The Tellington TTouch Method, (formerly TTEAM), is an extremely effective way of working with horses. Some enthusiasts attend one or two clinics and incorporate TTouch into their own training programs or with their horse-related activities such as 4-H groups, Pony Clubs or Therapeutic Riding. We encourage and appreciate the integration of the method in these ways.
Others ask “How can I become a certified teacher?“
Accreditation as a Tellington TTouch teacher takes a considerable commitment of time and money. The qualifications required to teach at the various levels are outlined below.
The first level of accredited teachers work with individuals and/or their horses. These teachers are called Practitioners. This level is an opportunity for both professional and non-professional horse people to teach TTouch techniques that encourage understanding and partnership with horses and resolve behavioral and physical difficulties.
To become a Practitioner:
- Have a satisfactory background dealing with horses.
- Attend a minimum of four week-long trainings.
- Write a letter to the office stating your desire to be acknowledged as a Practitioner. Include a biography and a photo.
- Submit a case-history file of work with 10 horses. You may start collecting cases after your first week-long clinic. Most people do not charge until they reach the Practitioner level. There are exceptions for those who are already professional trainers.
- Complete a written test available from the office.
Qualification is determined by a review of these five steps.
The Practitioner level sometimes includes people who have limited experience with horses, but have experience in other professional fields of teaching or bodywork. Such people usually take more than four trainings to qualify as a Practitioner.
- To charge for their services with individuals and/or their horses.
- To give short presentations free of charge to horse clubs, Pony Clubs or 4-H groups.
To qualify to teach at higher levels, one must have:
- Extensive experience and knowledge of handling horses
- Basic horsemanship skills
- Ability to ride various disciplines
- Knowledge of what is a safe situation
- Ability and experience in handling groups
- A dynamic and empathetic personality
To advance from Practitioner level, two years must have elapsed from your first week-long training.
- Attend a minimum of 6 week-long clinics and 3 one-day or two-day demonstrations.
- Write a letter to the office requesting promotion to Practitioner 1.
- Submit a video of one of your gratis presentations to a horse club that you did as a Practitioner.
- Provide a list of your TTouch accomplishments while a Practitioner. Include all of your presentations to groups and sessions with individuals and/or horses.
- Attend, as an assistant or participant, 1 training every 18 months to maintain Guild status.
Qualification is approved by a committee review.
- To give one-day hands-on workshops to no more than 10 participants and 5 horses.
- To give a series of hands-on trainings to groups of no more than 10, i.e., one session per week, afternoon or evening, for 6-8 weeks.
- To continue working with individuals and their horses.
- A minimum of 4 years with Tellington TTouch Training from your first week-long training.
- A minimum of 8 week-long trainings and 5 one-day or two-day demonstrations.
- A one-hour video from one of your hands-on workshops.
- Complete the written advanced test available from the office.
- Attend, as an assistant or participant, one training every 18 months to maintain Guild status.
Qualification is approved by a committee.
- To teach two-day hands-on workshops with groups of no more than 20 participants and unlimited auditors.
- To teach evening demonstrations. We suggest the evening before hands-on workshops.
- Work closely with the office.
- A minimum of five years with TTouch and having taught at least 15 hands-on workshops.
- Attend a minimum of 15 week-long trainings and 20 demonstrations.
- Have experience and show skill in using and teaching the TTouch riding equipment.
- Attend, as an assistant or participant, one training every 12 months to maintain Guild status.
- Upon approval of Linda and/or Robyn, teach a one-day demonstration that will be videoed for review.
To teach one-day demonstrations or one-day demonstrations with a second day hands-on workshop that are organized through the TTouch office. These demonstrations are arranged through the Office and the Practitioners-3 are assigned according to the group’s needs and the equine discipline.
The qualifications are the same as for Practitioner-3. In addition, the Instructors work closely with the TTouch Offices for the growth and development of the work and teach week-long trainings.
- To teach one-day and two-day demonstrations that are organized through the TTouch office.
- To teach week-long trainings that are organized through the office. Practitioners at any level can be Guild members.
- A listing as a Current Practitioner in mailings and social media outlets.
- Referrals to people who write or call for information or assistance with their animals.
- Referrals as the result of advertising.
- Current listing on the online directory.
In order to help cover the cost of administration there is an annual fee.
Tellington TTouch Standards
The Tellington TTouch sets high standards for its teachers. The philosophical “seed” is easy to learn, and the work looks very easy, but extensive training and practice back up the techniques. It is the knowledge of the details that makes the work effective in a wide range of training situations. Letting go of the ego is an integral part of being a Tellington TTouch teacher.
Some people attend one clinic and feel confident that they can teach the work. After attending two or three more trainings, they begin to realize how much there is to learn. It is at this time, when people realize what they do not know, that they start to have a good understanding of the work. Tellington TTouch concepts and methods are like a giant puzzle. As one learns, pieces are added to the puzzle. This is what keeps the material fresh to teach and the teachers flexible.
Tellington TTouch as a Career Choice
We often get calls from people who want to make a career change and wonder if they can make a living as a practitioner. Anyone who has been in the horse business knows that most people work with horses more for love than for money. Unless one has a supplementary income, we do not recommend becoming a Tellington TTouch Practitioner as a career. Many Tellington TTouch practitioners teach the method for their personal satisfaction or incorporate it into their existing training, bodywork, or lesson program.