After completing the basic training course, students must pass a rigorous four-stage exam before being awarded their licence.  

Each student will be judged on:

  • their theoretical knowledge
  • the training level reached by their horses
  • their competence as a teacher

- In a normal basic training course with four-day clinics, the final exam can be attempted at the earliest on the 10th clinic; it must be completed during the 16th clinic at the latest.

- For students who do their basic training in one of the advanced courses (with clinics lasting only three days), the final exam may be taken at the earliest on the 13th clinic; it must also be completed on the 16th clinic at the latest. The possibility to have support from already licenced teachers between the clinics should compensate for the missing days.

- Each part of the exam (theory, presentation of own horse, presentation of own student, lesson to unknown student) can be tried three times in total. If a student fails any of the four parts on the third try, he/she has failed the entire exam.

- The four parts of the exam can be taken separately, on different clinics, with the exception of the theory exam, which must be attempted together with whichever part of the exam the student chooses to take first.

- Exceptions to these rules must be approved by Philippe Karl and, where relevant, the teacher holding the course.

 

Exam requirements

Level I

Theory

  • oral examination (30-45 min talk, with 30 min preparation time)

Practice

  • lungeing
  • work in hand:
    • flexions
    • transitions (walk, trot, rein back)
    • shoulder-in (in walk)
  • riding: 
    • transitions (walk, trot, canter, rein back)
    • lateral movements (in walk and trot)
    • countercanter

Pedagogy

  • presentation of a regular student (same programme as in “Practice”, Level I)
  • first lesson with an unknown horse and rider (diagnosis and setting up a training programme)

Level II

Practice

Same programme as in “Practice”, Level I plus:

  • lungeing
    • lungeing over jumps
  • riding:
    • lateral movements in canter
    • single flying changes on a straight line

Level III

Pedagogy

  • presentation of a regular student, same programme as in “Practice”, Level II

Level IV

Practice

Same programme as in “Practice”, Level II plus:

  • work in hand:
    • piaffe
    • Spanish walk
  •  riding:
    • piaffe
    • canter pirouettes
    • repeated flying changes on a straight line
    • Spanish walk
    • passage

Level V

Pedagogy

  • presentation of a regular student, same programme as in “Practice”, Level IV