Industry Certificates

TFTC Industry Certificates

It is TFTC’s philosophy that there are four stages to setting the foundation on a horse: setting the foundation, using jobs to build on the foundation, taking the foundation to do a job, and maintaining the foundation.  TFTC’s industry certificates certify that students are qualified to establish these different stages in a horse’s training.

The first industry certificate is focused entirely on horsemanship and on certifying students who are qualified to set a solid foundation on a horse.  This certificate is called “Certified Public Horse Trainer.”  It is awarded to students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA through TVCC’s Horse Training Philosophy & Business Management pathway certificate.  This industry certificate represents students that Wade would hire if he was managing a horse training business, and trying to get 30 plus head of colts ridden in a day.

The second industry certificate is focused not only on horsemanship, but on roping and stockmanship.  This certificate is called “Certified Public Ranch Horse Trainer.”  It is awarded to students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA through TVCC's Ranch Horse Production, Training, & Marketing pathway certificate. This industry certificate represents students that Wade would hire and allow to ride an outside colt if he was trying to get a job done on a ranch.  These students are able meet TFTC’s quality standards in setting the foundation on the horse, but are also able to build on this foundation through ranch work without holding up the crew or sacrificing the job on the ranch.

Certified Horse Trainer Certificates

To become a "Certified Public Horse Trainer," or "Certified Public Ranch Horse Trainer" through TFTC LLC, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA through one of the Career Pathway Certificates (see TVCC Equine Program) and meet the criteria in all four categories through TVCC's work experience program.  Students accepted into the Work Experience Program will work with boosters off campus to earn their certification.  Students seeking a "Certified Public Horse Trainer" industry certificate will train a minimum of three horses for boosters, and work for a horse trainer full time over the summer.  Students seeking a "Certified Public Ranch Horse Trainer" industry certificate must also train a minimum of three horses for boosters off campus, and work for a ranch while riding outside horses over the summer.  To earn these certificates, students must not only meet TFTC quality standards for training a horse, but also fulfill all their tasks they were hired to do on the ranch.  Upon completing one of the horse production and training Career Pathway Certificates and meeting the criteria through the work experience program, faculty and boosters will determine if individual students are certified to train horses for the public and or train horses for the public while working on a ranch.  Certification is based on four categories:


Student must show that they are a man or woman of their word.
*  Show up to work on time ready to work
*  What they tell the client they will do when they drop the horse off for training, they actually do during training
*  Fill out score sheets honestly and correctly
*  Contact clients during training and honestly and correctly assess the horse for the client

Work Ethic

Performs to the highest of his or her ability
*  Shows enthusiasm and willingness to learn and be productive
*  Keeps a good attitude and preserves a positive working environment
*  Proves to be a team player and selfless in the work place

Quality Standards

Meets quality standards set by TFTC within a forty day time period
*  Accurately diagnoses problems in equine temperament and behavior to explain to client why a horse may not meet the quality standards set by TFTC

Client Education

Student is qualified to educate an inexperienced horse owner
*  Provides written material that the client can take home and read
*  Provides score sheets to help the client keep the foundation set by trainer
*  Shows competence in giving lessons to make sure owner is confident to take horse home after training