The ASMA Certification program is designed for saddlemakers, bridle makers, chap makers, and retailers. The test given for each category will reflect the level of skills and knowledge required for that category. A candidate may elect to be certified in more than one category.
Times, locations, and costs of certifications will be announced publicly as will the kind of test to be administered. Certification is valid for a lifetime, so it will necessary to pass the test only once. Upon passing the tests, the candidate will be "ASMA Certified" in the area for which the test was taken. Certification means the candidate's work is to a high standard that will assure the public that the work is safe and properly designed for its intended use. The work should also be aesthetically pleasing without ornamentation or surface decoration.
In order to assure each candidate the highest level of testing, there will be three examiners of national repute. The certification procedure will last for two days. The greater emphasis will be on working ability. However, all candidates must be versed in saddle, tack, and equine terminology. One half day will be devoted to this in the form of a written test. The remaining 3-half days will be doing actual work. The examiners will observe the work done and assess the quality of the finished product at the end of the timed interval. The candidate must also bring one sample of completed work and a work currently in progress or partially finished work. The competed work may be new or used, but it must be ready to use on a horse or rider. No parts can be missing.
The certificate will be akin to any professional who has a diploma on the wall; showing professional standards are met within that person's area of expertise. Become certified to show everyone you are a professional with the skills and knowledge to back it up. Be proud of your work and add value to it by becoming certified.
CURRENTLY THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IS ON HOLD UNTIL ENOUGH INDIVIDUALS SHOW INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM.
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