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BHSQ Level 4 Diploma in BHS Riding and Training Horses


Qualification Level: 4


Total Qualification Time:

637 hours (of which 375 are Guided Learning Hours)


Qualification purpose

By successfully completing this qualification learners will be able to assess the performance of the horse constructively, offering areas for development. They will give accurate schooling methods. Learners will also lunge a horse for improvement.

This qualification is broken down into two smaller qualifications, please see the specification for further details:

  • BHSQ Level 4 Award in Lunge a Horse for Improvement (TQT – 81, GLH – 35)
  • BHSQ Level 4 Certificate in Riding Horses on the Flat (TQT – 283, GLH – 170)


Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for learners who wish to base their career on training and producing horses. It is likely that learners will already be employed or working on a self-employed basis in the industry and are seeking career advancement. Learners may progress to this qualification after completing the BHS Stage 3 Ride awards or BHSQ/BHS equivalent. Please refer to entry requirements at unit level.

This qualification is also available to learners at the appropriate level who have industry experience and/or hold non BHS equine qualifications. To enter they will apply via the BHS RPCL or RPEL direct entry process.


Age range

This qualification is available to learners who are 18 years and above.


What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification is designed primarily to support career progression to a senior or management role. Learners completing this qualification could access roles in areas such as:

  • Senior Groom and Rider/Trainer
  • Freelance Senior Groom and Rider/Trainer

Employment in these roles could be in a variety of equestrian environments including; riding schools, competition yards (any discipline), livery yards, private yards, police and military, and welfare or veterinary centres.

This qualification offers progression to the BHS Stage 5 awards, please contact The BHS for further information.


To download the qualification specification click here.


For more information about this qualification please visit the BHS website.