Educated equestrians

= improved equine welfare!

Riding Instructor Qualifications

Riding Instructor Examination Minimum Requirements


Entry to Level 1 by apprenticeship or exam.  Examinations under the auspices of National Federation and/or Government


Level Riding Stable Management Teaching Notes
1 Novice D/Dressage A Novice Show Jumping A Riding Club/Eventing A Basic anatomy & physiology. Recognise health & ill health Care for horses in routine situations. Lunge a horse for exercise. How to ride basic dressage on trained horses. Jump to 85cms to establish balance & security. Stable Management Novice D - work a trained horse to basic dressage level Show Jump – fences to 1m in good rhythm & style. Cross Country – fences to 85cms in good rhythm & style.
2 Train school horses to maintain Elementary Dressage/L/C. Show Jump to L/C/ Newcomers. Cross Country to A/Novice Event. Further anatomy and physiology. Recognise lameness and take suitable action. Develop and maintain fitness for competition work. Plan routines for staff and students. Communicate well with others and inter-relate Classes and individuals up to elementary dressage level L/C on trained horses. Show Jump to 1.05m to develop awareness of stride control. Cross Country to 1m. Stable Management – practical and theory. Elementary work with trained and young horses up to basic lateral work, rein back, showing awareness of correctness of techniques. Work a horse on the lunge to develop basic paces and balance. Show Jump–fences to 1.10m Cross Country-fences to 1.05m, showing effectiveness and awareness of going and terrain.
3 Train and school horses to Medium Dressage/M/B. Show Jump to Foxhunter/ L/C. Cross Country to 2 star Able to manage a large stable with all the required skills. Manage people to enable progression and efficiency. Manage horses to maintain health and fitness. Manage a business to maintain economic growth. Classes and individuals up to Medium level. Include further lateral work, demi-pirouette and flying changes. Show Jump to 1.20m. Cross Country to 1.10m. Train others with young horses. Pedagogic skills, psychology of learning. Communication skills Medium work with trained and young horses up to more advanced lateral work to include demi-pirouette, half-pass & flying changes, showing awareness of competition requirements. Show Jump-fences to 1.20m Including how to ride a course maintaining balance and effectiveness. Cross Country-fences to 1.10m, understanding complex competition problems. Work a horse on the lunge to develop self-carriage and enhance the paces.

Note: Cross Country - in some countries Cross Country is not possible. Check passports for specialist qualifications and endorsements.

Matrix Guidelines

Level Activity May Include Work With Status Workplace Recommended Training Time
1

Teaching with limited responsibility, usually under the supervision of Level 2 or 3.

Novice riders, children, recreational riders.

Basic instructor for

  • Pony Clubs
  • Equestrian Tourism
  • Recreational Riders

Simple instruction in horse care and management.

Club or Riding School recommended or approved by the National Federation and/or Government.

  • Minimum age – 18 years.
  • 2 years training following full-time education, as appropriate.
2

Independent instructor with responsibility for all aspects of teaching

All

  • Training to Level 1.
  • Coach for novice competitions.
  • Plan training programmes.
  • Training others in horse care and management.
  • Club
  • College
  • Riding School recommended or approved by the National Federation and/or Government
  • Minimum age – 20 years
  • 2 years further training from Level 1
3

Independent Master Instructor

All

  • Training to Levels 1 & 2
  • Coach competitive disciplines to M/Medium level
  • Manage equestrian centre
  • Plan programmes for all levels
  • Traveling instructor
  • Large Centre
  • Minimum age – 22 years
  • 2 years further training from Level 2

Eligibility

Country International Level 1 International Level 2 International Level 3 International Expert
Australia

EFA/NCAS

Level 1 General

EFA/NCAS

Level 2 General

EFA/NCAS

Level 3 General

Austria

Reitwart

Reitinstruktor

Reittrainer

Bereiter (FENA)

Pferdew Mstr.

Zucht & Haltung

Reitlehrer

Reitlehrer (FENA)

Belgium (BLOSO & ADEPS LEWB)

Initiator/Jeugdsport
Begeleider (BLOSO)


Moniteur N/veau
(ADEPS-LEWB)

Trainer B (BLOSO)
Instructeur B (BLOSO)


Aide Moniteur (ADEPS-LEWB)

Trainer A (BLOSO)


Moniteur (ADEPS-LEWB)

Toptrainer (BLOSO)


Entraineur (ADEPS-LEWB)

Bermuda

Preliminary

Instructor Certificate

Instructor's

Certificate

Trainer's

Certificate

Canada

National Coaching 

Certificate Level 1.

New 2010 – Competition Coach

National Coaching

Certificate Level 2.

New 2011 – Competition Coach Specialist

National Coaching

Certificate Level 3. 

New 2011- High

Performance 1

National Coaching Certificate Level 4. Future plan - High Performance 2

Czech Republic

Instructor

Trainer II Grade

Trainer I Grade

Denmark

Trainerlev

Trainer

Berider

Finland

Ratsastuksenohjaaj

(Assistant Instructor)

Ratsastuksenopettaja

(Riding Instructor)

Master Opettaja

Master Instructor

France

BAP (Brevet
D'Animateur Poney)

Animateur Asistant d'Equitation (AAE)

BEES 1e Degré -
Brevet D'Etat
D'Educateur
Sportif option
activities équestres

BPJEPS Equitation (Brevet Professionnel de laJeunesse de l'Education Populaire et du Sport Equitation

BEES 2e Degré

Instructorat (option 

Équitation)


DESJEPS mention equitation

Germany

Facheubungsleiter
Reitwart

Trainer C

Amateurreitlehrer
Pferdewirt
schwerpunkt ‘Reiten’
Bereiter (FN)

Trainer B

Pferdewirt-

schaftsmeister-

Teibereich

‘Reitausbildung’

Berufsreitlehrer (FN)

Trainer A

Reitmaster

Dipl. Tr Reiten

Pferdew Mstr.

Reiten

Hungary

Lovas oktató

Sportoktató belovagló

Lovas edzö

Lovas szakedzö

Ireland
Israel

IEF Level 1 (SHLAV ALEF)

Italy

Instructor Level 1

Instructor Level 2

Instructor Level 3

Malawi

See South Africa

Malaysia

Malaysian Equine Council Level 1

Netherlands

Leerling Pikeur (NHB)
Begeleider Paardensport (NHB)
Commandant (ORUN)
1e fase Kandidaat Instructeur (ORUN)
Instructeur 2 (ORUN)

Instructeur Paardensport Basissport (KNHS)

 

Pikeur NHB

Instructeur 1 (NHB)

Zelfstandig Beroepsbeoefenaar Paardensport (NHB)

Vakbekwaam medewerker Paardensport (NHB)

Instructeur Paardensport III (NHB)

Assistant Instructeur (ORUN)

Instructeur 2e fase (ORUN)

Instructeur 3 (ORUN)

Instructeur 3e klasse (NHB)

Instructeur 2 (NHB)

Instructeur 3 (NHB)

Kaderfunctionaris Paardensport (NHB)

Gespecialiseerd Beroepsbeoefenaar Paardensport (NHB)

Bedrijfsleider Instructeur Paardensport (NHB)

Instructeur Paardensport IV (NHB)

Manager Paardensportbedrijf (NHB)

Instructeur (ORUN)

Instructeur 3e fase (ORUN)

Instructeur 4 (ORUN)

Norway

Ridelærer 1

Ridelærer 2

Ridelærer 3

Poland

Instruktor Sportu Jezdzieckiego bez udokumentowanego posiadania I klasy sportowej

Instruktor Sportu Jezdzieckiego z udokumentowanego posiadaniem I klasy sportowej

Trener jeździectwa
II klasy

Trener jeździectwa 
I klasy

Trener jeździectwa klasy mistrzowskiej

Portugal

Ajudante de Monitor

Monitor

Instructor
Treinador Nacional

Treinador

Internacional

Metre de Equitaçäo

Romania

Assistant Coach

Coach

San Marino

Istruttore Federale 1

Istructtore Federale 2

Slovenia

Inštruktor

Učitelj

Trener

South Africa

SANEF National

Certificate of

Horsemastership &

Preliminary Riding

Instruction - Level 1

SANEF National

Instructors Certificate

Standard Level 2

SANEF National

Instructors Certificate

Advanced - Level 3

SANEF Specialist

Instructor

Spain

Monitor

Tecnico Deportivo

de Doma, Salto Y

CCE

Certificate

Ayudante de Instructor

Tecnico Deportivo de Doma

Salto Y CCE

Official Qualification

Instructor

Tecnico Superior

en Hipica

Official Qualification

Tecnico Superior+

Specialty Doma

Salto

CCE

Paraecuestre

Sweden

Biträdande

Ridinstruktör

Svensk Ridlärare I

Ridinstruktör Svensk Ridlärare II

Ridlärare

Svensk Ridlärare III

(A-Tränare)

Int. Tränare

Swedish Fellow

Switzerland

Écuyer avec certificat

fédéral de capacité

(Bereiter mit

fahigkeitsausweis) OR

Professional du cheval

CFC (Pferdefachperson

EFZ)

Écuyer avec brevet

professionnel

(Bereiter mit

Berufsprufung)

Maitre d'équitation

Diplomé

Dipliméirter

Reitlehrer

United Kingdom

BHS Assistant

Instructor (BHSAI)

Stage 3 Coach

BHS Intermediate

Instructor (BHSII)

Stage 4 Senior Coach

BHS Instructor (BHSI)

Stage 5 Performance Coach

Fellow of the BHS (FBHS)