Step 6 - Student Practitioner Written and Final Field Exams

Step 6 — Student Practitioner, Final Written Exam & Final Field Exam

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     Following the successful completion of your 10th mentorship, the time has come to complete your Final Field Exam and your Final Written Exam. Notify the ISNHCP that you are ready to take these exams. The ISNHCP will check all your training files at this time to confirm that they are complete and you are approved to go forward as an ISNHCP Student Practitioner. It is recommended that you also contact your Field Iinstructors to make sure they have submitted their training reports to the ISNHCP.

Final Field Exam

     You must schedule your field exam with any one of the clinicians listed on the "Meet Our Clinicians" menu. The exam should be scheduled as soon as possible after your final field mentorship but no more than 30 days following the last field mentorship unless special recommendations or other arrangements are made in advance with the ISNHCP. This is important because we want you to advance as soon as you are qualified to Step 7 (ISNHCP Student Practitioner status on AANHCP website practitioner locator list).

Measuring and Data Forms

    Submission of measurement data with the ISNHCP is required in this exam. It is your responsibility to come with multiple copies of the Step 6 Data Form, depending on the number of horses you will be trimming. Bring pencils (rather than ink pens) to record your data. Clipboards are highly recommended.

      • Download the Step 6 Data Form here.
      • Download instructions for Calibrating your HMR for deformed hooves here.

      Scheduling your Final Field Exam

      To schedule your final exam you must first forward to the Clinician the ISNHCP's email confirmation that you've successfully met the Step 5 Mentorship requirement. Final Field Clinicians will not conduct this exam until they have received this from you.

      The fee for taking the Final Field Exam is $250 paid directly to your selected clinician. Do not pay the ISNHCP.

      Your clinician will file their examination report with the ISNHCP. It will include a recommendation to pass or fail you. If "fail," their report will include what the problems were and what you should do to correct them.

      The ISNHCP will notify you of the results of your field exam.

      You must also take your Final Written Exam.

      Final Written Exam

           We recommend that the written exam be taken prior to completing the final field exam. The final field exam may also be taken the day after the student's last field mentorship, subject to the recommendation of the field instructor and advance permission from both the Field Instructor and the ISNHCP. The written exam should then be taken no more than 30 days after completing the SP final field exam. Students have 3 days to complete the final written exam.   

           The written exam is taken online. Schedule your exam 48 hours before you plan to take it. This time leeway allows the ISNHCP to send you the exam link that accounts for potential time zone differences. There is a $50 fee to take the exam.

      Register here to take the exam and for other pre-examination instructions. The ISNHCP will notify you by email of the results of your written exam.

      Examination Results

           If you pass both exams, you may proceed to Step 7. If you fail one or both exams, the ISNHCP will inform you what you can do at that point to correct your deficiencies so that you can reexamine with the intent of continuing with the training program.

      Register here if you have failed your Final Written Exam. Be forewarned, reviewing a failed exam takes considerable time, hence the fee is greater than the Final Written Exam itself. The failed exam review fee is $150.