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Join the Largest Accredited Professional Coaching Community

Approved and accredited by the BHS, Accredited Professional Coaches meet the highest professional standards within the industry. Our community of professional coaches connects people, ideas and resources to embed world-class standards, drive continual professional development and promote innovation in equestrian coaching.

Here are just a few of the many benefits you’ll gain as an Accredited Professional Coach:

  • Deliver and assess the Challenge Awards
  • Access to train as a Ride Safe Trainer
  • Branded online business toolkit and resources
  • BHS first aid and safeguarding courses included for the duration of your membership
  • BHS Gold membership for the duration of accreditation
  • Access to attend Continual Professional Development events in partnership with BEF member bodies
  • Access to an exclusive professional online community
  • A free Accredited Professional Coach jacket
  • Discounts on BHS assessments
  • Option to take out Public Liability, including Grooms Insurance and care, custody and control to cover you for all your professional coaching activities

This professional membership scheme is open to anyone who is a Coach in Complete Horsemanship.

For more information and how to apply to become an Accredited Professional Coach, visit the BHS website or call our Accredited Professionals Team on 02476 840565.

Accredited Professional Centre Coach/Ride Leader/Groom Packages

UK and Ireland only

This is the new Proprietor and Coach package, there are currently three schemes under this package

  • Accredited Professional Centre Coach
  • Accredited Professional Centre Ride Leader
  • Accredited Professional Centre Groom

To apply Centre Staff would have to be qualified to:

Centre Coach – BHS Stage 2 Complete Horsemanship (including Stage 2 Teach) or above
Ride Leader – BHS Stage 2 Ride Leader or above
Groom – BHS Stage 2 Foundation Groom or above
All – must hold Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate

In order to become an Accredited Professional:

All Coaches/Ride Leaders/Grooms must be a current BHS Gold Member

Accredited Professional package includes:

  • Ability to access branding for Accredited Professional materials on clothing etc.
  • 25% discount on BHS Assessments
  • Reduced cost of First Aid Course (2 days = £100 rather than £139, 1 day = £65 rather than £89)
  • Discounts on many CPD events and conventions
  • Access to BHS Education standardisation training days
  • Access to business tool-kit including useful coaching resources
  • Accredited Professional ID card
  • Accredited Professional folder and certificate (given in year one of membership only)
  • Access to Accredited Professional Coach Facebook page (closed group)
  • Authority to sign off Career Pathway Skills Record (subject to qualification level)
  • Authority to deliver Challenge Awards (will need to undergo training prior to delivering Challenge Awards)
  • Authority to train Ride Safe and sign off Ride Safe Guide
Terms & Conditions
  1. The Approved Centre Coach/Ride Leader/Groom membership term will run in conjunction with the corresponding Approved Centre membership
  2. The membership may be upgraded mid-term and cost will be adjusted accordingly, any membership reductions will be applied at the time of the Approved Centre membership renewal
  3. It is the responsibility of the Approved Centre to notify the BHS Approvals Department of any changes to the named Coaches/Ride Leaders/Grooms
  4. All coaches taking part in this scheme must be employed by the Approved Centre and work a minimum of 40 hours per month
  5. BHS Assessors that are employed by the Approved Centre can be part of the membership as long as they provide evidence of insurance for assessing
  6. All nominated Centre Coaches must abide by the BHS Accredited Professional Coach’s Code of Conduct
  7. The Centre must be approved for at least 6 months before taking out this membership
  8. Branding can only be used in conjunction with employed work of the centre (cannot be used on a freelance basis)