Certified Public Horse Trainer

TQA’s Industry Standards for Starting and Training Horses for the Public


Certified Public Horse Trainer (For Students at TVCC)

In training horse for the public, I was always amazed when someone would bring a horse that claimed had 90 days of “professional training” and didn’t have what some trainers would have expected at the end of the first week. With TQA’s Training Quality Assurance program I have taken the research from my masters, twenty years’ experience training horses for the public and have sought the advice of other experts in the industry to:

1) Set an industry quality standard for training and selling horses to the public
2) Offer a certification process to certify people to train and sell horses to the public.

For more info on TQA’s Industry Standards, Guidelines, Videos and Resources: CLICK HERE

The goal of TQA’s Certified Public Horse Trainer certificate is to certify students that Wade Black and experts in the industry deem qualified to train and sell horses to the public. TQA offers three industry certificates (shown below) and students that earn all three will earn the TQA “Triple Crown”

  1. TVCC Pathway Certificate
  2. Complete a TQA Horse Training Series (Phase 1 to Phase 4)
  3. Work Experience
    • Horse Training Boot Camp
    • Livestock Center Manager

The degrees and certificates offered at TVCC are focused on giving students the knowledge and skills to be successful in the equine industry. TQA’s industry certificates are focused on certifying the student’s work ethic and integrity to help these students get a job after graduation.


TQA Triple Crown Winners

Students who receive the TQA Triple Crown are students that have had their work ethic and integrity tested in three different ways. If you are an employer looking for an employee, whether training horses or not. The TQA Tripple Crown is TQA’s attempt to present the industry with the best we have to offer. This certificate puts the spot light on students that not only have the skill to get the job done, but most importantly have the character and core values to help make your business successful.

1) Maintain a 3.5 GPA through pathway certificate

In this certificate students must meet Wade Black’s expectation if they were working for his horse training business. Wade’s classes are taught and ran like students are working for an actual horse training business and their grades reflect what kind of an employee they are.

1) Performance Horse Selection, Training, Marketing and Sales.
2) Must score 90% or better on student horse trainer score sheets each term.

2) Complete a TQA Horse Training Series (Phase 1 to Phase 4)

  • Complete one of TQA’s horse training series through passing the Industry Colt Starting test, or earning a TQA Industry Certification in each phase (phase 1 – phase 4) of one of the Sale Horse Series.

a) Industry Colt Starting Test
b) Sale Horse Series

  • Ranch Roping
  • Reining
  • Fence Work
  • Feed Lot
  • Rodeo
    • Heading
    • Healing
    • Break Away
    • Calf Roping
    • Barrels

3) Work Experience

a) Horse Training Boot Camp: (During the Summer)

Worked for at least two months for a full time horse trainer going through “horse training boot camp”. In this boot camp students work ethic and integrity is tested not only in training horses, but by putting in horse trainer hours, as well as doing jobs like: picking pens, saddling horses, irrigating, fixing fence, driving tractor and all the other fun jobs that go with the business.

Must score 90% or better on task completion and temperament score sheets.

b) TVCC Livestock Center: (During the School Year)

  • In this branch of the work experience students get their work ethic and integrity tested by working at the livestock center to help the TVCC Equine Program function to its full potential.
  • Livestock Center Managers
    – Maintenance Manager
    – Barn Manager
    – Health Manager
  • Booster Horse Make Up Rider
  • First Year TA