Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contents

The Operative Track addresses people, who have a secondary level education standard and who have gained relevant previous (professional) experience (e.g., in the equestrian sport, in the scope of a side job or as an amateur). You should, furthermore, have a great passion for horses, organizational skills and high reliability. The Operative Track includes an internship.

The Executive Track addresses people, who have vocational training/ a degree or studies in a related field or three years of relevant work experience. They should additionally be of professional appearance, have a great sense of responsibility and strategic and structured thinking. The Executive Track is combinable with a full-time job.

The lecturers all stem from the network of RWTH Aachen University and the CHIO Aachen. On the one hand, they are long-standing professors or lecturers from the field of science. On the other hand, we also place particular importance on practical relevance and on a “hands-on mentality”, so you can look forward to teachers with a practical background.

The examinations of both programs are perfectly aligned with the contents of the modules and the online training. After each module you have to prove that you are competent in the acquired knowledge by completing the multiple-choice questions correctly, holding a final presentation, presenting a group project or writing a small essay. In this way, not only is your knowledge tested, but also manifold soft skills you need as a stable manager are being coached.

You will receive all information important for your participation in the online events from your respective lecturer. As a rule, the lecturers will use ‘Zoom’ for your online lessons.


For the Operative Track you need to have a secondary level education standard and have gained relevant previous (professional) experience (e.g., in the equestrian sport, in the scope of a side job or as an amateur).
For the Executive Track you need to have vocational training/ a degree or studies in a related field or three years of relevant work experience.

To apply for a scholarship, in addition to the regular application documents you are required to send us a separate mail after submitting the regular application. Tell us in your mail why you should be the person, who is granted a scholarship for the ESM certificate program and also add a letter of recommendation from a relevant company/person you work or have worked for.

In the personal interview we would like to find out more about you and your motivation for applying for the Equestrian Stable Management certificate program. You also have the opportunity to ask specific questions about the program. Don’t worry! This is not a typical job interview and you don’t have to be nervous about it.

Yes, you can book a personal consultation via our website to clarify issues and uncertainties regarding the application.

You can apply until January 15th, 2024, inclusively (deadline extended to January 31st, 2024). However, we do recommend that you apply in good time.

Internship (Operative Track)

In the interviews and in the preparation time before the start of the program we get to know you, your preferences and goals. Together with the partner stables, we will subsequently discuss which candidates are suitable for which internships and will make a corresponding pre-selection, based on your focus, your location and your professional interests.

Each intern receives a standardized remuneration for the internship. However, additional benefits and bonuses are possible.

Yes, you can suggest a stable for the internship that isn’t on our list of partner stables, but which is more suitable for you due to your location or personal interests. We will then discuss internally whether the stable is suitable or not.

Each intern has to arrange their own accommodation. However, do not hesitate to ask your internship stable for recommendations and support. Sometimes there are also housing facilities/apartments at the stables.


Yes, as a participant of the program you are obliged to take care of the visa matters yourself. We will, however, be pleased to assist you at all times, should you have any queries or problems with applying for your visa. Of course, we will also be glad to write a visa invitation for you if one is required for your application.

Yes, you have to pay for the costs of the accommodation, transport and meals yourself. We will be glad to support you at all times should you have difficulties with your trip or stay in Aachen.

If you successfully complete the program, you receive a “Professional Certificate”, which is issued jointly by the CHIO Aachen CAMPUS and the RWTH International Academy. It confirms the modules you have completed (and your internship in the case of the Junior Program) and gives an overview of the scope and contents of the courses. This certificate entitles you to call yourself an “Equestrian Stable Manager”, which means you can apply for stable management jobs in the equestrian industry all over the world. The joint education providers, the CHIO Aachen and RWTH Aachen University, are renowned worldwide. Both of the two establishments enjoy the highest recognition in their own right for their expertise in the areas Sport/Horses & Management/Education.

A minimum 80% attendance rate for the online sessions is mandatory. Therefore, it is no problem, if you are ill or have another important appointment and can’t take part in certain lessons. However, in your own personal interest you should attend all of on-site appointments possible so that you don’t miss out on any relevant contents.

Yes, these are an integral part of the program.

Operative Track 
Regular fee: 8,000€, Early Bird fee: 7,200€, Fee with referral bonus: 6,800€

Executive Track
Regular fee: 15,000€, Early Bird fee: 13,500€, Fee with referral bonus: 12,750€

You will receive feedback in February at the latest before the program starts whether you have been accepted for the program or not.

Yes, you should have a good to very good command of the English language. You don’t have to prove a certain linguistic level, but you should feel confident that you can follow the entire course in English. Most of the lecturers are not English native speakers.

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Paulina Köster
Program Manager

RWTH International Academy

Paulina Silva Ribeiro
Program Manager

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