How to become a horse riding instructor
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You may be able to start through an intermediate equine groom or senior equine groom advanced apprenticeship.
Once you complete your apprenticeship, you could apply for jobs as a riding instructor's assistant and take further coaching qualifications on the job.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can complete training and pass exams with the British Horse Society (BHS) or Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS).
You'll need to be a member of the BHS to follow their Coaching Pathway. You can train for the Stage 3 Coach award to qualify as a riding instructor.
The ABRS training route and practical exams include:
- an Initial Teaching Test
- a UK Coaching Certificate
You do not need to be a member of the ABRS to take their exams.
You can also complete other specialist instructor awards through organisations like the Pony Club.
You can work with people with disabilities by following the Riding for the Disabled Association's Coaching Pathway.