The member does not have any non-medical USEF suspensions, has a current USHJA membership above the Outreach level, and has completed the Safe Sport training annually.
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Current USEF Licensed Officials who have a background check dated within 6 months of the start date of the Live Workshop and Examination for which they are already enrolled may contact USEF’s background check entity (NCSI) directly and request a secured copy of their USEF background check. A PDF copy can then be emailed to USHJAInstructor@ushja.org for verification. If approved, staff will mark this requirement complete. Contact NCSI at email@example.com or call 866-996-7412.
While being a USEF member is not required to earn the Instructor Credential, individuals must have a paid USEF membership in order to access the Safe Sport courses. The Subscriber membership is the most affordable at $25 per year. Click here to register for a USEF membership.
The purpose of this requirement is for participants to gain at least 40 hours of experience instructing riders in mounted and unmounted lessons before attending a Live Workshop and Examination where they will teach front of their peers and be evaluated by an examiner(s). Earning the Instructor Credential asks a lot of participants so to ensure that live session attendees get the most out of their experience, we want to help set them up for success.
TCP Frequently Asked Questions
TCP Certifications will be honored through November 30, 2025 so long as the Trainer remains in good standing. Starting competition year 2026, all TCP Certifications will expire. Current TCP Trainers in good standing are eligible for a 50% discount toward the completion of the Instructor Credential by December 1, 2025. Certified Trainers who successfully complete the Instructor Credential program will be awarded the credential and their TCP certification will end.
TCP Trainers must maintain a USHJA membership above the Outreach level, complete the Safe Sport training annually, and not have any non-medical USEF suspensions to remain in good standing. Trainers have a 30-day grace period from the dates of expiration to update these requirements. Insurance submissions are no longer required. TCP Trainers who fail to remain in good standing will be repealed and forfeit all available discounts and credits.
Current TCP Trainers in good standing are eligible for a 50% discount towards earning the credential so long as they have completed the program in full by December 1, 2025. This discount will automatically be applied at the time of registration for a live session. TCP Trainers who paid for a portion of their TCP renewal in 2020 are eligible for an additional credit which is also automatically applied at the time of checkout. All discounts and credits will be forfeited if the TCP Trainer’s certification is repealed for any reason.
Because Certified Trainers already have teaching experience, this requirement is automatically waived for current TCP Trainers in good standing.
Certified Trainers will be included in on the Instructor Credential Directory provided they maintain the annual requirements for Safe Sport and USHJA membership.
Yes, TCP Manuals are available for purchase. Click here for an order form.
Contact the USHJA Instructor Credential Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-225-6700 with questions or for more information.