USDF Certified Instructor/Trainers FAQs

  1. What should I look for in a dressage instructor or trainer?
  2. Does USDF provide a list of recommended dressage instructors or trainers in my area?
  3. What do the various categories of Certified Instructor/Trainer Certification mean?
  4. What is a Recognized Teacher?
  5. What is an Associate Instructor?
  6. How do I become a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer? Where should I begin?

What should I look for in a dressage instructor or trainer?

Riders may have different priorities when it comes to choosing an instructor/trainer. Whenever possible arrange to watch a potential instructor/trainer teach and or ride before you decide if it is a good match for you. USDF’s Certification Program is designed to educate dressage instructors to teach the classical concepts of dressage. This may be a good place to start. For more helpful hints to help you make your selection, click here.

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Does USDF provide a list of recommended dressage instructors or trainers in my area?

The link below provides a list of Instructors/Trainers who are certified through USDF.
Search current USDF Members who are USDF Certified instructors/Trainers

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What do the various categories of Certified Instructor/Trainer Certification mean?

The USDF Instructor Certification Program offers certification in three categories:

Search current USDF Members who are USDF Certified instructors/Trainers

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What is a Recognized Teacher?

A Recognized Teacher is an instructor who has been certified by USDF in the areas of Teaching, Lungeing of the Horse, Lungeing of the Rider and have taken a written and verbal exam. Recognized Teachers have achieved this level of certification by achieving a score of 80% or higher in each area of the certification exam.

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What is an Associate Instructor?

Associate Instructors are recognized for their participation and completion in USDF Instructor/Trainer Workshops and their commitment to furthering their education. Each Associate Instructors is a current USDF Participating Member, submits 16 hours of continuing education hours annually, has completed a course in First-aid and signs our programs code of conduct annually. These program participants have not been tested for final certification.

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How do I become a USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer? Where should I begin?

If you are interested in becoming certified, it is suggested you first review the reading list and find a workshop series to attend. While attendance in a workshop series is not required, it is strongly recommend. It is also recommended you attend a pre-certification prior to taking the final exam. In addition to the recommended reading list, you should also review the Candidate Guidelines prior to the final exam. These guidelines contain useful information when preparing for the final exam.

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