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How to Become a TTeam Practitioner for Horses

Practitioner Training - EquineMany people see TTEAM, Tellington-Touch Equine Awareness Method, as an extremely effective way of working with horses. Some of these people attend one or two clinics and incorporate TTEAM into their own training programs or with their horse-related activities such as Rehabilitation, Teaching, Pony Clubs or Therapeutic Riding. We encourage and appreciate the integration of TTEAM in these ways.

Others, after seeing TTEAM demonstrated, ask "How can I become a TTEAM teacher?"

Accreditation as a TTEAM teacher takes considerable commitment, time and money. The qualifications required to teach at the various levels.


The first level of accredited TTEAM 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 TTEAM techniques that encourage understanding and partnership with horses and resolve behavioural and physical difficulties.

The procedure for becoming a PRACTITIONER is:

  • Have a satisfactory back-ground dealing with horses.
  • Attend a minimum of four week-long trainings.
  • Write a letter to the TTEAM office stating your desire to be acknowledged as a TTEAM 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.
  • Complete a written test available from the TTEAM office.

Most people do not charge until they reach the Practitioner level. There are exceptions for those who are already professional trainers.

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 Pony Clubs and other interested parties; at which they show parts of a TTEAM video, talk about their TTEAM experiences and demonstrate on a horse if practical.

To qualify to teach TTEAM 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 of people
  • a dynamic and empathetic personality

Practitioner 1

To advance from Practitioner level, two years must have elapsed from your first week-long training.

  1. Attend a minimum of 6 week-long clinics and 3 one-day or two-day TTEAM demonstrations.
  2. Write a letter to the TTEAM office requesting promotion to Practitioner 1.
  3. Submit a video of one of your gratis presentations to a horse club that you did as a Practitioner.
  4. Provide a list of your TTEAM accomplishments while a Practitioner. Include all of your presentations to groups and sessions with individuals and/or horses.
  5. 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.

Higher qualifications can be obtained. For more information on these go to