TQA Industry Certificates 

TQA Certificates

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 horses for the public

              2) Offer a certification process to certify people to train horses for                        the public.

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

  •                            - TVCC Pathway Certificate
  •                            - Work Experience Certificate
  •                            - Colt Starting Certificate

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.  

Certified Public Horse Trainer

        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.                              

  •           A) 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.

                         - Horse Trainer Score Sheets                  


  •            B) Meet TQA’s Industry Quality Standards for “Starting a Horse”

    •                  1)  Colts started on TVCC campus 
  •                  2)  Score a 90% or better on TQA test
  •                  3)  Judged by TQA Clinic Instructors  

                 - TQA Industry Test  
                         - Task Completion (25% of Score)
                         - Foundation (25% of Score) 
                         - Temperament (25% of Score)
                         - Client Education/ Interaction (12.5% of Score)
                         - Horse Health and Welfare (12.5% of Score)
                               - Industry Test Break Down (Click Here)

  •             C) Work Experience
    •                 1) 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.  

    •                     - Work Experience Score Sheets 

                 2) 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   

TQA Triple Crown Winners
- Joel Wilson  
- Cami Ortloff
- Isabelle Dusseault 
- Kylee Sparks 
- Luke Olsen 

TVCC Horse Training Certificate
- Joel Wilson 
- Val James 
- Cami Ortloff
- Isabelle Dusseault 
- Kylee Sparks 
- Luke Olsen 

Work Experience Certificate

- Joel Wilson
- Cami Ortloff
- Isabelle Dusseault 
- Kylee Sparks 
- Luke Olsen 

Colt Starting Certificate 
- Joel Wilson 
- Brock Wolfe 
- Cami Ortloff
- Isabelle Dusseault 
- Kylee Sparks 
- Luke Olsen