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British Dressage Coaching Certificate Information for British Dressage Members

What is BDCC?
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. There are four levels with all sports requiring the same coaching skills at each level.

Level 1 – Assistant…delivers aspects of sessions…direct supervision
Level 2 – Basic, safe coach.  Can prepare for, deliver and review a progressive series of sessions. This is now a Dressage specific coaching qualification.

Level 3 – Fully autonomous (independent) coach; role model at County/Regional level. Can plan, deliver, analyse and review annual programmes of rider development
Level 4 – This is a Post Graduate Diploma run through the BEF. 
Level 1 is generic and as such British Dressage do not currently run this qualification.

Level 2 and 3 are discipline-specific, which for BD means you will be assessed coaching up to Elementary for Level 2 and Advanced Medium for Level 3.

What are the benefits of a BDCC dressage specific qualifcation?

The Dressage Coaching Certificate are courses made up by four day workshops for Level 2 and seven day workshops for the Level 3 where you will have an assigned Coach Educator throughout the entire course delivering the content of the programme but also to act as mentor throughout. UKCC has raised the profile of equestrian coaching by establishing best practice coaching standards. We now have 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.

British Dressage recognise this knowledge and the hard work that goes into completing a BDCC qualification and strive to continue to support our coaches, and develop their careers after the courses. Therefore any regional training up to Elementary must be taken by either a recognised or accredited coach. Any medium or advanced medium training can only be taken by an accredited coach. This is an excellent way to expose your coaching skills, and begin to develop your own client base. 

For further information on Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications please click here

To see the course pre-qualification matrix please click here.

British Dressage Coaching Certificate Level 2-  Course Dates and Fees- CLICK HERE

  British Dressage Coaching Certificate Level 3-  Course Dates and Fees- CLICK HERE 


What You Need to Do Now?
 If you are interested in applying for any of the above courses then please click here to download a Level 2 application form and click here to download a Level 3 application form. 

To see our Complaints and Appeals Procedure please click here

If you would like more details please contact Viki Dicesare at British Dressage.
Email:-          Tel:-  02476 698833


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.

Listed below are our UKCC Level 4 Qualified Coaches, to read Tom Grahams experience of the Level 4 Qualification, please click here

For further information on the UKCC Level 4 Qualification and the information day that is being held on the 23 May 2018, 10-3pm at University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9HW then please click here or you can visit the BEF website

Application Process 2018

Level 4 Programme Information day
23 May 2018 (10-3pm) Uni of Gloucestershire

Application Deadline
11 June 2018

BEF Seeks Member Body endorsement
12 June 2018

Week beginning 9 July 2018

Formal Admission to PG Dip and Level 4
August 2018

Applications can be sent to




UKCC Level 2, UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4

Accredited Coach
UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4
UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4
Accredited Coach
Janet Anne
UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4
Accredited Coach