Workshops, Assessments, and Continuing Education
The USEA’s Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) Committee believes that capable instructors are essential to the training of riders and their horses for skilled, safe, and humane participation in the sport of eventing. Therefore, at its ICP Workshops, an ICP Workshop faculty member assists instructors in acquiring the eye, the knowledge base both theoretical and practical, and the teaching judgment that are suited to the safe and effective teaching of event riding. At the Young Event Horse Workshop, professional trainers are encouraged to develop their feel as well as their skills and knowledge base in order to safely and humanely develop each young event horse in the ways that are most developmentally productive for that horse.
Candidate instructors must participate in the ICP Workshops Pair or the ICP Workshop (see below) that matches their ICP teaching Level before they may sign up for an ICP Assessment. They must register with ICP before their assessment, but are encouraged to do so before they participate in a Workshop.
YEH candidate instructors and YEH candidate professional trainers must attend the YEH Workshop before signing up for an ICP Assessment; also, they must register with ICP before attending a YEH Workshop.
For instructors at Level I or II, attendance at both of the Levels I/II Workshops is required, the first workshop being a 3-day Teaching of Dressage Workshop and the second a 3-day Teaching of Jumping Workshop. The workshops in the I/II Workshops Pair are often but not always hosted by the same person at the same site and are usually presented quite close together in time. Workshop daily hours are normally 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Workshops are usually offered on 3 consecutive weekdays. Look at the ICP Calendar on the USEA website to locate Workshop sites and dates. In order to enter a specific Workshop, contact that Workshop’s host, whose contact information is listed there also. The fee for each Levels I/II Workshop is $400. Auditors are welcome to attend for a daily fee of $50; auditing does not fulfill the ICP requirement to attend a Levels I/II Workshops Pair as a candidate instructor before being assessed at Level I or Level II.
For instructors at Level III or IV, attendance at one 3-day Workshop is required, at which teaching of dressage, show jumping, and cross country riding and jumping is taught. Workshop daily hours are normally 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Workshops are usually offered on 3 consecutive weekdays. Look at the ICP Calendar on the USEA website to locate Workshop sites and dates. In order to enter a specific Workshop, contact that Workshop’s host, whose contact information is listed there also. The fee for a Levels III/IV Workshop is $500. Auditors are welcome to attend for a daily fee of $50; auditing does not fulfill the ICP requirement to attend a III/IV Workshop as a candidate instructor before being assessed at Level III or Level IV.
For instructors and professional trainers of young event horses, attendance at one 3-day YEH Workshop is required, at which teaching and riding of young event horse dressage, show jumping, and cross country riding/jumping are taught. Candidates for the YEH professional trainer certificate ride twice every day at a YEH Workshop. Look at the ICP Calendar on the USEA website to locate Workshop sites and dates. In order to enter a specific YEH Workshop, contact that Workshop’s host, whose contact information is listed there also. The fee for a YEH Workshop is $400. Auditors are welcome to attend for a daily fee of $50; auditing does not fulfill the ICP requirement to attend a YEH Workshop as a YEH candidate instructor or as a YEH candidate professional trainer before being assessed for a YEH certificate.
A full ICP Workshop at any ICP Level includes 8 candidate instructors and 1 ICP faculty member. Each day includes lecture and discussion, model-teaching by the faculty member, practice-teaching by each of the 8 candidate instructors, and, at a YEH Workshop, riding by each YEH candidate professional trainer as well as practice-teaching by each YEH candidate instructor. The faculty member and the candidate instructors and candidate trainers comment, question, and discuss teaching, riding, and training issues as they model-teach, practice-teach, and, for candidate professional trainers, ride a variety of riders and horses. The content of all ICP Workshops has been carefully selected and developed by ICP faculty and assessors to emphasize essential, widely confirmed flatwork and jumping principles and practices appropriate to each Workshop’s content and purposes. A Workshop’s curricular content is determined also by the event competition levels that each ICP Workshop is addressing.
Late in the afternoon of each Workshop’s third day, the ICP faculty member speaks individually with each candidate instructor and candidate professional trainer to review that instructor’s teaching and that professional trainer's riding and to offer suggestions for continued learning. The faculty member also prepares individualized written feedback, which is mailed to each candidate instructor and each candidate professional trainer after the Workshop. If the faculty member believes there are areas of seeing, knowledge, analysis, and/or judgment that the candidate instructor or candidate professional trainer should improve before being assessed, the faculty member recommends or requires that individual to do so. This could involve locating and working with another instructor or trainer who provides mentorship as they work together to improve the instructor’s teaching or the professional trainer's riding/training knowledge and/or skills. A mentor may be another ICP-certified instructor or another experienced and qualified equestrian.
ICP Workshops are organized and operated by host/organizers according to the guidelines provided by the USEA office and the ICP Committee. Each Workshop’s curriculum is supplied by the ICP Committee and implemented by the ICP faculty member.
ICP highly recommends that, as a candidate instructor, you contact Nancy Knight so that you can get, complete, and return the ICP registration form before you attend an ICP Workshop. All YEH candidates must get, complete, and return the ICP Registration Form before attending a YEH Workshop. Upon ICP registration, you will receive also the ICP Standards Booklet and the ICP Workbook. Both of these include the ICP Required and Recommended Reading List. Try to read at least some of the Standards Booklet and the Workbook before you attend an ICP Workshop, and take those with you to any ICP Workshop.
There would be no ICP without the dedication, hard work, and time and site commitment provided by ICP Workshop hosts. Please thank them!
Candidate instructors, candidate YEH instructors, and candidate YEH professional trainers must attend the respectively required Levels I/II Teaching of Dressage and Teaching of Jumping Workshops, the Levels III/IV Workshop, or the YEH Workshop, complete any recommended or required mentoring, and register with ICP before attending an ICP Assessment, which is organized by the USEA office. To acquire the necessary ICP registration form, contact Nancy Knight. To sign up for an ICP Assessment, contact Nancy more than 60 days before that Assessment, if possible. All ICP Assessments are open to candidate instructors at any ICP Level, candidate YEH instructors, and candidate YEH professional trainers. Candidate YEH instructors and candidate YEH professional trainers must register with ICP before they attend a YEH Workshop.
At any ICP Assessment, two ICP assessors watch and evaluate a candidate instructor’s teaching of dressage, teaching of show jumping, and teaching of cross country riding/jumping at the ICP Level at which the instructor is being assessed. At any ICP Assessment, two ICP assessors watch and evaluate a candidate YEH professional trainer's riding/training of dressage, show jumping, and cross country riding/jumping while riding young event horses. Candidate instructors, candidate YEH instructors, and candidate YEH professional trainers also complete three written and one hands-on test on the subjects of horse and stable management (two tests), teaching theory and practice, and safety/medical issues. Having successfully completed an ICP assessment, all ICP-certified instructors, ICP-certified YEH instructors, and ICP-certified professional trainers fulfill ICP’s Continuing Education requirements to remain current with their certification and to enhance their teaching and coaching skills and their professional riding/training skills, respectively, as well as knowledge of horse care principles and practices.
In order to receive your ICP certificate after passing an ICP Assessment, you must have sent to the USEA office proof of your current cpr/first aid training and a state child abuse clearance or criminal background check. As required by the USEA, you must be a current USEA member when you are assessed and afterwards for all the years during which you wish to remain current with ICP; the USEA requires also that you possess a current professional liability insurance policy.
There would be no ICP without the dedication, hard work, and time and site commitment provided by ICP Assessment hosts. Please thank them!
ICP CONTINUING EDUCATION
Virtually all professionals are required to continue to educate themselves in their career area in order to broaden and deepen their understanding and to competently meet the new challenges that arise in their occupation. Fulfilling ICP’s Continuing Education Program requirements assists every certified instructor, YEH instructor, and YEH professional trainer in doing that. Once an instructor, YEH instructor or YEH professional trainer is certified, he or she receives from the USEA office a copy of the ICP’s Continuing Education Program, which describes these requirements and the process for fulfilling them.
The ICP Continuing Education Program requires every ICP-certified instructor, YEH instructor, and YEH professional trainer to select and complete several equestrian-related activities during each of his/her on-going 4-year Continuing Education Program cycles. To remain current with his/her ICP certification, each instructor, each YEH instructor, and each YEH professional trainer must remain a USEA member, carry current professional liability insurance, and possess a current cpr/first aid card. Proof of adherence to these requirements must be presented to the USEA office by the end of each of an instructor’s 4-year Continuing Education cycles.