Step 6 -Student Practitioner, Level 1 Written & Field Exams
Step 6 — Student Practitioner, Level 1: 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. It is recommended that you also contact your field instructors 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 (Student Practitioner, Level 1 status on AANHCP website practitioner locator list).
Submission of measurement data with the ISNHCP is required in this exam. Use the data form for Step 6 included in your ISNHCP DVD. Scan the data form with your results and email it to the ISNHCP. You can also request this form from the ISNHCP if it was not included on your DVD at the time you entered the training program. Your clinician has been instructed to have this form on hand at the time of the clinic as well. But it is your responsibility to come with multiple copies, depending on the number of horses you will be trimming for the clinician.
To schedule your final exam you must forward to the Final Field Exam Clinician the ISNHCP 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 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. There is a $50 fee to take the exam. Register here to take the exam. 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.