Jan 15, 2020

Plan to Get ICP Certified this Winter

By Lauren Gash - USEA Staff
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The Instructors’ Certification Program is vital to preparing riders and their horses for humane, safe, and skilled participation in the sport of eventing. If you would like to be a part of a professional network of like-minded individuals committed to learning and sharing essential time-tested training principles, with ongoing opportunities to learn, grow, and advance as an instructor, then the ICP is for you!

The ICP is focused on establishing and identifying essential training principles from time-tested sources and experience with today’s competition challenges. Getting certified is simple and not as time-consuming or costly as it once was. There are scholarships available to help you cover the cost of a workshop or assessment through the Cindy Burge Memorial ICP Grant. We are excited to announce a new scholarship opportunity for 2020, coming soon!

  1. First, contact Nancy Knight for an ICP Registration Form, complete it, and return it. ($75.00 for registration)
  2. Read through the ICP Standards Booklet and the ICP Workbook; you will receive these after you register with ICP.
  3. Read the recommended materials listed in the ICP Standards Booklet and the ICP Workbook before you plan to attend a workshop.
  4. Obtain a written sign-off recommendation from an experienced eventing professional. (last page of the ICP Candidate Application)
  5. Submit three student verification forms for students you are teaching or have taught at the level at which you are seeking certification. (Included in Application)
  6. Attend the required ICP Workshop(s) for the level at which you wish to attain certification. Candidates for each level must attend a dressage and jumping workshop. (Level I/II workshops are $400 each and Level III/IV workshops are $500 each)
  7. After you have completed a workshop, you can sign up to be assessed. (Assessments are $500)
  8. Prepare, attend, and pass your assessment
  9. After you are certified, every four years there is a continuing education requirement of four credits.

To remain current with ICP, you must:

  • Be a current member of the USEA
  • Possess current professional liability insurance
  • Possess a current CPR/First-Aid card
  • Pass SafeSport Training
  • Pass a nationwide background check
  • Complete the CDC Heads Up Concussion Training module
  • Sign the ICP Code of Professional Responsibility

Opportunities to continue learning:

About the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program

Instructors are essential to the training of riders and horses for safe and educated participation in the sport of eventing. The USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) was initiated in 2002 to educate all levels of eventing instructor with essential training principles upon which those instructors can continue to build throughout their teaching careers. ICP offers educational workshops and assessments by which both regular instructors, Level I through Level IV, Young Event Horse (YEH) instructors, and Young Event Horse professional horse trainers can become ICP certified. Additional information about ICP’s goals, benefits, workshops, and assessments as well as names and contact information for current ICP-certified instructors, YEH instructors, and YEH professional horse trainers are available is available on the USEA website. Click here to learn more about the Instructors’ Certification Program.

The USEA would like to thank EquiAppraisal for sponsoring the Instructors’ Certification Program.

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