There are several places to start this journey. You may visit the website to find a complete list of workshops that are being offered, you may review the recommending reading list and supplement materials on eTRAK, and you may contact the program liaison.
USDF currently offers certification at the following levels:
Training – First Level
Third – Fourth Level
FEI B Level (PSG – I1) – special approval needed
FEI A Level (I2 – GP) – special approval needed
Yes, you can find the complete list here. USDF recommends that workshop participants and candidates begin with the USDF Lungeing Manual, the USDF Teaching Manual, and the USDF Training Manual (Classical Training of the Horse) as a starting point. These manuals are the basic curriculum for the program.
Yes. Visit eTRAK, the USDF online learning center, for in-depth learning modules specific to the program. It is recommended that workshop participants and certification candidates complete the modules for Principles of Teaching, Classical Training and Lungeing.
Three workshops (lungeing, riding/training, and teaching) and a pre-certification workshop are offered leading up to an exam. It is recommended that instructors wishing to become certified attend these workshops.
Yes, you can attend any workshop or exam that is on the schedule.
It is not required that certification candidates attend a workshop prior to an exam.
You can find a complete list of all exam fees here.
The FEI Instructor Program is geared toward instructors at the PSG through Grand Prix Level. There are very specific requirements, including an application process, for being accepted into the program. Those interested in this program are not required to be previously certified. Visit the website or contact the program liaison for more details on this program.