Retesting

LEVEL 1 – 4 RETEST FAQ’s

IF I FAIL THE RIDING OR TEACHING PORTION OF THE COURSE, HOW DO I RE-TEST?
Retesting is always an opportunity to learn and continue to improve.  Passing any PMBIA course is a process that each person moves through at their own pace, based on their skills, experience and personality.  Stay positive and make sure you do your homework before coming back for a retest!
WHAT’S THE OPTION IF I WAS UNSUCCESSFUL WITH BOTH RIDING & TEACHING ASSESSMENTS?
While this can be a tough pill to swallow, we are with you on this! Every person moves through the process at their own rate so try to stay positive and focus on your own personal progression, rather than comparing your own performance to others. If you were unsuccessful with both riding and teaching the best pathway is to repeat the full course again to allow you more time to process, practice and consolidate the course information.

To help support members through this process, the PMBIA will offer a 20% discount on the course price. Please email info@pmbia.org prior to registering, in order to receive a discount code.

LEVEL 1

RIDING RETESTS have two options; to attend the second day of the course or submit a video. Attending the second day of the Level 1 course is often the best option as it allows another full day of riding and training with a PMBIA Course Conductor. If a candidate cannot attend a course in person to re-test their riding, they can submit a video of their riding for review by a PMBIA Course Conductor. Please email info@pmbia.org for specific details on how to create an appropriate retest video.

TEACHING RETESTS must return for only the second day of the Level 1 course to join the course candidates and teach one maneuver-based lesson and one skills-based lesson. Please see the PMBIA Course Conductor first thing in the morning of the retest with any questions or concerns you may have.

FULL RETESTS – Level 1 – If a candidate fails both the riding and teaching components, they must take the entire 3-day Level 1 course again. However a 20% discount to the course fee will be applied. Please email info@pmbia.org prior to registering, in order to receive a discount code.

 

Price: $125 + tax for on course retests. $95 for video riding retest.

TIMELINE

Level 1 retests have two calendar years to complete the re-test. Failure to complete the retest within the deadline will require the candidate to take the full Level 1 course again.

PREPARATION
Please make sure you have taken the appropriate time and practice to genuinely improve your riding or teaching, before signing up for a retest. Practice with other coaches, video your own riding or teaching and genuinely invest in making sure you have progressed your skills. Not taking enough time and/or not being aware enough of your own progress, are by far the most common reasons why retests are not successful.

TO REGISTER for a retest, please email info@pmbia.org with the subject “RETEST: insert course level, insert course dates”.

LEVEL 2 & 3

The Level 2 and 3 Certifications utilize the four-day AIR and TECH Instructor Courses: Level 2 Instructors must pass one of these courses while Level 3 Instructors must pass both courses (plus attend the Kids Module). 

  • TEACHING RETEST candidates can retest through option 1, only
  • RIDING RETEST candidates can choose between option 1 or 2. 

OPTION #1: Attend the 2-day AIR OR TECH MODULES

This is the best value as candidates will have two days of training and more time to demonstrate the teaching or riding standards. The PMBIA recommends the 2 day AIR and TECH MODULES as the best method for retests. These modules will act as both training and a retest, to allow the candidate the best possible chance of progression and success. More details on these L2 Modules are available below:

OPTION #2: Attend the second day of the 4-day AIR OR TECH CERTIFICATION COURSES

This is available to RIDING RETESTS ONLY and requires candidates to attend the second day of the full, four day course. The candidate will be riding for the day with the group, while being assessed by the PMBIA Course Conductor.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates can only retest on the same type of course. For example, if a candidate was unsuccessful with the teaching component during the four-day AIR Instructor Course, they can only retest via the AIR Module, and not the TECH Module.

TIMELINE

Level 2 and 3 retests have two calendar years to complete the retest. Failure to complete the retest within the deadline will require the candidate to take the full, four day AIR or TECH Course, again.

FULL RETESTS – LEVEL 2: if a Level 2 candidate fails both the riding and teaching components, they must take the entire four-day AIR or TECH Course again. This process is the most effective way to ensure the candidate continues to learn and develop to maximize their chances of success, moving forward. To help support members through this process, the PMBIA will offer a 20% discount on the course price. Please email info@pmbia.org prior to registering, in order to receive a discount code.

Please note; candidates can only retest on the same type of course. For example, if a Level 2 candidate was unsuccessful during the four-day AIR Instructor Course, then they need to retake the same AIR Instructor Course again, and not the TECH Instructor Course.

FULL RETESTS – LEVEL 3: if a Level 3 candidate fails both the riding and teaching components during an AIR or TECH Course when being assessed to the Level 3 standard, they can retest via a two day AIR or TECH Module. Please note; candidates can only retest on the same type of course. For example, if a Level 3 candidate was unsuccessful during the four-day AIR Instructor Course, they can only retest via the AIR Module.

PREPARATION
Please make sure you have taken the appropriate time and practice to genuinely improve your riding or teaching, before signing up for a retest. Practice with other coaches, video your own riding or teaching and genuinely invest in making sure you have progressed your skills. Not taking enough time and/or not being aware enough of your own progress, are by far the most common reasons why retests are not successful.

TO REGISTER for a retest, please email info@pmbia.org with the subject “RETEST: insert course name, insert course dates”.

LEVEL 4

If you were unsuccessful on the Level 4 Course with the riding and/or teaching components, you must take the 2-day Level 4 MODULE to retest. This provides further training and more opportunities to learn, progress, and to meet the course standards.

TEACHING RETESTS 

As part of a Level 4 teaching retest, candidates will be asked to present an Expert Theme-Based Skill Coaching Session, to develop and refine the skills of an expert student, lasting up to 45 minutes. In this context, candidates must meet the relevant Level 4 Teaching Standards, to complete this component of the certification. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development.  

RIDING RETESTS 

As part of a riding retest, candidates will be asked to present a 15 – 20 minute Expert Skill Coaching Session, to develop and refine the skills of an expert student. During this coaching session and throughout the two-day module, riding retest candidates will need to consistently show the Level 4 Riding Standards, to complete this component of the certification. A Candidate Evaluation & Feedback Form will be provided to offer relevant feedback for each candidate’s personal, professional development. 

TIMELINE

Level 4 retests have two calendar years to complete the retest. Failure to complete the retest within the deadline will require the candidate to take the full Level 4 course again. 

PREPARATION
Please make sure you have taken the appropriate time and practice to genuinely improve your riding or teaching, before signing up for a retest. Practice with other coaches, video your own riding or teaching and genuinely invest in making sure you have progressed your skills. Not taking enough time and/or not being aware enough of your own progress, are by far the most common reasons why retests are not successful.

TO REGISTER for a retest, please email info@pmbia.org with the subject “RETEST: insert course name, insert course dates”.