Trainer Certification Program

USHJA Trainer Certification Program

The USHJA Trainer Certification Program was developed to preserve the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System by offering a comprehensive educational program for professional horse trainers. Being a Certified Trainer confirms a commitment to continuing professional development, which leads to an ever-increasing group of well-rounded and knowledgeable horsemen. Certified trainers are tested on a broad spectrum of relevant professional information, including training techniques, safety of horse and rider, horsemanship skills and business ethics.

In 2019, the USHJA Board of Directors determined there was a need to evolve the program to further focus on developing skills in sports psychology, learning styles, and teaching methodologies and require a demonstration of a trainer’s ability to effectively coach riders. For this reason, the Trainer Certification program in its current state will be reimagined into one that builds on the current education model yet further molds and defines the abilities of our professionals. During this development period, the current TCP program will take a brief hiatus through 2020 and will return with an updated format for application, participation, and renewal.

Currently Certified and Provisional trainers will maintain their certification status through their renewal year as long as the annual requirements for insurance, Safe Sport, and membership are maintained.  For more information about the new trainer education program, click here or email the TCP Coordinator.

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Trainer Certification Program Statement

The USHJA Trainer Certification Program is a voluntary education and certification program developed by USHJA for the benefit of its professional trainers, its members and the general public. The program is the sole and exclusive property of USHJA. USHJA reserves all rights to determine the program’s specifications, requirements and procedures and to review and amend those specifications, requirements and procedures as deemed necessary in its sole discretion.

USHJA reserves all rights to require periodic updating of its certified trainers’ biographical and demographic information, qualifications, continuing education, insurance and other requirements, and it further reserves all rights to suspend or revoke certification upon failure of the Certified Trainer to provide the above information.

USHJA, as the nationally recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation for the hunter and jumper disciplines and in accordance with USHJA By-Laws, agrees to reciprocity with USEF, and any suspensions of USHJA Certified Trainers by USEF will be honored by USHJA. Therefore, an individual’s USHJA Trainer Certification will be suspended by USHJA for the same time period imposed by USEF.

USHJA reserves all rights to review any claims, statements, allegations or other information submitted to it in writing by any USHJA member or member of the general public regarding any act, conduct or behavior by a USHJA Certified Trainer which may be considered prejudicial to the best interests of the USHJA or the sport of equestrian and, if it deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion, to forward the same to USEF for further administrative determination and action pursuant to USEF General Rules.


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