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Certification Program - CMEC

The League of Agricultural and Equine Centers, in association with Middle Tennessee State University, worked to develop the Certified Manager of Equine Centers program to accomplish several distinct and important purposes:

    • Provide incentive for professional improvement in equine center management
    • Recognize those who achieve the specific standards; and
    • Develop professional status in the field of equine center management
It is not the purpose of the certification program to determine who shall or shall not engage in the management of equine facilities. The Board of Directors of The League encourages all active in the field of equine center management to apply for certification and those entering equine center management to strive for certification.

Qualifications and Requirements

Membership – An applicant must be employed full-time as a general manager or facility manager at an equine center that is an active member in good standing of The League. Full-time status is defined as one who is employed in a compensated non-volunteer capacity for more than 1,000 hours per year by an equine center.

Other Staff Personnel
 – An applicant may be employed full-time in another capacity and deemed eligible for certification by the general manager or center manager at the equine facility.

Education – A record of formal education including high school, college, post-graduate courses, or equivalent educational work from an accredited business or vocational school.

References – Each candidate for certification will be requested to provide at least three letters of recommendation addressed to the Certification Committee relative to association with and management of the applicant’s equine center. At least one must be from a person involved in equine center management but not with the applicant’s center.

Certification Process

Certification Credits

Applicants will be required to complete a total of 45 hours in core areas. The core areas are available at The League’s annual symposium and will consist of, but are not limited to:
    • Business management – 15 hours (marketing, public financing, insurance)
    • Center operations – 15 hours (daily operations, maintenance, emergency management)
    • Event management – 15 hours (show promotions, alternative events, contracts)
Applicants will be required to:
    • Attend one League Footing Academy
    • Complete an essay on a topic provided by the Certification Committee
    • Appear before the Certification Committee for an oral interview

Certification Application

Applicants should contact The League office for the necessary forms and instructions. After the applicant is satisfied he/she can meet the minimum requirements, he/she shall then return the completed application by September 1 to The League office along with a check for the appropriate amount. Once the application is forwarded to The League it shall become the property thereof and will not be returned to the applicant. Consideration will not be given to applicants who have material misrepresentations in their application. The application fee shall be returned, less a processing fee, should certification be denied for any reason.

Administration of Certification

Certification shall be administered by The League through its Board of Directors. The League Chair shall appoint a Certification Committee consisting of two members. The Committee may develop its own internal operating procedures, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. The Committee shall report, at least annually, any recommendations for changes to the program. Such suggested changes shall be presented to the Board of Directors for review.

Conditions Governing Certification Designation and Use

The designation 'CMEC' may be used following the manager’s name on correspondence, letterheads, business cards, and other printed matter where it may appear.

Once an applicant has been certified, said designation shall remain with him/her permanently, providing any re-certification requirements which may be prescribed by The League Board of Directors are met or unless decertified by The League Board of Directors.

The CMEC designation should be used only so long as the person is active within the equine facility sector and any re-certification requirements which may be prescribed by The League Board of Directors have been met.

Admission into the Certification Program may be granted by the Certification Committee not withstanding the above.

Recertification Requirements

  • Recertification is required every three (3) years.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) Symposium credits must be earned over the three year period.
  • Submission of an article for publication will be required every three (3) years. Topic will be mutually agreed upon by the League Certification Panel and the candidate.
  • Participation at a Symposium as a speaker/presenter a minimum of one time every three years will be mandatory.


Certification - $200.00 with CMEC application due September 1. Fee is non-refundable. 
Recertification - $75.00 every three (3) years.

The League of Agricultural & Equine Centers

245 Morris Road

Aiken, South Carolina 29805


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