Commonly Asked Questions

Should I opt for the LANTRA Certificate or the Neue Schule Certificate?

The content is the same for both the LANTRA and NS certificate- only the certificate itself is different. LANTRA is a leading awarding body for land-based industry in the UK and Ireland.

NS Academy  is not responsible for the content of external sites.

If you are based in the UK or Ireland and want to use your course in a professional capacity (i.e. providing general bitting advice in a tack shop or when teaching) we would advise that the LANTRA Certificate is probably the one for you. If you are looking to take a course simply to enhance your own knowledge the NS Certificate is suitable.

The Bit and Bridle Fitting course is available in LANTRA Certificate only.

There are price differences between LANTRA and NS Certificates, please see Course pages for more details.

I want to start on the course now. How do I enrol?

Enrolment opens four weeks prior to each course and is open for two weeks. This gives you time to contact us and book onto the course.

Please bear in mind that if a course is full the enrolment period may end early, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To find out more about the enrolment process please visit the course pages.

How do I stay up to date with The Academy?

We would strongly advise that you like and follow The Academy Facebook page as we keep this up to date with course enrolments, changes, competitions and fascinating facts.

If you would like to be added to our course interest list, please click the ‘Contact Us’ button below and send us your name, email, and which course you are interested in. We will then email you when new course dates are diarised.

Can I study the online courses anywhere?

Yes! If you have a good internet connection and access to a computer or laptop you can study our online courses from anywhere.

Want to find out about undertaking the Bit and Bridle Fitting Course from outside the UK? Contact us directly with your name, email and location and we will help you further.

Have you renamed the online courses?

As we have recently refreshed and improved the online courses, we have decided to rebrand these with new course names that better reflect their content. The Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting: Foundation Course has been updated to the Certificate in Equine Bits and Bitting Science, and the Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting: Intermediate Course has been updated to the Diploma in Lorinery Science. We are unable to backdate previously earned certificates with these new course titles.

Do I need to do the Certificate in Equine Bits and Bitting Science before starting the Diploma in Lorinery Science?

Yes, the Certificate in Equine Bits and Bitting Science must be completed with either a Merit or Distinction grade before enrolling on the Diploma in Lorinery Science.

How can I find out about course pricing, assessments, and length?

Details about each course can be found on the Course pages –

Do the online courses train or certify me as a Bit and Bridle Fitter?

No, the online courses do no train and/or certify you as a Bit and Bridle Fitter- we have a separate course for that (click the button below to learn more). The online courses are fantastic for those wanting to find out more about the science behind bits and bitting.

Do I have to complete the online courses before doing the Bit and Bridle Fitting Course?

No, but it is extremely beneficial to have undertaken these before starting the Bit and Bridle Fitting Course. Students that opted to complete the online courses first reported that they felt more confident when learning Bit and Bridle Fitting Theory modules and grasped the science faster. It is important to note that there is some overlap between what is taught on the online courses and the Bit and Bridle Fitting Course, but the main content is vastly different.

what will i get out of the online courses?

You will be introduced to the science and technology of bits and be able to understand how bits work in the hands of the rider. You will be able to identify instances of misinformation that tend to circulate and have an informed voice in discussions. These courses are for your own personal development rather than for equipping you to become a vocational bit fitter. For that you need to be in business already in the equestrian world or be starting such a business where bit fitting will be a service you provide.