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Required Qualifications for Professional Registration

There are four levels of registration, determined by professional and academic qualifications recognised by the Society, with 3 categories depending on riding instructing qualifications held.

Level 1

SEBC Level 3
Holders of SEBC Professional Training Certificate (see further information below) or Animal Behavior Society Board Certification (Equine).

Level 2

SEBC Level 2
As for Level 1 plus a degree in an appropriate subject from a UK based university recognised by the Society or some degrees from universities recognised by the Society in other countries.

Level 3

SEBC Level 1
As for Level 1 plus a veterinary degree or a postgraduate degree in an appropriate subject from a UK based university recognised by the Society or some postgraduate degrees from universities recognised by the Society in other countries.

Senior Consultant

Holders of a PhD or DVM&S degree in an appropriate subject from a UK based university recognised by the Society or some doctoral degrees from universities recognised by the Society in other countries, plus a riding instructing qualification plus a minimum of five years post qualification proven professional practice as an Equine Behaviour Consultant and who are considered by the Society to have made a significant beneficial contribution to the practice of Equine Behavioural Consultancy work.

Category A

British Horse Society (BHS) Accredited Professional Coaches (APC) or holders of BHS Riding Instructing Qualifications with First Aid Qualifications and appropriate Child Protection training.

Category B

Holders of other Riding Instructing Qualifications including UK Coaching Certificates.

Category C

Consultants without Riding Instructing Qualifications.


Registered Consultants are required to hold appropriate insurance, including but not limited to, Third Party and Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Professional Certificate

SEBC Professional Training Certificate

The required Professional Training Certificates are obtained by examination.

Eligibility for examination is by submission of a CV, 2 references and a satisfactory portfolio within 60 days of an examination date. Portfolio pieces will be assessed by the Society’s Examinations Board and candidates advised whether or not their submissions are of the required standard by a minimum of 20 days prior to exam date.

The SEBC Professional Training Exam currently costs £275 and includes a written paper, an oral examination and a practical examination to test knowledge of equine behaviour and professional competency. Fees are not refundable and must be paid a minimum of 10 days before examination date.

SEBC Accredited Courses

SEBC accredited courses train candidates for the PTC exam and give full guidance on portfolio requirements.

Discounts available for SMS Master Saddlers, ACPAT reg Veterinary Physiotherapists, BHS Accredited Professional Coaches amongst others.

For application form and further details, click here or contact us Phone: 01899 221 888 or Email:

Remote Learning

In response to the ongoing Covid situation and many enquiries requesting such, accredited Courses have been restructured so that from September 2021, all SEBC accredited training can now be completed by remote learning.

Students will receive all the required Course material including lectures online, to view and review at times to suit themselves and be able to work through all modules at their own pace, with one to one tutorial assistance available throughout, by email or individual Zoom meetings / telephone chat at times convenient for each student and tutor.

For those who wish, there will be optional additional group sessions with horses at a variety of venues (e.g. Warwickshire College, Kirkley Hall in Northumberland and Oatridge College in Scotland). These will be scheduled for 2022 depending on demand, College availability and Government guidance at that time.

Oatridge College

SRUC Oatridge Campus is a member of the Scottish Equestrian Association, a BHS Training and Exam Centre and popular equestrian competition venue. The Course is based in the modern Arran Room suite, set in beautiful grounds, with practical sessions at the nearby teaching yard, using school horses and the fabulous indoor competition facilities all on campus at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC)

The Oatridge Campus is near Edinburgh, beside the small village of Ecclesmachan just outside Broxburn in West Lothian. It is very well served by road (M8/M9 just west of Edinburgh City Bypass A720) and rail and is only a short taxi ride from Edinburgh Airport, Uphall Station or Linlithgow Station. For directions and travel details please contact Oatridge directly on 01506 864 800 or email

B&B is available on site, contact Oatridge directly and ask for the Accommodation Officer. Alternatively, there is a wide range of Hotels and Scottish Tourist Board Approved accommodation nearby and the Oatridge Campus is easy to get to from Edinburgh, (5 mins from Junction 3 of M8, Livingston).

Warwickshire College

Warwickshire College is also a BHS Training and Exam Centre, renowned for its equestrian facilities and equine courses, being a Centre for Vocational Excellence (Equine) and popular competition venue.

All teaching and practicals are held in the classrooms and equestrian facilities of the College’s Moreton Morrell Centre, just South of Coventry near Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick within easy reach of the M40, easily accessible via the M5, M1 and M6, with Birmingham airport approx  30 minutes away. Accommodation may be available on campus and there is a wide selection of Hotels, B&B etc nearby. For accommodation information call 01926 318295 or email . For general enquiries about the College, contact them directly on 0800 783 6767 or or visit .