The Certification Program
Who are they?
A Parelli Professional is a dedicated and educated horseman, trained to teach students in the Parelli Program. These licensed professional instructors are independent contractors and not employees of Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
What do Star Ratings mean?
Parelli Professionals are ranked by a star rating which reflects their level of tenure and experience teaching the Parelli Program. Some are also Horse Development Specialists which qualifies them to train horses as well.
We are proud to announce that we have over 250 Parelli Professionals, in more than 20 countries worldwide, who are dedicated to helping us serve you on our mission to raise the level of horsemanship worldwide.
The value of Parelli Star rated Instructors
6-Stars – ★★★★★★
This is the highest star rating attainable. 6-Star Master Instructors are qualified to teach all Four Savvys: On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle and Finesse and are licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, workshops, clinics, camps, and super camps. In addition to being involved in program and Professional development, 6-Stars are also licensed to train and mentor other Parelli Professionals.
5-Stars – ★★★★★
5-Star Master Instructors are qualified to teach all Four Savvys: On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle and Finesse and are licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, workshops, clinics, camps, and super camps. As part of an elite group of Instructors, 5-Stars have extensive time in grade and are involved in program development as well as mentoring other Parelli Professionals.
4-Stars – ★★★★
4-Star Senior Instructors are qualified to teach all Four Savvys: On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle, and Finesse and are licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, workshops, clinics, and camps. These Instructors have shown tremendous commitment to continuing their education and experience. They go above and beyond in their dedication to the program and have become involved corporately to help further the program.
3-Stars – ★★★
While 1 and 2-Star Instructors are fully licensed, they are still considered to be learning and therefore are endorsed to teach only portions of the program. The 3-Star rating is the first level of Instructor that is fully endorsed to teach levels 1-4 in all Four Savvys of the Parelli Program. They have the time and grade, experience and knowledge to have earned a 3-Star Instructor rating. All this in addition to dedication and experience are paramount in consideration for advancement to this rating. 3 Star Instructors are qualified to teach all Four Savvys: On Line, Liberty, FreeStyle, and Finesse and are licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, workshops, and clinics up to 4-days. This is the first fully endorsed star rating and all-star ratings above 3-Star are by invitation only.
2-Stars – ★★
This is the second level of the fully licensed and endorsed Instructor Status. 2-Star Instructors are qualified to teach three of the Four Savvys: On Line, Liberty, and FreeStyle and are Licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, as well as one and two-day workshops for up to 6 people. 2-Star Instructors are required to attain time and grade in this rating for a minimum of 2 years before consideration for advancement to 3-Star status is considered.
1-Stars – ★
This is the first level of the fully licensed and endorsed Instructor status. 1-Star Instructors are qualified to teach two of the Four Savvys: On Line and FreeStyle Riding, and are licensed to conduct lessons, group lessons, and one-day workshops for up to 4 people. They must be a 1-Star Instructor for at least 1 year before they are eligible for consideration by the Professionals Board for advancement.
Parelli Horse Development Specialists:
Horse development is all about Parelli Principle #7 – “humans teach horses and horses teach humans.” As you progress through the Parelli Levels Pathway to Level 4, your horse is really teaching you! How do prey animals think, how can you act like a partner, how to handle your tools, and the list goes on. Horse Development is where the human starts to teach the horse. The horse may be a foal, a colt getting his first rides, a particularly difficult or challenging horse, or moving towards an area of specialization.
Are all Parelli Instructors Horse Development Specialists?
Although the Instructors and horse development specialists listed on this site are trained and certified in Parelli Natural Horsemanship skills and methods, they are independent contractors and set their own formats, pricing, and schedules. We list them here as a service to you and to them, but we do not regulate or receive any portion of their fees. Please visit the instructor’s individual website to learn about the type of Instruction and Horse Development services they may be able to offer.
Staying updated is an important part of being a Licensed Parelli Professional. Within each region you will find a dynamic listing of Parelli Professionals worldwide, in star rating order.
All Licensed Parelli Professionals will provide proof of insurance upon request.
THE PARELLI INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM
How to Become a Parelli Professional
What does it mean to be “Licensed by Parelli”?
It means that both Parelli Professionals and students can expect:
- A trusted standard of horsemanship, ethics, and teaching.
- Specific and sequential curriculum: The Parelli Education Program.
- Part of a worldwide team for support, inspiration and continued education.
As a Parelli Professional, you also benefit from the following:
- A high level of horsemanship
- A working knowledge of Parelli Natural Horsemanship as a student and as an Instructor or Horse Development Specialist
- A high level of support in cases of difficult situations, problems or emergencies
- The use and sale of authentic Parelli materials (education and tools)
- Opportunities for up-to-date knowledge, including studying with higher level Parelli instructors, Pat Parelli, Linda Parelli, and at the Parelli Campuses
- Instant customer base through the Parelli network Marketing to millions of people worldwide via the www.parelli.com website and Parelli Connect
- The potential for state wide, national and international work High level recommendations/business opportunities
- Participation at Parelli Natural Horsemanship events, with personal promotion
- Access to Parelli Natural Horsemanship materials, advice, marketing tools, connections, sponsors, etc.
What is an ideal candidate?
We are looking for individuals that are 21 years of age* or older that are official graduates of Level 4 in all Four Savvys to represent Parelli Natural Horsemanship in equine communities around the world.
Candidates for the Parelli Professionals Program are:
- Good with horses
- Possess good interpersonal skills
- Emotionally fit – staying left brain in a right brain situation
- Natural puzzle solvers
- Have a mature outlook on life
- Professional and ethical behavior
- Have been a Savvy Club Member for at least 1 year
- And are successful graduates of the appropriate courses and the live Professionals Entrance Exam
As an applicant into the Parelli Professionals Program you will need at least three recommendations from a 3-Star or higher rated Parelli Professional, this helps Parelli ensure a high standard of horsemanship and aptitude for teaching in the Professionals Program.
*Applicants younger than 21 will be reviewed on a case by case basis, the minimum age is 18.
How do I apply?
First, you must take and pass 4 weeks of courses, either consecutively or over time, at one of the campuses. After you have taken these courses and have officially passed Level 4 in the Parelli Program in all 4 Savvys (On line, FreeStyle, Liberty and Finesse) you can apply to attend the 12-week Externship by emailing email@example.com
A minimum initial attendance of 12 weeks is required, although you can apply to stay for up to 5 years. Acceptance into the internship, apprentice and protégé Programs have different time and grade requirements and are usually only offered to the top 10% of the class.
Once your application to the 12-week Externship is accepted, you are in the induction phase of the Mastery Program, although you are not officially a Mastery Student until you pass the 12-week Externship. Upon completion of the externship, a score of 80% or higher is required to qualify for consideration of a 1-Star rating. If your score is below 80%, additional horsemanship over 6 months is required before reapplying.
For More Information:
If you have additional questions on how to become a Parelli Professional, please contact our Professionals Dept at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-642-3335.
For more information on the 12-week Externship (dates, availability, etc.), please contact the email@example.com
To sign up for a course please contact our Courses Dept at courses@Parelli.com or call 970-731-6177.
Scholarships may be available. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the non-profit charitable Parelli Foundation website for details.
Many of Parelli’s top students have ambitions and dreams to become a Parelli Professional. Find out more about the Parelli Professional education and certification program.
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