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As part of a national initiative to standardise and benchmark the quality of sports coaching in the UK, the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) has been introduced, and will ultimately be tailored to meet the needs of all sports.

Equestrian, including dressage, is in the first set of 21 priority sports to be putting the UKCC into practice. The aim is for the UKCC to be recognised as a mark of safe, quality coaching, as well as providing a clear, structured path for personal improvement for coaches.

The UKCC has a general framework of four levels of coach.
Level 1 is for assistant coaches and is generic for the different equestrian disciplines.
Levels 2 and 3 are dressage specific coaching qualifications, Level 2 being for people delivering a coaching session alone and Level 3 for coaches delivering an annual development programme.
Level 4 is a post graduate diploma run through the BEF
If you think a UKCC qualification could help further your career as a coach, here’s how to find out more:


UKCC Level 1
Currently this level is not run by British Dressage but can be achieved through the following:
British Horse Society - training department Tel: 02476 840500
Pony Club - Jenny Yates - 02476 698300
ABRS - Andrew Stennett - 07944 470830 or
via email

UKCC Level 2


The UKCC Level 2 is now a dressage specific coaching qualification.
The UKCC Level 2 qualification is a good way to start enhancing your coaching skills, it consists of 4 workshop days, and a further assessment day.
As part of the course you will need to complete a portfolio which involves coaching riders. This needs to be completed and submitted on the assessment day.



The requirements are:
  • Minimum age 18yrs
  • BD member (full or non-competing)
  • Registered on the trainers database
  • Have a current first aid certificate
  • Have a current child safeguarding certifcate
  • Have public liability insurance
UKCC Level 2 2017 courses
Catherston Stud, Hampshire
Workshop 1    Tuesday 24 January
Workshop 2    Tuesday 28 February
Workshop 3    Tuesday 28 March
Workshop 4    Tuesday 25 April             
Assessment    Tuesday 9 May
Myerscough College, Lancashire
Workshop 1    Tuesday 4 April
Workshop 2    Wednesday 3 May
Workshop 3    Wednesday 14 June
Workshop 4    Wednesday 5 July
Assessment    Tuesday 11 July
Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire
Workshop 1    Friday 19 May (at Swallowfield Equestrian, warks)
Workshop 2    Tuesday 27 June
Workshop 3     Tuesday 11 July
Workshop 4    Wednesday 16 August
Assessment    Wednesday 30 August
Course costs: £900
Assessment cost: £440
For more info, please contact Kelsey Smith via email Chloe French via email or on 02476 698831 

UKCC Level 3 

Fully autonomous (independent) coach; role model at County/Regional level. Can plan, deliver, analyse and review annual programmes of rider development.



For level 3 you will need to submit a portfolio that will show evidence that you can:
Performance Profile two riders at Advanced Medium level
Complete Learning Style Questionnaires for two riders
Goal Set for Riders
Prepare an Annual Plan for Two Riders
Produce 8 x Linked Session Plans
Produce Risk Assessments
Show in a practical assessment that you can:-
Assess and analyse the way of Going of Horses
Use Appropriate Delivery Style
Manage a Safe Coaching Environment
Show Knowledge of Training Horses and Riders to Advanced Medium Level
Prepare a Rider for Competition at Advanced Medium Level
Improve Riders Performance
Give Feedback to Riders on their Performance
UKCC Level 3 2017 courses
Venue – Vale View, Leicestershire
Workshop 1     Tuesday 17 January                                                         
Workshop 2     Monday 13 February
Workshop 3     Monday 6 March                                                                                   
Workshop 4     Tuesday 4 April                                                                     
Workshop 5     Monday 8 May                                                                       
Workshop 6     Tuesday 6 June                                                     
Workshop 7     Monday 3 July                                         
Assessment date: -  Tuesday 25 July
Venue – Oldencraig, Surrey
Workshop 1    Wednesday 24 May                                                         
Workshop 2     Wednesday 21 June                                                                                                                           
Workshop 3     Wednesday 12 July                                                                                             
Workshop 4    Wednesday 23 August                                                                       
Workshop 5     Wednesday 13 September                                                               
Workshop 6     Wednesday 4 October                                                       
Workshop 7    Wednesday 18 October                     
Assessment date: -  Wednesday 1 November
Course costs: £1500
Assessment cost: £440
For more info, please contact Kelsey Smith via email Chloe French via email or on 02476 698831