1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horse Care and Management

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 This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

Developed in partnership with the British Racing Authority (BHA) the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in the Organisation and Administration of the Horseracing Industry builds on existing knowledge and understanding of horse care and provides the learner with the knowledge required to care for horses without constant supervision.

*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Learners are required to:

  • have been accurately identified*
  • be at least 16 years of age
  • able to communicate effectively in English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

NB. It is recommended that potential learners have an interest in the area and/or some experience to ensure that this is the correct qualification for them.

* The identify check must be completed in the course induction

The learner must successfully achieve 18 credits by completing the six mandatory units.

Unit Title Reference No GLH  Credit
1 Principles of routine horse care F/602/4635 30 3
2 Principles of horse health and welfare J/602/4636  36 4
3 Principles of training and preparing horses for work  R/602/4638  30 3
4 Principles of transporting horses J/602/5320 30 3
5 Principles of employment rights and responsibilities in the land based industries J/602/5253 15 2
6 Principles of health and safety in the horse industry L/602/4590 26 3


For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • Online assessment

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [email protected]

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.