Q. Is the training tax deductable?
A. YES! It certainly is, as tuition/education expense.
Q. How long will it take me to recover my investment?
A. You'll make back your training fees with only 9 students. Average class sizes are 10-20 students, so most instructors make back more than their investment with their first course.
Q. What do I get for my training fee?
A. You'll receive a welcome booklet right away that helps you get started (the most successful instructors 'hit the ground running'). We then mail out your pre-course study materials which includes your instructor teaching manual for the disaster planning and emergency preparedness program. The course itself is 2 days in length, and is a very BUSY and exhausting (but fun!) time. We provide all the meals during training, the host location, and all teaching materials and supplies. Some locations have onsite accommodation (just ask). Upon graduation you will be awarded a cap with the company logo embroidered on as well as DISASTER PLANNING INSTRUCTOR'. We also provide you with course outline, a powerpoint presentation that guides you through the course and training in business development. You will be 100% set up and ready to teach disaster planning and emergency preparedness upon graduation! We also provide marketing and business development assistance on an ongoing basis, through our closed facebook group - a wonderful resource for all our team members.
Q. After I take the training, do I work for Equi-First Aid?
A. Students who successfully complete the instructor training course become independent contractors for Equi-First Aid, not an employee. That means that you get to write off all your equine and disaster planning related expenses (including your horses at home provided you teach there once a year), travel and teach when and where and how often you want! We have instructors across Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland, Australia....
Q. Do I have to find my own courses to teach?
A. Yes and No. We market together. Part of your training includes marketing of your own courses and we encourage you to use your contacts in the horse world, however we also market heavily for our instructors through social media campaigns, magazine and print ads, post and market your courses on the website, send you leads and refer students and host locations to you.
Q. Are there territories?
A. No. Our instructors travel and teach as they wish - we work off respect and teamwork.
Q. So how does it 'work' when I teach?
A. Once you have a class scheduled at your own ranch or a host location, we advertise your course on the website and you advertise locally. The disaster course is offered nation-wide at the standard fee of $159.00. You collect the fees from your students directly. You then order your course materials from Head Office at a cost of $40.00 per student (includes their manual and certificate of completion). Your NET profit is $115.00 per student. So... a 10 person course NETS you 1150.00...A 20 person course $2,300 - That's $287.50 per hour. (Not such a bad way to spend a Saturday!)
Q. Do I have to re-certify at any point?
A. No - you just pay an annual licensing fee of $99 per year
Q. What kind of support do I have?
A. We really are a family. We have a private instructors only page on the website where you can download handouts, marketing ideas, sample posters and brochures, sample forms, emails, photos for marketing, etc. We also have a closed Facebook group where instructors from across the world can share ideas, stories, and the like.
We also have an bi-annual instructor conference. It isn't mandatory to attend however there is always great camaraderie, learning, updates on new ideas coming through and future programs we are developing, and it is a load of FUN. The conference generally takes place at the home ranch in Alberta Canada, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, however we do travel some years!
Senior instructors are always available for phone or email support as well.
Q. Sounds great - how do I register?
A. Click here to start your journey towards your dream job! Our top instructors are making over $100,000 per year working only 4 -5 days a month teaching.
(Make sure you've read the code of ethics form first, as they will form part of your instructor agreement.)