View Full Version : How to become a riding instructor??
12th July 2010, 03:47 PM
What is the best way to become a riding instructor?? Like what qualifications will I need etc. I know for me it will be a bit difficult as I'm only 18 and hardly anyone would want to be taught by a 18 year old but its a route I may take if I don't get into uni.
12th July 2010, 03:53 PM
Best way is to do the BHS courses.
You do stage 1&2, then a PTT (prelim teaching test)
You then do BHSPTC - for which you need to do about 500 teaching hours etc
You then do stage 3, then your BHSAI
Then on to stage 4, ITT
Then i think its stable managers, seniors, and then onto BHSII, BHSI etc
Best to look at the BHS website and have a look there. There is one other place that does alternatives to the BHS courses but the BHS is most recognised
12th July 2010, 04:02 PM
Just been on the BHS website and thats a lot of courses :p I think I would become a private instructor rather than go to a school but does that matter?? Of course I want to do as much as possible as I really want to get back into horses and if I don't get into uni I will get myself a horse which should help as I know 2 years out of not having a horse is bad for me especially my riding :p
Would rather go for the BHS because like you said they are the most recognised.
Thanks BC :)
12th July 2010, 04:07 PM
If i remember correctly the hours [you have to do two lots of 500 hours to get to BHSI, but dont hold me on that] have to be done in a school so it is logged properly by the BHS [has to be at a BHS approved centre]
A few people i've known have worked as stable hands/working students, getting the training and doing the courses upto the PTT then either do their BHSAI on that yard or elsewhere
There are some uni courses out there who do the assistant instructor with another course, as a friend of mine did her BHSAI with a book keeping course
12th July 2010, 04:26 PM
Thanks a lot Em :)
Going to my research as I really need something set in stone incase I don't go to uni because I don't want to be sitting around doing nothing. Thankfully I do know an instructor who I have had lessons from does BHS training so can avoid going to a school for my Stage One at least :)
14th July 2010, 04:45 PM
You don't have to do the 500 teaching hours anymore. A coaching portfolio has to be completed instead.
14th July 2010, 04:46 PM
the PTT is a little trickier now i think you still do a certain number of hours, more if you are working freelance than if you were working in a riding school and also a portofolio, lessn plans shemees of work rider assesments etc
you also need to complete a child protection course and a first aid course before you can be an AI and possibly before you do the PTT
14th July 2010, 05:29 PM
You have to do the first aid but not he child protection because all teaching has to be supervised. I think I read that right anyways.
Well I have come up with my 'If I don't go to uni plan now' because unfortunatly I can't afford to do all these until I have a part time job but I think I have that sussed now :)
Thank-you everyone for the advice :)
14th July 2010, 05:51 PM
Scuse my ignorance but are you getting paid for the teaching hours you put in after doing your stage 1 & 2 and PTT? If you are, then that sounds like a fine plan, takes the pressure off get your BHSAI because technically you are already doing the job you want.
14th July 2010, 06:18 PM
Well if I do get paid then I will think about re-thinking about what I'm going to do. Could mean that I do the rest of my exams at the speed I want. I do want to sort of crash course my Stage 1 & 2, Riding and Road safety and then do my PTT properly.
Does anyone know if you do get paid?
14th July 2010, 09:26 PM
most places will pay you but not a huge amount and its more likely you would get trainign towards the stage three of PTT rahter than a decent wage, some jobs though without being a riding school will still train and pay for you BHS exams such as the ILPH will train and pay for you to do the AI, its how one of my friends was able to get hers and she also got a very good wage off them
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