Trainer Certification Renewal

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 equine professionals. 

Throughout 2020, the TCP Certification was put on hold to allow for the development of a new Instructor Credentialing program that offers comprehensive education on topics to include teaching/coaching, sports psychology, law and ethics, marketing, as well as maintaining robust content in riding theory and stable management. The Credential will be awarded after the successful completion of the above core content areas and an in-person teaching and coaching workshop and examination.

The Instructor Credential is scheduled to launch in early 2021. Certified Trainers who are due for a renewal in 2020 have been offered an extension of their certification through November 30, 2022.

Beginning early August of 2020, the TCP renewal process officially closed and no further renewal submissions are being accepted.  Trainers due for renewal in 2020 who have…

  • Completed the renewal process will remain certified through their five-year renewal period as long as annual requirements for Safe Sport and USHJA membership are maintained
  • Begun the renewal process but not yet completed the renewal will automatically receive the certification extension through November 30, 2022. Trainers will receive a 50% discount for participation in the new credential as well as a credit towards the reaming fee to cover costs of renewal fees already paid
  • Not yet begun the renewal process will automatically receive certification extension through November 30, 2022. Trainers will receive a 50% discount for participation in the new credential
     

All TCP Certified Trainers who maintain annual requirements for Safe Sport and USHJA membership will remain listed on the TCP Directory until certification expiration.  Though USHJA recommends maintaining industry standards for insurance, annual insurance submissions will no longer be required.

If Trainers receiving the certification extension do not complete the Instructor Credential in its entirety by November 30, 2022, TCP certification will expire and Trainers will forfeit all discounts and credits.

For questions regarding TCP renewals or certification extensions, please email ushjainstructor@ushja.org

For more information about the new trainer education program, click here