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Groom training with Equine skills CV

How it works

What do i need to do?

Equine skills CV

When applying for the first time, you will receive your Equine Skills CV folder and the workbook that you have requested. Each workbook costs £25.00 - includes postage in UK. For other countries please contact us to enquire regarding postage costs. 

The workbooks contains skill statements which describe what you need to know, understand and be able to do in order to reach the required the level of job.

You must compare your own abilities against the skills statements, and when you feel ready, ask your endorser (employer or Elite groom) to confirm your achievements

  Your endorser must be registered with the BGA to sign off the statements. 

 Once all of the skills statements have been signed off, you need to return the completion slip  to the BGA and you will then receive a 'Record of Achievement' for the job level achieved.

This should be placed in the final section of your folder which is entitled 'Your CV'. Here you can also write down your job history, qualifications held and any other personal achievements: keeping it up to date it will be beneficial for attending a job interview, both for you and your employer.

The workbooks provide a clear route for your own career progression, and identify which skills you need to achieve at the level you are at and the next level.

Knowing what is possible can be highly motivating and you can set your sights on even greater things!  So, what are you waiting for, apply for your Equine Skills CV today!

What level should I start at?
You can start at any level and if you are confused about which to begin with, see below the skills required for each:  

FOUNDATION   - you must complete all of these skills:-+

F.1     Feed and water horses under direction
F.2     Clean stables under direction
F.3     Clean the yard under direction
F.4     Groom and wash horses under direction
F.5     Put on and remove horse rugs under direction
F.6     Put on and remove tack under direction
F.7     Clean tack and horse clothing according instructions
F.8     Lead and trot up a horse under supervision
F.9     Catch and move horses under direction
F.10   Awareness of Prohibited Substances
F.11   Maintain good working relationships
F.12   Maintain health and safety in the workplace
F.13   Timekeeping
F.14   Mount and dismount quiet horses
F.15   Ride a quiet horse
F.16   Ride horses on a hack and on the road


INTERMEDIATE -  The workbook is split in 2 sections. -+

You must show that you can perform all of the skills in the core section :

I.1     Prepare stables for horses
I.2     Clean and maintain stables
I.3     Feed and water horses
I.4     Monitor the health and well-being of horses
I.5     Prohibited Substances Awareness
I.6     Fit and remove horse clothing
I.7     Plait and trim horses
I.8     Clean and groom horses for public appearance
I.9     Clip horses under direction
I.10    Restrain horses
I.11    Unload horses under supervision
I.12    Assist with the on-going care of horses
I.13    Receive equines and carry out initial assessment
I.14    Load horses under supervision
I.15    Prepare grazing land for horses
I.16    Maintain horses at grass
I.17    Timekeeping
I.18    Establish and maintain effective working relationships
I.19    Identify the hazards and evaluate the risks in the workplace
I.20    Reduce the risks to health and safety in workplace
I.21    Maintain and develop personal performance
I.22    Deal with emergencies

Then choose any 4 of these options :

IO.1    Competition Experience
IO.2    Fit tack for exercise
IO.3    Lunge and long rein horses
IO.4    Ride horses on a hack and on the road
IO.5    Ride and lead quiet horses
IO.6    Assist with care of horses after strenuous exercise
IO.7    Assist with the care of horses during competitions and hunting
IO.8    Apply harnesses and hitch horses
IO.9    Drive quiet horses
IO.10  Clean and maintain vehicles and harnesses
IO.11  Maintenance of riding surfaces

In addition you can apply for an Intermediate Stud Groom workbook. To achieve this endorsement you must complete all of the following skills:

IS.1  Assist with the teasing process
IS.2  Assist with foaling
IS.3  Assist in handling mares and foals
IS.4  Assist with the preparation of breeding stock for sales


ADVANCED -  The workbook is split in 2 sections. -+

You must show that you can perform all of the skills in the core section:
A.1 Plan diets and implement feeding regimes
A.2 Monitor and maintain stocks of feeding and bedding
A.3 Monitor and recognise health and welfare
A.4 Deliver basic health care treatment to horses
A.5 Prohibited substances awareness
A.6 Prepare horses for public appearance
A.7 Clip horses
A.8 Prepare for transportation
A.9 Care for horses during and after transportation
A.10 Mentor less experienced staff
A.11 Introduce young horses to equipment
A.12 Plan, allocate and monitor yard duties
A.13 Maintain healthy, safe and productive working conditions
A.14 Make recommendations for improvements to work activities
A.15 Identify and reduce risks to safety in your workplace
A.16 Time management
A.17 Full driving licence (exemption for medical reasons)
A.18 Experience evidence
And need to choose any 6 of the add on skills:
AO.1 Exercise and improve performance using lunging or long reining
AO.2 Contribute to training from the ground and backing
AO.3 Tack up horses for specialist work
AO.4 Ride horses for exercise and recognise fitness levels
AO.5 Ride and lead horses for exercise
AO.6 Care for horses after strenuous exercise
AO.7 Care for horses at competition/hunting
AO.8 Care for horses after competition/hunting
AO.9 Stay over at competitions
AO.10 Drive a lorry
AO.11 Prepare driving horses and vehicles for road use
AO.12 Carry out road driving manoeuvres
AO.13 Attend to horses and vehicles after driving

In addition you can apply for an Advanced Stud Groom workbook. To achieve this endorsement you must complete all of the following skills:

AS.1 Contribute to getting the mare in foal
AS.2  Maintain Stud Documentation
AS.3 Attend to the mare and foal during foaling
AS.4 Care for the mare and foal
AS.5 Handle and present stallions under supervision
AS.6 Maintain the care of stallions


ELITE -  The Elite Groom is split into two pathways - Yard Manager and Travelling Manager.-+

To achieve the Elite status you must show that you can perform all of the skills in the core section:

E.1 Plan and monitor routines
E.2 Plan and manage feeding
E.3 Manage finances
E.4 Monitor the health and well-being of horses
E.5 Purchase products and services
E.6 Manage facilities and supplies
E.7 Manage yard records
E.8 Make decisions
E.9 Prohibited Substances Awareness
E.10 Hold a full driving licence
E.11 Drive a lorry or trailer
E.12 Manage your own Continued Professional Development (CPD)

And then you must demonstrate that you are skilled in all of the skills statements of one of these routes. You can complete both routes if you choose!

Elite (Yard Manager):
EY.1 Build Teams
EY.2 Ensure a healthy and safe workplace
EY.3 Interview Prospective Employees
EY.4 Scenario Evidence

Elite (Travelling Manager)
ET.1 Before and at the competition
ET.2 Plan journey and make transport arrangements
ET.3 Prepare horse and equipment for journey
ET.4 Manage horse during transportation
ET.5 Experience Evidence
ET.6 (optional) Transporting horses by air

In addition you can apply for an Elite Stud Groom workbook. To achieve this endorsement you must complete all of the following skills:

ES.1 Establish and implement a breeding plan
ES.2 Control and organise the breeding of horses
ES.3 Establish and implement a horse rearing plan
ES.4 Manage and organise foaling
ES.5 Manage and organise the rearing of young stock
ES.6 Plan and organise the marketing and sale of horses
ES.7 Manage the preparation of horses for sale
ES.8 Supervise public and private sales

**To apply for your Advanced Stud Skills CV Workbook please include a note in the comments box in the shipping details when you are completing the payment details.**



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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