Instructor Credential Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Instructor Credential and what is happening with TCP?

In 2019, the USHJA Board of Directors determined there was a need to evolve the TCP program to expand content in sports psychology, learning styles, and teaching methodologies and require a demonstration of ability to coach riders effectively. For this reason, the Trainer Certification Program has been reimagined into one that builds on the current education model while further molding and defining the abilities our professionals. The Instructor Credential offers both a comprehensive online education as well as an in-person workshop for Instructor Credential candidates to observe, learn, practice and collaborate on teaching techniques and methods. Candidates will be tested in person on their teaching skills and will be provided individualized feedback. Upon successful completion of all prerequisite online courses, the workshop, and live examination, candidates will be awarded the status of USHJA Credentialed Instructor!

Is the TCP program going away?

The Instructor Credential will replace the TCP Program. TCP certifications will be valid through the TCP Trainer's certification renewal year. However, Trainers holding a certification will be encouraged to transition to the new credential  before their renewal is due.

I am currently a TCP Trainer, am I still certified?

Yes, Certified Trainers will preserve their certification status provided they maintain the annual requirements for Safe Sport and USHJA membership.

Will Certified Trainers remain listed on the Directory?

Certified Trainers will remain on the USHJA TCP Directory provided they maintain the annual requirements for Safe Sport and USHJA membership.

I am a TCP Certified Trainer and due for a renewal. What do I do?

TCP Trainers due for renewal after 2020 have been given an extension and will remain certified until the launch of the Instructor Credential so long as they maintain their USHJA membership above the Outreach level and complete the annual Safe Sport training. 

What documents are needed to maintain my current certification?

Certified Trainers must maintain the annual requirements for Safe Sport and USHJA membership:

  • Safe Sport must be completed annually through your Safe Sport account access via the USEF member portal
  • Trainers must maintain a USHJA membership above the Outreach level
  • Insurance submission is no longer required

Will my current TCP certification transfer into the new program?

TCP Trainers will maintain their certification through 2025 so long as they maintain USHJA membership above the Outreach level and Safe Sport training annually. All TCP Trainers will be encouraged to participate in the new program as soon as it launches. If TCP Trainers choose not to complete the new credential prior to November 30, 2025, their certification will expire.

Can I still buy a TCP Manual?

Yes, TCP Manuals are available for purchase. Click here for an order form.

Can I apply to the TCP Program?

Application into the TCP Program is closed. Applications into the new Instructor Credential will open once the program is launched. More information is forthcoming.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the USHJA Instructor Credential Coordinator at or 859-225-6700 with questions or for more information.