Test your horsemanship knowledge. Get certified as an instructor through CHA.
The Benefits of CHA certification are numerous. Certification is a validation of the individual's knowledge and ability and demonstrates to employers and customers that the instructor has been proven against a respected standard, under independent evaluation. Certification means the instructor is committed to professional standards and is proven to be safe, knowledgeable and effective.
This Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) clinic evaluates participants existing knowledge and skills. Certification is granted at the level that each participant is able to demonstrate his/her proficiency through out the clinic. Instructors are evaluated in five areas: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching technique, group control, and responsibility and professionalism.
Dates:June 19-23, 2017 & October 2-6, 2017
Check-in: 9:00am on Monday at Bayview Ranch House
Check-out: 3:00pm on Friday
First Meal: Lunch, 12:00pm on Monday
Final Meal: Lunch, 12:00pm on Friday
The Process Involves
- Evaluation by two CHA certified clinicians, in a 5-7 day certification clinic
- Teaching at least four practice lessons, a riding evaluation, a written test and participation in workshops on risk management, teaching techniques, professionalism and herd management.
- Certification is awarded at the end of the clinic and the level of certification attained (if any) is the sole discretion of the two CHA Clinicians conducting the clinic. See CHA website for Standard Instructor Certification information and Instructor Levels
- Certification is valid for three years from the certification date; the instructor must maintain annual individual membership in CHA.
- Instructors may recertify at the end of the three-year certification period by providing documentation of at least 25 hours of continuing education and work within the industry. The only way to raise the level of certification is to attend another CHA certification clinic.
What to Expect at a Certification Clinic
- Candidates will teach at least 4 brief demonstration lessons on topics assigned by the clinic staff, according to the candidate's ability level.
- When not teaching, the candidates will ride in lessons, role-playing as a student.
- All candidates will give oral evaluations of their own lessons, as well as the lessons given by other candidates
- Clinic staff will also give oral and written evaluations of lessons for safety, group control and effectiveness
- Candidates will be evaluated throughout the clinic on their professionalism, including appropriate dress, attitude and demeanor.
- Expect long days and evening classroom sessions; participants may also be expected to help with horse chores.