Regular vs. Provisional ICP Certification

ICP offers a regular certificate at Levels I through IV and a provisional certificate at Levels I through III.

The standards of and the requirements for the ICP workshops, assessments, and continuing education program are exactly the same for both regular and provisional ICP certification, except for one difference in the requirements for being assessed: the three students who must verify that they have been taught by the instructor may be riding at one competition level lower for provisional candidate instructors than they must be for regular candidate instructors.

Exactly the same as for candidate instructors seeking a regular ICP certificate, candidate instructors seeking a provisional ICP certificate must demonstrate at ICP workshops and at their assessment that they are able to impart the knowledge of riding/training/competing and horse care skills appropriate up through the student competition levels listed with their ICP Level.

The Regular ICP Certificate

To be accepted to be assessed for regular certification, in addition to attending the required workshops, the candidate instructor must present verification from three of his/her past and/or current students that they have competed competently under the candidate instructor’s tutelage at the highest of the competition levels listed with the ICP Level that the candidate instructor has chosen for him/herself.

To be accepted for assessment for a regular ICP certificate:

  • At Level I-Novice, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at Novice while you are their instructor.
  • At Level I-Training, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at Training while you are their instructor.
  • At Level II, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at the Training Level Three-Day Event, Modified, CCI*, Preliminary, CCI2*-S, or CCI2*-L level while you are their instructor.
  • At Level III, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at the Intermediate, CCI3*-S, or CCI3*-L level while you are their instructor.
  • At Level IV, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at the Advanced, CCI4*-S, and/or CCI4*-L level while you are their instructor.

After a candidate instructor is successfully evaluated at an ICP assessment, his/her regular ICP certificate confirms the quality of that instructor’s teaching knowledge and skills up through the student competition levels of his/her ICP Level.

The Provisional ICP Certificate

To be accepted to be assessed for provisional certification you must attend the required workshop and present verification from three of his/her past and/or current students that they have competed competently under the instructor’s tutelage at one competition level below the highest level listed that the candidate instructor has chosen for him/herself.

To be accepted for assessment for a provisional ICP certificate:

  • At Level I-Novice, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently below Novice while you are their instructor.
  • At Level I-Training, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at Novice while you are their instructor.
  • At Level II, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at Training while you are their instructor
  • At Level III, three of your past and/or current students must compete competently at the Training Level Three-Day Event, Modified, CCI*, Preliminary, CCI2*-S, or CCI2*-L level while you are their instructor.

After a candidate instructor is successfully evaluated at an ICP assessment, his/her provisional ICP certificate confirms the quality of that instructor’s teaching knowledge and skills up through the student competition level just below the highest competition level listed with his/her ICP Level.

Instructors at Levels I through III likely to seek a provisional rather than a regular ICP certificate might be like the following examples:

  • Instructors whose own riding/competing/learning have developed their teaching knowledge and skills beyond what they have used so far in their own teaching, perhaps due to an insufficient range of eventing students where they live.
  • Instructors whose own riding/competing/learning have developed their teaching knowledge and skills but who, because they are young or new to instructing, have not yet acquired a student group ready to learn the more difficult riding skills which they have learned how to teach.

As his or her student group develops to the point where at least three of his/her students are competing competently at the highest listed competition level of his/her ICP Level, a provisionally certified instructor may send to the USEA office verifications from those three students that he/she is their instructor. That instructor will then receive a regular ICP certificate (at the same ICP Level) to replace his/her provisional ICP certificate.

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