BE Accredited Coach requirements

British Eventing requires its Accredited Coaches to fulfil specific criteria, designed to help them to maintain professionalism and to provide the best service to riders at all times. These criteria include both essential qualifications and specific certification, including first aid, safeguarding children, public liability insurance and a DBS check. The requirements for coaches to become BE Accredited are centred around the British Eventing Coaching Certificates (BECC), endorsed by UKCC qualifications, which BE offers at Level 2 and Level 3. BE Accredited Coaches must also hold fully paid up BE membership in order to remain accredited (all membership types are valid apart from Day Pass Membership).

For any queries on the requirements, please email

For any of the relevant certificates required below, if the coach is also listed as a BHS APC (Accredited Professional Coach) and has already submitted certificates directly to the BHS, then BE can obtain copies of these. BE Accredited Coaches need to inform BE that they are listed as a BHS APC, and agree to data sharing.

First Aid Certification

All BE Accredited Coaches must be able to evidence an up-to-date equine specific first aid or first aid at work certificate at all times. A copy of the relevant certificate must be sent to BE. Specific requirements for first aid are as follows:

  • Follows the same requirements as the British Horse Society (BHS) Register of Instructors (ROI)
  • Each First Aid course must be certified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Accepted courses include:

  • A three-day initial first aid at work (FAW) course that meets the HSE criteria and guidelines
  • A two-day refresher FAW course that meets the HSE criteria and guidelines
  • A two-day initial BHS first aid course booked through the BHS
  • A one-day refresher BHS first aid course booked through the BHS
  • An Ofqual accredited Level 3 certificate where the course has been run over three days.

If you have never done a first aid course before you will need to do a three day first aid at work course, either through the BHS or another provider who runs courses that are certified by the HSE. 

If you have already done the three-day first aid at work course as detailed above, but your certificate has lapsed, you will need to do a two-day refresher first aid at work course either through the BHS or another provider who runs courses that are certified by the HSE.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks

Every BE Accredited Coach must be DBS checked in order to remain on the list. DBS was formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. 

These checks are now managed by the BE office for those not on the BHS Register of Instructors (ROI). Following an initial check where specific documents must be evidenced, coaches can then sign up for the annual renewals service. This is the most cost effective and efficient option for renewing your DBS. This means that coaches records will be automatically checked each year with no need to send paperwork in each time. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, you will need to sign up for the service within 19 days of carrying out the initial check.

The alternative is to be re-checked every three years, meaning a coach’s identity documents must be re-submitted each time.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Along with all other British Equestrian Federation (BEF) member bodies, BE fully adopts the BEF Safeguarding Equestrian Sport Policy. As part of this, we place great emphasis on the importance of our coaches completing a safeguarding and protecting children workshop every three years. If you have completed a safeguarding and protecting children workshop since July 2011, completing the online refresher course will be sufficient. This is now available by emailing

Workshops must be completed every three years, with a face to face-to-face workshop being alternated with an online refresher each time. (i.e. face-to-face course completed, three years later an online refresher is completed, three years later a face-to-face course is completed and so on). 

Public Liability Insurance

Every BE Accredited Coach must show evidence of an up-to-date public liability or professional indemnity insurance certificate in order to remain on the list.

Coaches now have the chance to purchase professional indemnity and public liability insurance for coaches and instructors directly from BE for a very competitive price. BE coaches insurance may be purchased at quarterly intervals throughout the year. Please contact for more information.

Training Contact

If you have a question about any aspects of our training, you can contact the Head Office Training and Education Team on or 02476 698866.

If you have a question about training in your local area, you can get in touch with the Regional Development Officer or Under 18 Regional Contact in your region.