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Centered Riding® Instructor Upgrading Requirements

These are the highlights only. For complete details on expectations and requirements for each Centered Riding Instructor Level, please consult the Policies and Procedures, Section 8, available on this website.   

Centered Riding Upgrade Requirements

To upgrade to any level, an instructor must be currently updated and have paid Centered Riding dues for the current year. Level IV Instructors giving letters of recommendation or evaluation forms must be current for the year they are giving the recommendation. Alternate updates are not acceptable towards upgrades; they only serve to keep an instructor current at their present level.  

Requirements for Attaining Level I:  Successful completion of the Centered Riding Instructor Course (see CR Instructor Certification Standards for Level I - Policies and Procedures Sections 3 & 4).


Level II Upgrade Requirements 

  • Has been a current Level I Instructor for a minimum of 2 years. 
  • Has attended a minimum of two (2) Instructor or All Level Update Clinics since becoming a Level I  
  • Has worked with a minimum of two (2) Level IV Clinicians since becoming a Level I 
  • Has LORs from a minimum of two (2) Level IV Clinicians. 
  • (Strongly recommended) Holds 1st aid and CPR certification from his/her country   

Teaching:

  • Demonstrates s/he teaches from his/her center with good use of self and is grounded 
  • Demonstrates good communication skills and teaches to different learning styles 
  • Can demonstrate Centered Riding techniques from the ground and mounted.

Riding:

  • Rides effectively and in balance in all 3 gaits.
  • Rides with contact/connection to the bit as appropriate for horse's discipline & level of training; rides horse from "back to front."
  • Rides basic lateral movements (such as leg-yielding) correctly.
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of classical training of horse & rider, as applied to own discipline.
  • Has continued education in own discipline by taking lessons/clinics from specialists in discipline, not only from CR instructors.

Groundwork/body awareness work:

  • Has continued education in body awareness by taking lessons from a qualified teacher of Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais Method, Yoga or Franklin Technique etc. 
  • Has completed at least 5 lessons, classes or hours in body awareness work.   


Level III (Clinician) Upgrade Requirements

  • Has been a Level II for a minimum of three (3) years •   Has participated at a minimum of three (3) Instructor or All Level Updates since becoming a Level II  
  • Has worked with a minimum of three (3) Level IV Clinicians since becoming a Level II 
  • Has LORs from a minimum of three (3) Level IV Clinicians 
  • Has assisted a Level IV at a minimum of three (3) clinics (including two 2 or 3 day Open CR Clinics) 
  • Has taught a minimum of 3 clinics under his/her own name, with 3 favorable letters from clinic participants 
  • (Strongly recommended) First Aid & CPR Certificate  

Riding:

  • Rides all 3 gaits effectively and in balance. 
  • Rides horse from "back to front", "through the back" and "on the bit," as appropriate for discipline. 
  • Rides simple lateral movements correctly (as appropriate for discipline). 
  • Has continued education in own discipline by taking lessons from specialists in that discipline 
  • Can demonstrate on the horse the effect of having, losing and regaining any of the 4 Basics and grounding 
  • Demonstrates good working knowledge of application of CR in the classical training of the horse and rider in own discipline.

 Teaching:

  • Demonstrates good communication stills and can teach riders with different learning styles. 
  • Sets a good example as a teacher, especially in safety, lesson planning and organization, professional appearance and behavior, and horsemanship. 
  • Dresses neatly and appropriately including safe riding attire when mounted and appropriate attire when teaching. 
  • Teaches from the center, is grounded, and can demonstrate well when mounted and from the ground, including teaching un-mounted body awareness and groundwork sessions. 
  • Can evaluate and address issues of saddle fit and balance.     

Groundwork/body awareness work:

  • Has continued his/her education in body awareness through taking lessons/classes in Alexander  Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Tai Chi, Yoga or Franklin Method etc. from a qualified instructor 
  • Has completed at least 5 hours, lessons or classes with an Alexander Technique teacher. 
  • Has continued his/her education by studying human and equine functional anatomy and biomechanics. 
Video: Must present a video showing candidate demonstrating riding requirements, teaching a private and a group lesson, teaching riding, groundwork and bodywork, and addressing saddle balance. (Please see details of video requirements under Level II Video requirements.)


  

Level IV Apprentice Upgrade Requirements  

  • Has been a Level III for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Has a Level IV Mentor. 
  • Has participated at a minimum of 2 Clinician or All Level Updates since becoming a Level II.
  • Has worked with a minimum of three (3) Level IV Clinicians since becoming a Level IIHas LORs from a minimum of three (3) Level IV Clinicians. 
  • As a Level III, has taught at least 6 2-day or longer CR Open Clinics.  
  • (Strongly recommended) First Aid & CPR Certificate.

Riding:

  • Rides all 3 gaits effectively and in balance, applying CR methods and classical techniques for training of horse and rider, as appropriate for discipline.
  • Rides horse from "back to front", "through the back" and "on the bit"  into contact/connection, as appropriate for discipline. 
  • Rides lateral movements such as leg-yield, shoulder-fore and shoulder-in correctly. 
  • Can demonstrate, discuss and apply the correct use of lateral work and other exercises to increase the suppleness of the horse. 
  • Can demonstrate the effect on the horse of having, losing and regaining any of the 4 Basics and grounding 
  • Demonstrates good working knowledge of the application of CR in the classical training of the horse and rider in own discipline.  
  • Has continued education in own discipline by taking lessons from specialists in that discipline.  

Teaching:

  • Demonstrates good communication skills, including addressing different learning styles, allowing feedback and quiet processing time. 
  • Sets a good example as a teacher, especially in safety, lesson planning and organization, professional appearance and behavior, and horsemanship. 
  • Dresses neatly and appropriately including safe riding attire when mounted and appropriate attire when teaching. 
  • Teaches from the center, is grounded, and can demonstrate CR techniques well when mounted and from the ground, including teaching un-mounted body awareness and groundwork sessions. 
  • Can evaluate and address issues of saddle fit and balance.   

Groundwork/body awareness work:

  • Has continued his/her education in body awareness through taking lessons/classes in Alexander  Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Tai Chi, Yoga or Franklin Method etc. from a qualified instructor 
  • Has completed at least 10 hours, lessons or classes with an Alexander Technique teacher. 
  • Must have experience in more than one modality or body awareness work. 
  • Has continued his/her education by studying human and equine functional anatomy, biomechanics, and the mind-body connection.   
Video:  Must present a video showing candidate demonstrating riding requirements, teaching a private and a group lesson, teaching riding, groundwork and bodywork, and addressing saddle balance. (Please see details under Policies & Procedures and Video requirements.)  


Requirements to Upgrade to Level IV (after completing Apprenticeship)

  • Has participated at a minimum of 1 or more Clinician or All Level Updates during Apprenticeship 
  • Has completed a minimum of 40 days assisting Level IVs at clinics, including (as a minimum): 
    • 2 full CR Instructor Courses 
    • 2 CR Instructor Update Courses 
  • Has worked with a minimum of 4 Level IV Clinicians during Apprenticeship. 
  • Has LORs from 4 Level IV Clinicians to upgrade to Level IV. 
  • (Strongly recommended) First Aid & CPR Certificate.  

Riding:

  • Rides all 3 gaits effectively and in balance, applying CR methods and classical techniques for training of horse and rider, as appropriate for discipline. 
  • Rides and teaches how to ride the horse from "back to front", "through the back" and "on the bit"  into contact/connection, as appropriate for discipline. 
  • Can ride and teach lateral movements such as leg-yield, shoulder-fore and shoulder-in correctly, including when and why to use them. 
  • Demonstrates good working knowledge of the application of CR in the classical training of the horse and rider.  
  • Has continued education in own primary discipline and other disciplines by taking lessons from specialists in those discipline, not only CR Instructors. 
  • Can apply CR techniques to riders of different disciplines, including riders of gaited horses.  

Teaching:

  • Demonstrates good communication skills, including addressing different learning styles, allowing feedback and quiet processing time. 
  • Sets a good example as a teacher of teachers, especially in safety, lesson planning and organization, professional appearance and behavior, and horsemanship. 
    • Dresses neatly and appropriately, including safe riding attire when mounted and appropriate attire when teaching. 
  • Teaches from the center, is grounded and can show correct and incorrect  rider positions, and the effect of having, losing and regaining any of the 4 Basics plus grounding, from the ground and mounted. 
  • The center, is grounded, and can demonstrate CR techniques well when mounted and from the ground, including teaching un-mounted body awareness and groundwork sessions. 
  • Can evaluate and address issues of tack, saddle fit and balance.  

Groundwork/body awareness work:

  • Has continued his/her education in body awareness through taking lessons/classes in Alexander  Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Tai Chi, Yoga or Franklin Method etc. from a qualified instructor 
  • Has completed a 3 day workshop or at least 15 hours, lessons or classes with an Alexander Technique teacher. 
  • Continuing education in more than one modality or body awareness work is recommended. 
  • Has continued his/her education by studying human and equine anatomy, biomechanics, and the mind-body connection.   
Video:  Must present a video showing candidate demonstrating riding requirements, teaching a private and a group lesson, teaching riding, groundwork and bodywork, and addressing saddle balance. (Please see details under Policies & Procedures and Video requirements.)  

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