TCP Transition Frequently Asked Questions

The USHJA Trainer Certification program will undergo a restructuring period through 2020. Read below to learn more information or for answers to questions regarding current trainer status, open application and renewal procedures, and transition information.

What is happening with the USHJA Trainer Certification Program?

In 2019, the USHJA Board of Directors determined there was a need to evolve the 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 in its current state is being reimagined into one that builds on the current education model while further molding and defining the abilities 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.

Is the TCP program going away?

The new Instructor Credential will replace the current TCP program beginning early 2021. TCP certifications will be valid through the Trainer's certification renewal year. However, Trainers holding a certification will be encouraged to transition to the new credential on or before their renewal is due.

What exciting changes should I be on the lookout for?

The new credential will offer 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!

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 in 2020. What do I do?

As of August 7, 2020, TCP Trainers who have not completed the renewal process will be offered an extension through 2022 to complete the new credential in lieu of the TCP renewal process. 

I am a TCP Certified Trainer and due for a renewal after 2020. Can I renew?

Trainers due for a renewal in 2021 or later will be invited to participate in the new credential. 

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
  • Trainers must maintain an Active/Competing or Collegiate Coach membership with USHJA. To renew, log in to your USHJA online account

Will my current TCP certification transfer into the new program?

TCP Trainers will maintain their certification through their renewal year. All TCP Trainers will be encouraged to particiapte in the new program as soon as it launches. TCP Trainers must complete the Instructor Credential before November 30 of their renewal year, after which their certificaiton will expire.

My application for certification is currently in process.  What do I do?

Individuals who submitted an application to the program prior to December 1, and are in the process of completing the application requirements, have until November 30, 2020 to complete the certification process in its entirety. While the application requirements have not changed, the timeline for completion has been updated to meet the November deadline.

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?

Applications into the current TCP program closed on December 1, 2019. Applications into the new Instructor Credential will open for the 2021 competition year. More information is forthcoming.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the USHJA Instructor Credential Coordinator at or 859-225-6700 if you have any questions or for more information.