LEVEL II UPGRADE CHECKLIST
CR POLICIES & PROCEDURES Section 8.2)
Candidates must submit:
□ Level II Upgrade Application
on CR website)
essay (typed) stating why you want to and believe you are ready to upgrade to Level
□ 2 Letters of Recommendation to Upgrade to Level II from Level IV Clinicians
□ Resume (typed): riding, teaching & Centered Riding
education and experience
□ Copy of pages
from CR Instructor Record book with relevant education/clinics/lessons, etc. (Do not send Instructor Record Book.)
□ Upgrade fee (see
Documents are to be submitted to the Centered Riding Office (in English),
to be processed by the Applications Committee. (It is preferred to submit all
documents electronically as a PDF file.) Successful upgrade candidates must be
approved by a majority vote of the Applications Committee.
Requirements to Upgrade to Level II:
□ Has been a current Level I for a minimum
of two (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
- Advancing as a CR Instructor is a process which requires time,
development and experience, and cannot be hurried. It frequently requires more
than two years and/or two Update Clinics before a candidate is ready to upgrade
to Level II.
□ Has LORs from a minimum of two (2) Level IV
Clinicians (a Level IV Apprentice may provide one of the LORs) who have seen him/her
ride and teach within the past three years at level required for a Level II.
Working with three or more Level IV’s is recommended
□ (Highly recommended, not required) Holds a current First Aid and CPR
Certificate for his/her country
□ Demonstrates s/he teaches from the center and is grounded
□ Can demonstrate Centered
Riding techniques from the ground and when mounted
good communication skills and ability to teach in different learning styles.
□ Rides effectively, in
balance, all 3 gaits (walk, trot, canter), applying Centered Riding techniques and
good use of self
□ Rides with contact/connection to the bit (as
appropriate for discipline and horse’s level of training); rides horse "from back to front”
□ Rides basic lateral movements such as
□ Demonstrates a working
knowledge of classical training of horse and rider as applied to his/her discipline,
and the application of Centered Riding to
training the horse and rider in his/her discipline
□ Has continued their education in their own
discipline by taking lessons/clinics from specialists in their field, not only from CR instructors
Body Awareness / Bodywork:
□ 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 a minimum of five
(5) lessons, classes or hours in some modality of body awareness work since becoming a Level I, including at least one session in Alexander
Technique and one session in Tai Chi. Further
study in Alexander Technique and/or Tai
Chi are strongly recommended.
bodywork, teaching, and riding, the candidate must demonstrate a basic
understanding and application of the principles
of Centered Riding bodywork, including "use of self," "first
pupil/second pupil" and "awareness, inhibition and allowing."
- This should be
considered by Level IV Clinicians when writing a LOR for upgrading to Level II.
Exemptions from riding requirements for applicants with physical inability to
ride will be considered on a case by case basis. Documentation must support
valid reason for instructor’s inability to ride. Candidate must be prepared to
show s/he has had actual experience riding at the level required in the past.
Additional suggestions for education and
professional development for instructors
wishing to upgrade to Level II:
- Participate in Open Centered Riding Clinics with
and/or take lessons from Level IV Instructors
- Assist at Centered Riding Clinics with Level IV
- Study various modalities of bodywork, e.g.
Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, etc.
- Study human and equine anatomy and movement