Q. Is the training tax deductable?
A. YES! It certainly is, but check with your accountant for specifics.
Q. How long will it take me to recover my investment?
A. You'll make back your training fees with just 20 students. Average class sizes are 10-20 students, so most instructors make back their investment with their first course or two.
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, farrier notebook, anatomy and physiology charts, and a variety of other materials. The course itself is 3 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 vest with the company logo embroidered on as well as the word 'INSTRUCTOR'. We also provide you with a vital signs kit, outlines, a powerpoint presentation that guides you through the courses. You will be 100% set up and ready to teach upon graduation!
Q. When 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. That means that you get to write off all your equine 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, mail outs, 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. Territories are unnecessary. Not only do we currently offer 7 different training courses, but there are over 4.6 million horse owners in the USA, as well as 2 million people involved with horses in Canada, 1.2 million riders in the UK, and more - so there are plenty of clients for all our instructors. We want you to be able to travel and teach fun places as well. We have one instructor who teaches at a guest ranch in Costa Rica every year. You are eligible to teach anywhere you'd like...... get that passport out!
Q. So how does it 'work'?
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 primary 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 first aid manual, certificate of completion and normal/abnormal card). Your NET profit is $119.00 per student. So... a 20 person course NETS you 2,380.00 - That's $297.50 per hour. (Not such a bad way to spend a Saturday!)
Q. Do I have to re-certify at any point?
A. Yes, your certification is valid for 3 years. After 3 years you can re-certify via online exam, to obtain your lifetime certification and senior instructor status.
Q. What kind of support do I have?
A. We really are a family. We have a private instructors only page on the home 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.
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.)