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groom training with Equine skills cv

ESCV Endorser

grooms training with equine skills cv

Employers need staff that will make a positive impact upon their business.

A good groom is highly talented at their job and they need to be - looking after horses requires dedication, attention detail and a lot of hard work. 

The Equine Skills CV is not a qualification - it is a record of achievement for the skills that your staff develop and perform in their jobs. It will provide them with the status of a job title that reflects their abilities.

Being part of the Equine Skills CV will mean: 

  • Your staff will receive the recognition for their skills and achievements gained from 'hands-on experience' of working with horses. 
  • It enables you to identify the strengths and weakness of your staff's skills helping you to focus on developing their experience in the areas that you need. 
  • The four recognised groom job titles clearly guide you to the exact level of experience that a groom has got, making advertising for vacancies and   recruitment much easier. 
  • It guides grooms to aspire to climb a career ladder and so will motivate them in their job, helping longer term with staff retention. 

We need you to make this work.
The Equine Skills CV requires employer support to ensure that it is valuable to your staff and your business. It needs the involvement of employers who can use experience and expertise to make judgements about a groom's on the job abilities. 

How does it work?
Skill statements are based upon recognised standards and describe what your groom has to know, understand and be able to do on the job in order to achieve Equine Skills CV recognition. 


The skills statements are presented in a workbook that your groom will have purchased. Your groom can compare their own abilities against the skills statements and it is recommended that they review this with you on a regular basis.

This will enable you to identify the strengths and weakness of your staff’s skills, helping you to focus on developing their experience in the areas that you need. 

When they feel ready, your groom can ask you, as the endorser, to sign off the skills statements when they have proved that they can perform tasks to the level described. 

As the skills get signed off, your grooms can build up a comprehensive record of their achievements.

Once all of the skills statements within a level have been confirmed by you, the groom needs to return the completion slip and they will then receive a Record of Achievement for the job level that they have reached. 

The workbooks provide a clear route for career progression, and identify which skills are needed to achieve a level and the next level. 

Knowing what is possible can be highly motivating and can increase the aspiration of your groom and raise their potential to acquire new skills or further experience. 

Using the workbook you can, with your groom, assess their development on a regular basis and identify any gaps in skills or experience and any necessary training needs can be worked on, to the benefit of all. 

In addition, the skills statements in the workbook can be a useful aid when compiling job adverts, job roles or descriptions and contracts of employment.

How do I apply ? 

Any employer can apply to be an Endorser at no cost at all. You will need to either : 

Be an employer of grooms or use the services of freelance grooms 
Hold the Elite Groom Equine Skills CV level.

An Endorser needs to sign up to the Endorsers Agreement which means you are confident that your own employee, or a self-employed person that may do work for you, has reached the required standards for that level of work. 

In this way, it is an equine industry regulated scheme that has the support and high standing of employers and highly skilled elite grooms. 

To apply to become an ESCV Endorser simply complete the form below.

To make sure you are eligible to be an Endorser, please ensure these statements are true and select the 'I Agree' in Employer Agreement Declaration on the below form: 

 I confirm that I am an employer of grooms or hold my Elite ESCV. 
I agree to review my employee’s career development by comparing their progress against the skills statements within their workbook on a regular basis. 
I agree to endorse them to the best of my ability by signing off the skills statements when my employee has proved that they can perform tasks to the level described
 I agree to protect my employee’s best interests when endorsing their Equine Skills CV. 
I agree that I might be contacted to arrange an appointment to discuss how the Equine Skills CV is working in my business.

Finally download the Endorsers Equine Skills CV guide CLICK HERE




What the personal accident policy covers you for:

  • Whilst at work
  • All stable duties – mucking out, grooming, washing off, turning out
  • Clipping
  • Riding – including hacking and jumping
  • Hunting
  • Lunging
  • Breaking in
  • Holding horse for a vet and other procedures
  • Travelling horses both in the UK and abroad
  • Competing in line with your job including: jumping, dressage, eventing
  • Injuries that may happen to you whilst you are teaching - but you must also be grooming as part of your duties and not be a sole instructor

What the personal accident policy doesn’t cover you for:

  • Riding in a race, point to point or team chase
  • Stunt Riding
  • Accidents occurring whilst travelling to and from work
  • Riding and competing your own horse (but you can upgrade when applying for membership to include this)
  • Public Liability – this is a separate insurance policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance
  • Care Custody and Control – this is a separate policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance

If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.


When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.




Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   

 Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.   


Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name NO NO YES
Buy and sell horses NO YES YES

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