Workshops, Assessments, and Continuing Education

ICP WORKSHOPS

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. 

Candidate instructors must attend the teaching Workshop(s) specified for their ICP Level before being accepted at an ICP Assessment. 

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 places 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 places 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.
 
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, and practice-teaching by each of the 8 candidate instructors.   The faculty member and the candidate instructors comment, question, and discuss riding, training, and teaching issues as they model-teach and practice-teach 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 competition levels of the ICP Levels that the Workshop is addressing. 

Late in the afternoon of each Workshop’s third day, the ICP faculty member speaks individually with each candidate instructor to review that instructor’s teaching and offer suggestions for continued learning.  The faculty member also prepares individualized written feedback, which is mailed to each candidate instructor after the Workshop.   If the faculty member believes there are areas of seeing, knowledge, analysis, and/or judgment that the candidate instructor should improve before being assessed, the faculty member recommends or requires the instructor to do so.   This could involve locating and working with another instructor who provides mentorship as they work together to improve the instructor’s teaching knowledge and/or skills.  A mentor can 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 and complete the ICP registration form before you attend an ICP Workshop.   At that time, 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 the Workshop(s).

There would be no ICP without the dedication, hard work, and time and site commitment provided by ICP Workshop hosts.  Please thank them!

ICP ASSESSMENTS

Candidate instructors must attend the requisite Levels I/II Teaching of Dressage and Teaching of Jumping Workshops or the Levels III/IV 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.

At an 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.  Candidate instructors 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, an ICP-certified instructor fulfills ICP’s Continuing Education requirements to remain current with his/her certification and to enhance his/her teaching and coaching skills and 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 as many years as 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 meet the new challenges that arise in their occupation.  Fulfilling  ICP’s Continuing Education Program requirements assists every certified instructor in doing that.  Once an instructor 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 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 must also 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.

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