The requirements to become an authorized PLTA Pack Trial Certifier are under review. Please contact the Board of Directors for updated information.
In the past, in order to become a trail Certifier, a person was required to:
- be a Full Member of the PLTA
- have applied to the PLTA Board of Directors for pre-aproval
- have overnight packing experience
- have completed at least two pack trials at the Master level
- have apprenticed under a an approved pack trial Certifier at one additional sanctioned Advanced or Master level trial
The apprentice requirement and one Master level trial could be satisfied by attending a PLTA sponsored Certifiers Workshop.
It is expected that when the requirements are updated they will include an open-book test based on the PLTA Handbook: General Procedures and Regulatations for PLTA Sanctioned Events, a copy of which may be obtained by contacting the PLTA Secretary. Here are ten sample questions from the proposed test:
- What are the three requirements for participation in a PLTA event with a llama?
- What are the requirements for a llama who is not participating in the trial but wants to go along?
- List nine llama behaviors that would result in a performance/safety deduction.
- What are the standard mileage and elevation gain requirements for each level?
- What are time windows and how are they set?
- How many obstacles are required at each level and what are the mandatory ones?
- What five things can disqualify a llama?
- What are the five special requirements in a string trial?
- What are the ten Certifier’s responsibilities?
- What five things must stewards and participants be briefed on before a trial begins?
- What are the six manageability tasks?
If you have questions, comments or constructive suggestions regarding the requirements for becoming a Certifier, please contact the PLTA Board of Directors (see the 'Contacts' tab on this website.)