be awarded the UKCC Level 2 then you must complete your PTT no later than 30 June 2018, so we can register you for the UKCC Level 2 with the awarding body. You then have until 31 July 2018 to submit your completed portfolio with the relevant fee to the BHS.

If you would like support and guidance to pick up your training for the PTT, or to complete your portfolio, we have Accredited Professional Coaches and Approved Training Centres who can help support your training. Of course, our friendly team are also on hand to answer any queries.

What is the fee for UKCC Level 2?

If you would like the UKCC Level 2 the current fee is £100. This fee includes the costs for the BHS to assess your portfolio and for the awarding body to register and certificate the UKCC Level 2.

What if I do not want to gain the UKCC Level 2?

Don’t worry – there are still plenty of options available to you and we will support you every step of the way.

If you are part way through your PTT qualification you can still complete this qualification, we are currently holding PTT resit days alongside the Stage 2 Teach. Find your next assessment here. If you do not want to gain the UKCC there is no deadline for you to complete your PTT qualification. If you would like support and guidance to pick up your training for the PTT, we have Accredited Professional Coaches and Approved Training Centres who can help support your training. Of course, our friendly team are also on hand to answer any queries.

If you have been issued with a coaching portfolio (this is for candidates who booked their PTT between 2011 and August 2017) then once you have completed your PTT you have until 31 July 2018 to submit your coaching portfolio. The fee to include for this option is £50.

Alternatively, if you do not want to complete the portfolio you can complete the BHS Stage 3 Teach award instead.

Once either of these options are completed you can progress through the BHS Equine Excellence Pathways as normal.

To transition to Stage 2 Teach Award

If you would like to transition to our Stage 2 Teach Award, we will recognise and map across any elements you have already completed of your PTT. You will then only be assessed at Stage 2 Teach against any elements remaining for you to complete your award.

On completion, you will be awarded Stage 2 Teach and if you have also completed Stage 2 Care, Stage 2 Lunge and Stage 2 Ride, we can award you BHS Stage 2 Complete Horsemanship.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss this further please call our Equine Excellence Team on 02476 840508. You can also download the PTT syllabus for further information on this qualification.