(May 2020) – Anyone who wants to further their career by earning a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certification is encouraged to check out the CHA Certification Schedule online at https://cha.horse/find-cha-certification-clinics-by-date/ CHA Certifications are intensive multi-day events in which attendees learn and demonstrate their skills so they can be certified at one of CHA’s various certification types and levels. They are currently available for the English/Western Instructor (EWI), Equine Facility Manager (EFM), and Instructors of Riders with Disabilities (IRD) this August 2020 on into 2021. Join more than 30,000 experts who have been certified by the largest equine professional certifying organization in North America!
Certification offers many benefits to the equine professional, including showing the industry and potential customers that you have the skills and knowledge to teach riders or to run an equine facility according to strict industry standards set by an independent third party. In addition, certification demonstrates professionalism, dedication, and a commitment to horsemanship instruction and/or equine facility management. Certified individuals have demonstrated their focus on the safety and well-being of all participants in equestrian pursuits, humans and horses alike.
A person’s willingness to dedicate their time and money to the CHA certification process indicates that they are a serious professional. CHA certified equine professionals must demonstrate a high level of professional competence and adhere to continuing education requirements set forth by CHA to maintain their certification. In addition, many insurance companies recognize certification and will give discounts.
At this time, CHA English/Western Instructor Certifications are available in the following locations: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.
Those wishing to receive CHA Equine Facility Manager Certification can attend certifications in California, Colorado, and Kentucky.
Normally, CHA conducts over 80 certifications around the US and Canada. They are posted on the CHA website for the fall of 2020 into the spring of 2021 at this time.
Certification includes workshops and hands-on demonstrations in five areas: safety, horsemanship knowledge and ability, teaching techniques, group control, and professionalism and ethics. Two CHA Certifiers evaluate each attendee, who must also pass written tests and competently demonstrate their skills during the event to receive their certification. The cost of the certification also includes the attendee’s membership in CHA, fees for the event, and all educational materials. Each host site will specify which meals are included and if a lodging option is available with the final price.
For more information on attending a CHA Certification and what to expect, please visit https://cha.horse/cha-certifications/
For anyone wishing to host a CHA Certification, the organization is taking applications to host in the spring of 2020 and beyond. Host sites must become a CHA Program Member that is pre-approved by CHA. If your facility would like to become a new host site for CHA, please visit https://cha.horse/how-to-host-a-cha-clinic/
For questions, or if you have already been approved as a host site, please contact CHA at office@CHA.horse to receive your next steps.
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CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies equine professionals, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of equine professionals in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit www.CHA.horse or call 859-259-3399. To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit www.CHA.horse