How to Be­come Cer­ti­fied

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cational foun­da­tion that I will con­tinue to build on in years to come, not to men­tion a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion!”

“Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion val­i­dates an in­di­vid­ual’s knowl­edge and abil­i­ties with con­crete, proven eval­u­a­tion meth­ods. On the in­di­vid­ual’s part, it also shows a com­mit­ment to pro­fes­sional stan­dards,” notes Landwehr.

“The process in­volves be­ing eval­u­ated by two CHA Cer­ti­fied Clin­i­cians in a mul­ti­day cer­ti­fi­ca­tion clinic,” she ex­plains. “You’ll par­tic­i­pate in teach­ing les­sons, con­duct­ing work­shops, per­form­ing skills demon­stra­tions, and even com­plet­ing writ­ten tests. Top­ics in­clude things like risk-man­age­ment, teach­ing tech­niques, and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. It’s a very com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion.”

Can­di­dates must be a min­i­mum age, de­pend­ing on what they’re be­ing cer­ti­fied to do. They must be able to work with horses and peo­ple, and as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for the safety and ed­u­ca­tion of groups of horses and peo­ple. The best can­di­dates are well-or­ga­nized and clear com­mu­ni­ca­tors. TTR

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