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PHCP training program

In addition to the supportive community that Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners provides we offer a training program for members who seek certification as professional hoof care practitioners. The training enrollment form collects information about your experience, previous training, and goals. This information will help us to place you at the appropriate level. Everyone is welcome and accepted into this training program, even those unsure if their goal to become a professional. There is no time constraint on completing the steps. Click on Step 1 above for instructions on enrolling.

Location

Clinics and PHCP Mentors are located around the US and in Eastern Canada. There will be a fair amount of travel to mentors as students are required to work with a number of different mentors throughout their training, and not just the one/s close to home.

Cost

The total cost of completing the training program will vary widely from student to student. Factors such as the level you enter and the amount of travel needed according to your location will determine this. Estimate your total costs to complete certification.

Education credits

We encourage our members to continue their education and keep up to date with the latest hoof care practices. CE and training credit is given for mentorships, clinics, webinars, and media presentations. The amount of credit earned in the previous year can be found in each practitioners profile on the Practitioner page directory. PHCP Certified Practitioners and Mentors must earn a minimum of 10 credits per year.

Education scholarships

PHCP has funds available to help students in need complete the training program to become certified professionals. These funds will cover required clinics, webinars, and mentorship fees, as well as travel expenses. Student Practitioners and Advanced Student Practitioners are eligible to apply for a scholarship by submitting an Education scholarship application.

This year we are introducing the PHCP Starting Gate scholarship which will be awarded to one beginner in our training program. Students at the beginning level who have completed at least one mentorship or beginning clinic are eligible to submit a Starting Gate scholarship application. A written recommendation from a PHCP Mentor, Clinician or Practitioner must accompany the application.

All applications must be submitted before February 28, 2023. If you’re not sure of your eligibility or level in the training program, please contact us to confirm before submitting an application.

Professionals joining

We have many professionals who have training elsewhere join PHCP. Some are looking for PHCP certification. In these cases we look to see that all the subjects required in the training program have been covered and we ask that they do a mentorship day with one of our mentors for placement. That mentor determines if more mentorships would be beneficial or if they may post a final presentation for evaluation.

Others are not looking for PHCP certification but would like to be part of a hoof care professional group for support, to share ideas and take advantage of member pricing on webinars and events. These professionals may join as a supporting member.

Step 1 – Enrollment

If you are not yet a member you can opt to enroll in the training program when you first join PHCP. Just fill out and submit the PHCP membership registration form and pay the associated fees.

If you are already a supporting member and want to enroll in the training program, fill out a training program enrollment form. (you must be logged in to submit your training enrollment form).

This training program may be upgraded from time to time to ensure that we can provide the best education for those seeking to become certified hoof care practitioner.

The training program enrollment committee will review your submission, set up a welcome call with you, and determine where it would be most appropriate for you to enter the training program. For those already working as hoof care providers, you will be asked to do a one-day mentorship to help us with your placement. A file will be started for each student containing all mentorships and clinics attended, as well as all documentation created as you progress through the program. You may print out this handy Training program tracking worksheet to keep track of your own progress.

Step 2 – Beginning clinic

The beginning clinic is a three day clinic which covers the basics of distal limb anatomy, trimming on cadavers, dissection, shoe removal, transitioning to barefoot, hoof protection options and more.

New students should also view the Introduction to Equine Diet and Lifestyle online as a PowerPoint or PDF version.

The beginning clinic must be completed before entering step 4 Independent Study. There will be an entrance exam to Independent Study on material covered in the beginning clinic and Introduction to Equine Diet and Lifestyle.

You may schedule one or two of your step 3 beginning mentorships before attending a beginning clinic.

Visit the calendar to view dates for upcoming clinics.

Print out this handy Training program tracking worksheet to track of your progress.

Step 3 – Beginning Mentorship Series

A minimum of three mentorships, one or two days each, with three different PHCP Mentors are required.

One or two of these mentorships may be taken before the step 2 beginning clinics.

Students will choose and contact the Mentor directly to schedule their mentorships as needed. Mentors have very busy schedules with their full time businesses so please give them time to reply.  Mentors have certain horses they like to teach on, as students will be trimming, so plan on scheduling these mentorships well in advance.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor.

We recommend that beginners with limited trimming experience schedule two day mentorships when possible. It takes time to build strength and efficiency trimming. Multi-day mentorships will give beginners more opportunity to trim and learn at a slower pace.

Each mentor will fill out an Mentorship Evaluation form at the end of the mentorship. This will be added to the student’s file and they will receive a copy as well.

Topics covered include

Tool selection, use, and maintenance

Basic trims on live horses

Safe horse handling skills and dealing with common behavior problems

Identifying common hoof problems and recognizing how diet and lifestyle can affect the hoof

To prepare for these mentorships, be sure to study the recommended Distal Limb Anatomy and Hoof Care media, listed on our Resources page.

The final mentor of the Beginning Series will determine the students readiness to advance to Independent Study. The student may be asked to do another mentorship, to work on the skills needed to progress.

Please read Making the Most of Your Mentorship before scheduling your mentorship.

Step 4 – Independent Study

Students who have passed their final beginning mentorship will need to pass a written exam before entering Independent Study.

Students entering IS will be considered Student Practitioners and may be advertised on the PHCP website as such.

During Independent Study students will practice their skills and gain experience working on their own horses and building a clientele. They are encouraged to use the PHCP Chat forum to post photos, and discuss any interesting or challenging cases that they may encounter.

This step should be sufficiently long enough for the student to gain experience in the real world and work on a variety of horses. The suggested Independent Study period will vary widely, depending on the student’s previous experience and progress.

Students are required to do two mentorships during Independent Study. One may be with a mentor they previously worked with and one must be with a mentor they have not worked with before. Students will contact a Mentor and schedule mentorships as needed.

Please read Making the Most of Your Mentorship before scheduling your mentorship.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor.

Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses. Students should visit the PHCP private chat forum for more details on traveling mentorships.

The first mentorship may take place anytime during Independent Study and the 2nd mentorship should be scheduled when the student feels ready to advance to step 5.

An IS Progress Report  should be submitted after the completion of each mentorship, by the student.

With the approval of the second mentor, the student may submit their IS Media Presentation to the Evaluation Committee. This presentation is designed to prepare the student for the Final Media Presentation. Visit the documents section of the Training page for the presentation guidelines.

The IS Presentation is a fantastic learning experience as you will receive feedback from some of our top mentors who make up the Evaluation Committee. If it is not passed on the first try you will receive support and direction to help with any additional submissions that may be requested.

Once a Student Practitioner passes the IS Media Presentation they will be considered an Advanced Student Practitioner and will be designated as such on the website.

Important: Student Practitioners and Advanced Student Practitioners who choose to be advertised on the PHCP website, are required to complete one mentorship or submit a media presentation annually to maintain their listing. The media presentation will follow the guidelines for the Independent Study Media Presentation. It will not be judged in a pass/fail capacity, but the student will receive feedback in the form of written comments by Evaluation Committee members. Media Presentations may be submitted for three years in lieu of a mentorship. After three years a mentorship is required to remain advertised.

Step 5 – Advanced Mentorship Series

A minimum of three mentorships are required.

One mentorship may be with a previous mentor. The final mentorship in this series must be with a mentor the student has not worked with before.

Students will choose and contact the Mentor directly to schedule mentorships as needed. Mentors have very busy schedules with their full time businesses so please give them time to reply.  Mentors have certain horses they like to teach on, as students will be trimming, so plan on scheduling these mentorships well in advance.

Mentorships cost $175 per day with $75 subsidized by PHCP.  Students will pay the remaining $100/day fee directly to the mentor.

Please read Making the Most of Your Mentorship before scheduling your mentorship.

Some mentors are able to travel to students and work with them on their own client horses. Students should visit the PHCP private chat forum for more details on traveling mentorships.

These mentorships will include trimming on a variety of horses. The purpose of the advanced mentorships is to further improve the student’s skills, work more in-depth with pathologies and other areas of special interest. These mentorships will prepare the student to become a polished professional and to pass the PHCP certification.

The final mentor will determine the students readiness to complete the program. With their approval the student may post the step 7 Final Media Presentation. This mentor may recommend an additional mentorship before step 7  if they feel the student would benefit from it.

The Final Media Presentation must be posted within one year of the final mentorship. If this deadline is missed the student will be asked to do another mentorship.

The Final Presentation is a fantastic learning experience as you will receive feedback from some of our top mentors who make up the Evaluation Committee. If it is not passed on the first try you will receive support and direction to help with any additional submissions that may be requested.

Step 6 – Completion of Elective Clinics

Elective clinics may be taken at any time during the Training Program.

Each student must take a minimum of six electives

Three of the electives must cover the subjects of advanced nutrition, reading radiographs, and insulin resistance/Cushing’s disease.

Choose from the approved options.

Advanced Nutrition: NRC Plus with Dr.Kellon or The Smart Way to Feed Horses, a PHCP webinar

Reading Radiographs: Basics of Reading Radiographs with Dr.Kellon or Reading Radiographs for the Hoof Care Practitioner, a PHCP hands-on course

Metabolic issues: Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance with Dr.Kellon or IR and PPID: Management and Diagnosis, a PHCP webinar

Check out the Learn page for more approved Electives. You can see the amount of  credit assigned here.

Any event registered and paid through PHCP will automatically be added to your file.

To receive credit for webinars, clinics, and events outside of PHCP please fill out the Continuing Education form. You must be logged in to access this form and you may add and edit events throughout the year.

 

 

 

Step 7 – Final Media Presentation

Once approval has been given by the students final step 5 mentor, they may submit their Final Media Presentation.  This must be posted within one year of the final mentorship or another mentorship will be required.

In addition to a maintenance trim, it will include a progressive case study on a horse with hoof pathology. This will take several months to complete so each student should plan in advance, documenting several potential subjects along the way.

This presentation will be posted for the Evaluation Committee to critique. Mentorship Evaluation forms, Progress Reports, and all other documentation in the students file, will be reviewed and considered in the decision of the Evaluation Committee as well.

Once the student has passed the Evaluation Committee they will receive a summary of constructive comments on their media presentation and they will become a PHCP Certified Practitioner.