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 TCP program in its current form will remain active for Certified and Provisional trainers through their renewal year. Individuals with open applications have until November 30, 2020 to complete the requirements for certification. In 2021, a reimagined instrcutor education and credentialing program will be unveiled and open to the membership.

What exciting changes should I be on the lookout for?

The relaunched program will cover extended content including (but not limited to) sports psychology, coaching skills, learning styles, and have a live clinic and testing component.

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

Yes, Certified and Provisional 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 or Provisional) 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 credentialing program in lieu of the TCP renewal process. 

I am a TCP (Certified or Provisional) 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 credentialing. 

What documents are needed to maintain my current certification?

Certified and Provisional 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.

  • All application requirements must be submitted for committee review by one of three deadlines: January 15, May 15, August 15
  • Application packets will be reviewed for approval and applicants will be notified of their approval status via email
  • Approved applicants will have 30 days to purchase the TCP Final Exam
  • Applicants have until November 30 to complete and pass the final exam for certification

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. The program will enter a restructuring phase through 2020 and applications into the new trainer education program will open for the 2021 competition year. More information is forthcoming.

Who can I contact for more information?

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