Becoming Certified in the Masterson Method®

Masterson Method® Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork Certification Program

When Jim Masterson first began teaching Weekend Seminars, he was asked if there was a Masterson Method® Certification program. Most often this was asked by equine care and massage therapists looking to increase their knowledge and add effective tools to their toolboxes.

In 2008 due to popular demand, Jim began teaching a Certification Course in the Masterson Method® in both the United Kingdom and the United States to those that want to use this Method as a career path in Equine Massage.

Masterson began putting together a practical - as opposed to academic - program in which he could pass on what he knew about getting results in performance.

Jim's goal was to develop an equine massage school that would provide a systematic method that would make a difference in the horse, make a difference for the owner and trainer, and to make a difference in equine therapist's business. It's all about results. If you can get an improvement in performance, movement and comfort in the horse, they'll call you back.

In 2012, we developed an online resource for our equine massage school that help student going through the Certification Program become proficient in the Masterson Method® Techniques. The online school is a centralized location students can go to find all the resources they need to be successful in the program, communication with a mentor, and monitor their progress.

Since then the equine massage school has evolved and developed into what it is today, and attracts horse-people for a variety of reasons, some of which are listed here:

  • to improve professional skill as a therapist
  • to improve results as an equine competitor
  • to increase personal knowledge
  • to become a better all-around horse-person
  • for a better understanding of the horse
  • a sense of accomplishment

What does Certification in The Masterson Method® mean?

equine massage schoolCertification in any discipline shows that you have put in the time, energy and study to meet the standards of proficiency in that discipline. Masterson Method® Certification shows that you have learned and become proficient in advanced Masterson Method® techniques.

As there is no regulatory authority governing training in this type of equine bodywork in most states, and the Masterson Method® Certification is not under the auspices or authorization of any regulatory authority. A Masterson Method® Certification shows to a horse owner or veterinarian only that you have taken a course of study and become proficient in a specific type of equine bodywork.

As interest in alternative equine therapies grows and as more and more horse-people learn the value of the Masterson Method® to their horses, it is our hope that the businesses of Masterson Method® Certified Practitioners (MMCP) will grow with it.

Laws governing the practice of Alternative Therapies

The laws that govern equine massage and alternative therapies are different in each state. If you intend to practice equine massage and alternative therapies as a business, it is important that you become familiar with the laws of the state in which you plan to practice. It is also important that you talk with equine massage and alternative therapists in your area as well as your veterinarian, to get a good practical understanding of how practicing in your area works.

Keep in mind that the purpose of the Masterson Method® is to improve performance, well-being, relationship and communication with the horse. Its purpose is not to replace veterinary care.

We are accredited and approved through the follow organizations:

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits (CEC): Weekend Seminar-Workshop: 14 CEC. Advanced 5-Day: 32 CEC, Field Work Course: 50 CEC, Certification Completion Course: 21 CEC
IICT International Institute for Complementary Therapists
Approved Training Provider
Equine Therapies Association of Australia
Approved Training Provider

 

Steps to Becoming Certified
The Masterson Method Certification Program:

To become a Masterson Method® Certified Practitioner (MMCP) you must meet the horsemanship experience and educational prerequisites explained below, complete the training requirements of the course, and demonstrate proficiency in all of the techniques taught. Time frame to complete the Certification Program: 9 - 18 months. In order to become certified in the Masterson Method® students must have:

  • Completed all of the training requirements of the program listed below
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all of the techniques taught in the program
  • Have taken the anatomy portion of our course or have equivalent experience.

Step 1: Pre-Certification Courses

The following courses are prerequisites before enrolling in the Masterson Method Certification Program:

  1. Beyond Horse Massage 2-Day Seminar-Workshop (14 hours accredited by NCBTMB for Continuing Education Credits)
    You must have taken the Weekend Seminar-Workshop. This course teaches the basic principles and techniques of the Masterson Method®.
  2. Advanced 5-Day Course (32 hours accredited by NCBTMB for Continuing Education Credits)
    The advanced techniques taught in this course will increase your success in bringing about positive change in the movement and performance of the horse. You will also learn evaluation techniques that will help you identify patterns that point to possible Primary Issues that often create compensatory and Secondary Issues in the body.

Step 2: Entrance Quiz

  • Each applicant to the Certification Field Work Course will take this Field Work Entrance Quiz to evaluate proficiency in equine anatomy. This evaluation plus the applicants experience and past training in anatomy will be used to determine if the applicant will be required to take the Masterson Method Equine Anatomy Course.

Step 3: Starting the Certification Program (Field Work) costs:

Home Study Course:
Tuition:
$99 (normally $179.95, discounted price for those who have taken the Weekend Workshop) 

  • Those that have not completed the Home Study Course prior to enrollment will be required to complete the course before beginning their case studies in the Field Work portion of the Certification path.  Please go to the Store for course information.

Anatomy Course:
Tuition:
$165

  • All students are required to meet our anatomy requirements. Students enrolled in our Anatomy Course will need to complete this course before attending their 2nd Coaching Course and within 6 months of enrolling.  Please go to the Store for more information on this course.

Certification Field Work Course:
Tuition:
$500 Tuition; Each Coaching Course (3) at $350 each (pay as you go) OR: $1500 one time fee (and save $50)

  • Students will be required to complete a series of Case Study assignments for each of the Three Blocks. At the completion of each block, students will attend a Coaching Course with a Masterson Method Coach. At the Coaching Courses, students will demonstrate their progress.
  • Each Block will have a different Focus:
    • Block 1: Proficiency of Techniques
    • Block 2: Anatomy
    • Block 3: Putting it all Together
  • The final Coaching Course must be completed at least 3 weeks prior to attending the Certification Completion Course

Certification Completion Course (3-Day Course)
Tuition:
$1100

  • Student will review, practice and refine techniques learned during the Certification Program, be tested by Jim, and be taught the next level of evaluation and bodywork techniques. Proficiency in the Masterson Method® techniques taught during the Certification Program will be required to earn a Masterson Method® Certification.

 Note: Certification does not authorize a student to become an instructor in the Masterson Method®

The Certification Program Full Description:

Equine Anatomy Course:

This course was developed specifically for Certification in the Masterson Method®, but is open to anyone interested in learning more about equine performance anatomy and physical issues common to performance horses.

The scope of this course is to help the student learn where to search among available resources and to begin to develop the ability to articulate to others the anatomical structures that students will be touching and moving during a bodywork session. 

Each applicant to the Certification Field Work Course will take an Equine Anatomy Proficiency Evaluation exam to evaluate proficiency in equine anatomy. This evaluation plus the applicants experience and past training in anatomy will be used to determine if the applicant will be required to take the Level I equine anatomy course.

Anatomy Course Required books - Available in our online store

  • Beyond Horse Massage, Masterson, Reinhold, 2011
  • The Horse Anatomy Workbook, Raynor, 2006 or Horse Anatomy: Second Edition, Peter Goody
  • Horse Anatomy for Performance, Gillian Higgins, 2012
  • Horse’s Muscles in Motion, Wyche, 2002

Certification Field Work Block System

The Certification Field Work Course consists of a series of three blocks of Case Studies and three Coaching Courses.

Block 1

The focus of Block 1 is Proficiency in Techniques:  Student will complete and write up a series of Case Studies assignments on a required number of horses (2 sessions per horse). As each case study is completed, students will upload them on the online school for review by their assigned Certification Field Work Mentor. After completing  the required number of Case Studies for Block 1, student will attend a Coaching Course, (these will be scheduled around the country.)  Student's progress will be evaluated during the Coaching Course by a Masterson Method®Coach using the Evaluation Form.  The Evaluation Scale is from 1- 5.  At the first Coaching Course, the student will be expected to be evaluated at a level of 2 (Developing, and heading in the right direction) or higher in each category. If a student is evaluated in any category below a level of 2 (Developing, but somewhat behind schedule), the student will be permitted to move on to Block 2, but specific exercises or “homework” will be recommended for the student to practice above and beyond the required case studies. The purpose of this is to help the student improve in those areas before the next Coaching Course.

Block 2

The focus of Block 2 is Techniques and Anatomy:  Student will complete and write up a series of Case Studies assignments on a required number of horses (2 sessions per horse). As each Case Study is completed, students will upload them on the online school for review by their assigned Certification Field Work Mentor. After completing the required number of Case Studies for Block 2, student will attend a Coaching Course. Student's progress will be evaluated by a Coach using an Evaluation Form.  If required, the anatomy portion of our training must be completed before the second coaching course.  At the second Coaching Course, the student will need to be given an evaluation of 3 (Developing, and heading in the right direction) or higher in each category in order to move on to the next block. If a student does not have evaluations of at least level 3 then the student will not be moved to Block 3. The student will be given specific exercises or “homework” by the Coach to help the student to improve in those areas. The student will need to re-schedule another Coaching Course at which the student will work with a coach and be re-evaluated before moving on to Block 3. The purpose of this is to give the student more time to practice in those areas that need further development. The additional Coaching will be at the student’s expense, but at a lower tuition.

Block 3

The focus of Block 3 is Final Evaluations - Putting it all together:  Student will complete and write up a series of Case Studies assignments on a required number of horses (2 sessions per horse). As each Case Study is completed, students will upload them on the online school for review by their Certification Field Work Mentor. After completing another the required number of Case Studies for Block 3, student will attend a Coaching Course. Student's progress will be evaluated by a Coach using the Evaluation Form.  At the third Coaching Course, the student will need to be given an evaluation of 4 by the Coach in all categories in order to be approved to go on to the Final Certification Course.  An evaluation of 4 in a category signifies that the student is Proficient in that skill. If a student has any evaluations of less than 4’s, the student will be given additional specific practice or “homework” by the Coach. The student will re-schedule another Coaching Course at which the student will work with a Coach and be re-evaluated before being approved to go on to the Final Certification Course. The purpose of this is to give the student more time to practice in those areas that need further development. Any additional Coaching will be at the student’s expense, but at a lower tuition.

Certification 3-Day Completion Course

A three-day completion course with Jim. At these courses the student will review, practice and refine techniques learned during the previous two phases, be tested by Jim, and be taught the next level of evaluation and bodywork techniques.

Proficiency in the Masterson Method® techniques taught during the three phases of certification will be required to earn a Masterson Method® Certification. Certification will be awarded to those that are deemed proficient in the Masterson Method®.

Note:  Participating does not guarantee Certification.  You must fulfill all the requirements and be tested by Jim on your techniques to become Certified.  You may be asked by Jim to complete more case studies or attend more coaching weekends before being tested out once again.