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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.


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.


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.