Formerly know as The Certificates of Competence required by the Welfare of Animals during Transport EU Regulations, updated in 2011, these qualifications are now known as The Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses by Road on Short Journeys and The Award in the Principles of Transporting Horses by Road on Long Journeys.
The law for these transport certificates originally came into force on 30th April 2008. Individuals needed to have achieved the necessary qualification by that date - failure to do so could result in a fine and/or prosecution. This legislation still stands and it is as important now as it was then for individuals to take these qualifications or face the implications.
This legislation effects everyone who transports horses with the potential for "economic gain". This includes any prize money, any form of sponsorship or making profit on the sale of horses. Please read the DEFRA Guidance Notes at the bottom of this page to find out where you stand.
In order to accommodate the large numbers of individuals wanting to take their tests, Haddon Training initially organised days test days for groups of no less than 8 people, however now that the urgency has diminished we can offer test dates to smaller groups at their own yards as well as to individuals.
Costs vary depending on whether the test takes place at your yard or a location of ours, and whether funding is available or not. Please contact Jane on 01672 519977 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be able to help you.
The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order qualifications that HT support do not meet the legislative requirement for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence is also a requirement under European legislation for those driving large goods vehicles, which can include horseboxes. The BHEST qualifications only qualifies you to transport horses under the Welfare of Animals legislation and not the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence legislation.
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