Application fee: $100
The application fee includes a complimentary TCP Manual. The separate purchase of a TCP Manual will not reduce the price of the application fee.
TCP Exam/Certification fee: $225
The exam/certification fee is due upon approval and acceptance into the program.
Fee ranges based on the educational effort that the applicant chooses. Applicants must participate in one of the following educational efforts:
Yes. Submit the TCP Manual Order Form to the USHJA office, along with the manual payment of $65.
** The separate purchase of a TCP Manual will not reduce the price of the application fee if you apply to the program at a later time.
What is the general application process?
A Provisional Trainer is a trainer who has worked as a full-time professional hunter/jumper trainer for at least one year but who has not yet reached the required three full years for certification. A Provisional Trainer will have the opportunity to become a Certified Trainer after he has worked as a full-time professional trainer for at least three years. To request a promotion to Certified Trainer, click here.
The TCP Committee feels it is important for the applicants to have real, full-time experience. This means 40 hours per week working in the industry acting as a professional at a professionally-operated stable who takes pride in good practices and horsemanship. If the applicant only teaches on a part-time basis, the unplanned mishaps that inevitably happen with horses may happen in their absence. Certified Trainers must have had exposure to what goes into all facets of being a professional horseman.
Yes, professionals who currently reside and train in the US or Canada may apply to the program, provided they meet all of the applicant requirements.
USHJA does not offer a grandfather exemption into the Trainer Certification Program.
Each of the certification programs that are currently offered by the various organizations offer a wide variety of knowledge and require different experience levels in order to participate. Certification from another organization will not automatically provide you certification with USHJA.
No. A trainer will not be required to be certified to attend a specific level of competition.
Five sections comprise the exam with 30 questions in each section. The questions will be true/false, multiple choice and labeling. Applicants receive their score and receive their incorrect answers at the end of the exam.
Accepted applicants are given six months to pass the online TCP exam. Applicants may log into the exam two times and once logged in, there is no limit to how long it takes an applicant to complete the exam.
If a member is unsuccessful in taking the exam, he or she will have the opportunity to take the exam again within 30 days of the first attempt. If he or she is unsuccessful in the second attempt, he or she will be required to wait six months before re-applying to the program.
Certification must be maintained and updated every five years. Additional certification maintenance and educational requirements are currently in development.
If an individual is suspended by the USEF, that individual's USHJA Trainer Certification or Provisional status will be suspended for the same time period. Upon completion of the USEF suspension period, the individual's USHJA Trainer Certification will be reinstated, absent good cause to the contrary. Reinstatement of the individual's USHJA Trainer Certification remains at the sole discretion of the USHJA.