Hey, let’s chat about certifications.
I once had a farrier ask me if I was internationally certified.
Technically, yes. Masterson Method Certified Practicioners are an international bunch with a set standard to receive said certification. But I don’t have the weight to say I am above state laws and such.
Farrier went on to mention another bodyworker in Colorado that was internationally certified. I said “that actually doesn’t exist.” I was probably not his favorite person... But I gave him a light bulb moment.
In Colorado, I am not legal. Why? I haven’t done RMSAAM week long course for 40-50 hours through associations. This is written in their laws if you dig.
The “Internationally certified” bodyworker had actually been slapped on the wrist by DORA in Colorado. Hence the lightbulb moment. This is why she was in trouble with DORA, there’s that class written in the laws that she hadn’t completed first.
In the USA there are no regulatory “National” certifications that bear weight at the state level. It’s a bunch of fun 🙄, hoops to jump through, etc. It’s also a bunch of marketing. Owners want to know they are hiring someone of knowledge - absolutely. I even started my path because I couldn’t find what I wanted - so I did it myself. 🤷🏻♀️
It’s opened up the option for schools to pop up and “certify” without much weight - like a 40 hour - week long, if that, class a state over from me.
That’s scary to me and I’m going to guess it is for you, too. I didn’t know much after a week of class and my brain was toast.
I got 💩💩💩 on by a woman’s marketing my first few months because she was certified. I had 100 recognized hours under me, she had none. Her services certified her in under a month, but didn’t have hours. I was accumulating hours and a year into it but wasn’t certified. I also wasn’t claiming to be! It is what it is.
Me, myself and I: I look for programs that are recognized and have accredited hours. One hour per hour of class usually. Mine are largely from NCBTMB. There’s other associations too!
Owners: Ask about the training to get certified. Do the research to feel confident in who you hire!
I have a binder of case studies and certifications I’ll happily show! And about 200 hours at this point in time. 🤓
Hi - I'm Lindsay. This is my outlet for sharing my thoughts, rambling and journey I've been on as an equine therapist, entrepreneur and horsewoman. I live in the ruggedly wild Wyoming and have a love for hounds, curly horses, margaritas and anatomy. Thanks for stopping by!