It has dawned on me that although I’ve mentioned the AHSE in a piece in relation to instructing qualifications that I needed to further investigate what was on offer.
I was talking with one of the instructors that teaches down where my horse is agisted today and found out a bit about her background with teaching. I’d just assumed she had a qualification through the EFA or AHRC but found out otherwise. Only instructing part time but wanting to be insured to teach private lessons she acquired a piece of paper and insurance through the AHSE, otherwise known as Horse Safety Australia.
Becoming qualified through the AHSE looks to be a perfect move for the instructor who’s already been there done that but without the piece of paper. Or perhaps someone who has a qualification from overseas and has recently moved toAustraliaand wants to be insured to instruct.
The AHSE doesn’t teach people what they need to know to become qualified to instruct but rather assesses on an assumed known basis. The only prerequisite is having an up to date first aid certificate. After this it’s just a question of getting assessed and then being told at what level you’ve been deemed competent – assistant instructor, instructor, senior instructor, etc.
The qualification can be gained through a five day clinic held by the AHSE.These clinics are held throughout the country and dates and states as well as expenses can be found at http://www.ahse.info/futureclinics.htm.
If you’ve already got the knowledge and been putting it in practice but want to be insured, perhaps this will be the most time efficient way to go about it.
“Horse Terminology… 16.2hh = 15.3hh.”