Trainer/Instructor Fast-Track Testing

USIHC is offering a fast-track testing program for eligible participants. The purpose of the exams is to support and elevate qualified Icelandic horse trainers and instructors here in the United States and was developed by a subcommittee of the USIHC Education Committee. Information on the USIHC Trainer Level 1 Certification exams can be viewed here


Deadline for Iowa exam applications: August 1, 2022

Dates
Location
Cost
Payment
August 31-September 2, 2022
Harmony Icelandics Peru, IA
FEIF Level 1 - $2000, USIHC Basic Instructor - $1500
*Prices could vary depending on how many participants register and qualify. The highest expected pricing is listed. After applicants are approved, they will be invoiced for a non refundable deposit. 

 

USIHC Fast Track Trainer & Instructor Certification Requirements

For the FEIF Level l Exams:
All participants have completed a 3-month internship (cumulative) with a FEIF level III trainer or above. The trainer must be willing to attest to this in writing. Additionally, applicants should fulfill six of the following requirements:

  1. Earn 50% of their income as a trainer or work 20 hours per week as a trainer
  2. Be included in the national ranking or have a student who is included in the national ranking
  3. Have national Icelandic horse judging certification (FEIF Level “B” or above)
  4. Have ridden or trained a horse judged over 7.80 for ride-ability in a breeding assessment
  5. Provide a 500 word letter of recommendation that addresses professionalism, communication, problem-solving, and progress from a client who has had a horse in training for 3 months or more AND a letter of recommendation from a student who has been taking lessons for 3 months or more (please email letters to education@icelandics.org)
  6. Have experience hosting a clinic with at least 6 persons
  7. Participation in a demonstration of the Icelandic horse at a public event such as a horse fair or expo. Should include a thorough verbal presentation by the applicant of the special qualities of the Icelandic horse.
  8. Completed Knapamerki levels 1-4
  9. Completed Riding Badge competition level 2 and pleasure riding level 2
  10. Have certification in equine studies from a university or comparable educational entity

For the USIHC Basic Instructor Exams:
All participants have worked professionally as a teacher/trainer with Icelandic horses for a minimum of three months. Additionally, applicants should fulfill four of the following requirements:

  1. Earn 50% of their income as a trainer or work 20 hours per week as a trainer
  2. Be included in the national ranking or have a student who is included in the national ranking
  3. Have national Icelandic horse judging certification (FEIF Level “B” or above)
  4. Have ridden or trained a horse judged over 7.80 for ride-ability in a breeding assessment
  5. Provide a 500 word letter of recommendation that addresses professionalism, communication, problem-solving, and progress from a student who has been taking lessons for 3 months or more (please email letter to education@icelandics.org)
  6. Have experience hosting a clinic with at least 6 persons
  7. Participation in a demonstration of the Icelandic horse at a public event such as a horse fair or expo. Should include a thorough verbal presentation by the applicant of the special qualities of the Icelandic horse.
  8. Completed Knapamerki levels 1-4
  9. Completed Riding Badge competition level 2 and pleasure riding level 2
  10. Have certification in equine studies from a university or comparable educational entity

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