British Dressage Coaching Certificate

The British Dressage Coaching Certificate (endorsed by UKCC) is a government recognised qualification which is accredited by 1st4sport that provides a recognised stamp of quality coaching across all sports around the UK.

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What's involved in the BDCC?

The courses are made up of four day workshops for Level 2 and seven day workshops for the Level 3 where you'll have an assigned Coach Educator throughout the entire course who will deliver the programme content and act as mentor throughout.

There are four levels with all sports requiring the same coaching skills at each level, with us offering level 2 and level 3:

Level 2: this is a dressage specific qualification that teaches you how to be a basic, safe coach who can prepare for, deliver and review a progressive series of sessions. You will be assessed coaching up to Elementary for Level 2.

Level 3: learn how to be a fully autonomous (independent) coach who is a role model at County/Regional level. This qualification will enable you to plan, deliver, analyse and review annual programmes of rider development. You will be assessed coaching up to Advanced Medium for Level 3.

If you're interested in the Level 1 qualification (to deliver aspects of coaching sessions under supervision) or Level 4 (a Post Graduate Diploma) then visit the BEF website for more information.

What are the benefits of a dressage specific qualification?

  • The coaching certificates has raised the profile of equestrian coaching by establishing best practice coaching standards.
  • It's a nationally recognised framework of qualifications for coach education developed by the UK’s most successful sports.
  • The successful completion of a BDCC dressage specific qualification demonstrates that you have the technical knowledge and practical ability to coach riders to the level of the qualification gained.
  • We recognise the knowledge and hard work that goes into completing a BDCC qualification and strive to continue to support our coaches, and develop their careers after the courses. We therefore have a requirement that any regional training up to Elementary must be taken by either a recognised or accredited coach, and any medium or advanced medium training can only be taken by an accredited coach.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for any of the above courses then please download the relevant application form:

Level 2

Level 3

If you would like more details, see individual qualification requirements below, or contact Viki Dicesare on 02476 698833 or email viki.dicesare@britishdressage.co.uk

British Dressage Coaching Certificate Level 2 

Achievement of the qualification is through attendance on a course of training and assessment. The assessment specification requires learners to:

  • Complete a series of assessed tasks contained within their learner portfolio, provided by 1st4sport.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate a minimum of six coaching sessions in dressage. Four of the six sessions must be linked and progressive, and working with the same individual or group of participants in order to monitor and review any progress made. The additional sessions will ideally be planned for a different participant type to the linked and progressive sessions e.g. adults/youths/children/para. One of the additional sessions could be at a mock competition.
  • Demonstrate their ability to coach session(s) in two practical coaching assessments, split into one group session of 45 minutes and one individual session of 30 mins which could be at a mock competition (either in their workplace or in a simulated environment). Observed sessions may be taken from the six planned sessions.

The learner portfolio and the practical demonstrations are inclusive of all assessment criteria. Successful completion will result in the achievement of the qualification.

Requirements

  • Full or Premier Club British Dressage Membership
  • At least 17 years old (please note we cannot certificate this course until the candidate is 18)
  • Have a current recognised first aid certificate*
  • Have a current recognised safeguarding certificate*
  • Have public liability insurance
  • You must have 2 riders at Novice/Elementary Level which you coach on a regular basis, this is essential as you will be required to complete case studies and areas of the portfolio based on riders at this level.

*must be a face to face course and not online

Qualification and Competency Requirements

  • UKCC Level 1
  • UKCC Level 2 (generic or other MB)
  • BHS Stage 3 Coach(Previously a BHS Assistant Instructor or BHSAI)
  • BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach (Previously a BHS Intermediate Instructor or BHSII)
  • British Horse Society ITT
  • The Association of British Riding Schools Stable Management Test 7 & ABRS Equitation Test No.6
  • The Pony Club B Test
  • Riding for the Disabled Coach Exam
  • Other experience or learning not evidenced by the above qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis

Workshops

For Level 2 there are four one-day workshops approximately a month apart followed by a final assessment.

The workshops are a mixture of theory based classroom sessions where the information needed for the portfolio will be covered, and practical coaching sessions where the coaching skills will be covered. Advice on the technical skills will also be given in the practical sessions but we cannot make you technically competent at the level in 4 sessions so you must be competent and confident in your technical skills before applying.

You will also need to be prepared to work on your own between workshops. This includes completing the portfolio tasks and could include watching other coaches and making sure you get as much coaching practise as possible.

British Dressage Coaching Certificate Level 3 

Achievement of the qualification is normally through attendance on a course of training and assessment. The assessment specification requires learners to:

  • Complete a series of assessed tasks contained within their learner portfolio, provided by 1st4sport
  • Plan a seasonal coaching programme. The coaching programme must be focused on one rider
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate an aspect of a seasonal coaching programme covering a minimum of an 8-week period where a minimum of 8 sessions are planned, delivered and evaluated
  • Demonstrate their ability to coach dressage session(s) in [coaching for a minimum of 90 minutes, through the observation of one 45 minute session and one 45 minute simulated competition] practical coaching assessments. Observations will take place with riders in an assessment situation which closely simulates a private clinic and mock competition. Where observations are conducted in a simulated environment, these must be in addition to the 8 that must be delivered in the coach’s normal coaching environment.

The learner portfolio and the practical demonstrations are inclusive of all assessment criteria. Successful completion will result in the achievement of the qualification.

Requirements

General Pre Requisites

  • Full or Premier Club Dressage Membership
  • At least 17 years old (please note we cannot certificate this course until the candidate is 18)
  • Have a current recognised first aid certificate*
  • Have a current recognised safeguarding certificate
  • Have public liability insurance
  • *must be face to face course and not online
  • You must be able to provide two riders you will use for your portfolio: Rider 1 must be competing at Advanced Medium or above gaining scores at 60% or above. Rider 2 can be competing at Medium or above gaining 60% or above. You can use an event rider of the equivalent level.

Qualification and competency requirements

  • Hold a British Dressage Level 2 in Coaching or a UKCC Level 3 Generic qualification
  • Hold a BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach (previously BHSI)
  • BHS Fellow

Workshops

For Level 3 there are seven one-day workshops about a month apart followed by a final assessment.

The workshops are a mixture of theory based classroom sessions where the information needed for the portfolio will be covered and practical coaching sessions where the coaching skills will be covered. Advice on the technical skills will also be given in the practical sessions but we cannot make you technically competent at the level in 7 sessions so you must be competent and confident in your technical skills before applying.

You will also need to be prepared to work on your own between workshops, this would be completing the portfolio tasks and could be watching other coaches and making sure you get as much coaching practise as possible.

UKCC Level 4 Qualification

The Level 4 Coaching Qualification provides coaches with a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Professional Practice in Sport Coaching and is designed to support and credit learning within the workplace. Forming an integral part of the UKCC Level 4 qualification for high performing coaches it has been created around work-based learning (WBL) modules focused on skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop professional practice as well as the ability to manage academic learning.

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