My Instructor Certification
Manage/Renew My Instructor Certification (Membership)
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) has more than 4,500 certified instructors working in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry. As the premier organization advocating for EAAT and providing standards for safe and enabling equine interactions, PATH Intl. celebrates ability, optimism, diversity and a shared love of equines.
PATH Intl. offers workshops and certifications in the following
- Therapeutic riding, at the registered, advanced and master levels
- Driving, at levels one and two
- Interactive vaulting, at level one
At each level, you will master knowledge and skills in equine management, horsemanship, teaching and understanding disabilities. In addition, new workshops and certifications are always being developed. Watch your onlinePATH Intl. News for information about workshops, certifications and Approved Training Courses (ATC).
Click here for our Certification page to learn more about the advanced, master and specialty certifications.
Individuals currently in the certification process, visit the My Professional Development page to review your information as you work towards certification.
Renew your Instructor Certification
To renew your instructor certification:
Log in using your unique email address and password (upper right side of the PATH Intl. website) or click here for the Membership Renewal Application.
Click on “Renew” (upper right side of the PATH Intl. website) or click here Renew. You will be directed to the PATH Intl. membership database
In the membership information section, click on “Pay Open Orders”
Check the box next to the renewal you wish to pay, click next
Enter in your credit card information, click next. PATH Intl. accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover
Choose the billing address that relates to the credit card, click next
Verify order and email address, click submit payment. An email receipt will be sent to the email indicated
Requests for reinstatement of instructor status once forfeited are also reviewed on a case-by-case basis. A reinstatement fee will apply. Current reinstatement policy is up to three years. After three years you are a "dropped instructor" and you must complete the current certification process again. Please review the PATH Intl. Reinstatement Policy.
Annual Compliance for PATH Intl. Certified Instructors
PATH Intl. Certified Instructors
PATH Intl. Certified Instructors are required to submit the following information annually:
- Maintain current PATH Intl. Instructor Membership
- Copies of current CPR and First Aid Cards
Documentation of 20 Clock Hours of Continuing Education
An Instructor Compliance Form is mailed out annually on the back of the Instructor membership renewal notice. This form, which is used to record the hours of continuing education, should be returned to the PATH Intl. office with membership renewals.
Continuing education activities should involve active participation, reflect pursuit of professional development and encourage self-reflection, ultimately enhancing your instruction skills and expanding knowledge related to the EAAT industry. Continuing education hours are referred to as clock hours.They are not limited to events sponsored by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).
- Formally organized educational events
- Equine welfare, management, behavior or skill clinics
- Attending/auditing PATH Intl. workshops
- PATH Intl. Horse Expo
- Higher Education courses that provide a greater understanding of persons with disabilities (socially, cognitively, behaviorally)
- College-level anatomy, physiology and biomechanics courses
- Individual professional activities
- Writing and submitting papers or articles for publication
- Presenting on topics or research related to EAAT at professional conferences, symposiums, clinics and panel discussions
- Retaking PATH Intl. Online Courses/Exams
- Professional conferences
- Attending conferences, symposiums, and panel presentations with the objective of gaining knowledge pertaining to the EAAT industry
- Coaching – (max of 4 hours)
- Participating in hands-on exercises to strengthen areas of focus pertaining to the EAAT industry to increase professional competence.
- Coach must be a compliant PATH Intl. Certified Instructor with 5+ years involvement in the EAAT industry. (Must document your coach’s PATH Intl. member ID and years of experience.)
- Student must be a compliant PATH Intl. Certified Instructor with fewer years of experience than the coach
- Educational webinars and videos
- PATH Intl. 2014 PATH Intl. Conference Session Videos
- PATH Intl. Educational Webinars (visit the PATH Intl. store)
- Webinars offered by professional equine and/or disability-related associations
- Academic or Outcomes-based EAAT research
- Participation in and development or analysis of research pertaining to the EAAT field. (Signature of supervisor and name of research institution and/or project must be provided.)
- Personal lessons and/or evaluation for skill mastery (max of 4 hours)
- Receiving instruction to strengthen a specific riding/driving/vaulting/instruction skill. (Please indicate skill worked on; instructor signature required.)
- Teaching evaluation by a PATH Intl. instructor with 5+ years therapeutic instruction experience
- Volunteering for PATH Intl. (max of 2 hours)
- Serving for ONE FULL YEAR on any PATH Intl. committee, subcommittee, workgroup or task force earns 1 hour of continuing education.
- Horseshow judging for a PATH Intl. Member Center or Special Olympics
- Attending a PATH Intl. Member Center volunteer training
Activities that will NOT be accepted
- Participating in exercise classes or personal training
- Horseshow judging, competing or volunteering at events not hosted by a PATH Intl. Member Center or Special Olympics
- Recreational riding (i.e. trail riding, cattle sorting, cattle drives, steeplechase, fox hunting, etc.)
- Horse Expos or Fairs
- Human or equine massage, Reiki or acupuncture
- Community service related volunteering
- CPR, First Aid, EMT, Paramedic and/or First Responder training
- Observing or administering veterinary care
- Observing farrier services
- Observing or providing therapeutic sessions or riding lessons
- Day-to-day job duties
PATH Intl. Instructor Compliance Form (which includes the PATH Intl. Instructor Code of Ethics)
To review continuing education hours earned at PATH Intl. Regional and National Conferences visit the My Professional Development page.
Requests for exception to annual requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Specialty Certification in Driving
If you are both a PATH Intl. Certified Riding instructor and a PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor
- you are required to attend at least one Driving Clinic per year
- or 8 hours of individual instruction, or successful completion of a sanctioned (USAE, ADS) Combined Driving Event (CDE) at the preliminary level or above. These 8 hours are in addition to the 20 hours continuing education required for the Riding Instructor Certification.
If you are ONLY a PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor
- you must have 20 hours of continuing Education, 8 of which, have to be at least one Driving Clinic per year
- or 8 hours of individual instruction
- or successful completion of a sanctioned (USAE, ADS) Combined Driving Event (CDE) at the preliminary level or above or completion of the PATH Intl. Driving Workshop (one time only).
Specialty Certification in Vaulting Compliance
Minimum of 8 documented hours of interactive vaulting instruction—to include teaching to a group of at least 3 students. Must provide total number and age of students, type of disability, location, horse used, and hours taught. These 8 hours are in addition to the 20 hours continuing education required for the Riding Instructor Certification.
Frequently Asked Questions About Instructor Compliance
1. I just became an instructor, when do I renew? Does my membership type and dues change when I renew?
Yes, your membership type is now Professional Certified Instructor and your dues will be $80 on an annual basis, $120 for International Instructors. This membership includes membership in the PATH Intl. Instructor Special Interest Section so this section does not have to be added on your renewal form.
Your renewal month is be determined by the first PATH Intl. joined date not the date you became a certified Instructor. Due to this first joined date you may or may not receive a renewal notice soon after you become certified or you may receive it months later, it depends on your first joined date.
2. What do I need to submit when I renew my PATH Intl. membership as an Instructor?
There are multiple items needed to renew as an Instructor; each of these items that need to be completed is a very important part of renewing your PATH Intl. membership and meeting the annual renewal requirements as a Certified Instructor of PATH Intl.
PATH Intl. Membership renewal notices are sent by mail 2-3 weeks prior to your membership expiring. You have a 90-day grace period to submit your renewal prior to becoming expired and needing to reinstate your instructor status, see reinstatement policy. It is the responsibility of the Instructor to ensure all items will be current at the time of renewal. The front of the renewal form will include information on membership, special interest sections and payment options.
On the reverse of the renewal form there will be the PATH Intl. Instructor Compliance Form. This compliance form is where all other annual Instructor compliance requirements need to be documented. The following items need to be completed on the compliance form located on the reverse side of the renewal form: Adult/Child CPR and First Aid certification expiration dates, 20 continuing education hours and signed PATH Intl. Instructor Code of Ethics. It is always the instructors responsibility to ensure membership is renewed every year, even if the center you are employed at is paying your renewal.
Instructors are also required to maintain current Adult/Child CPR and First Aid at all times throughout the year. As far as maintaining your First Aid and CPR, please refer to the expiration date on each of your certification cards. The expiration dates of these certifications should be documented on the compliance form. You should renew your First Aid and CPR prior to the expiration date. The PATH Intl. office tracks the expiration date, so make sure to let the office know when you have renewed this certification by faxing or emailing in copies of you updated cards. Also, please be aware that First Aid and CPR certification via online courses do not meet the certification or compliance requirements for PATH Intl. Instructors. PATH Intl. suggests renewing your CPR and First Aid before your renewal date so you will have new expiration dates at the time of your renewal.
The number of continuing education hours is dependent on your level of certification. For more information on documenting continuing education hours please see question #5. The continuing education hours need to be documented, all columns complete, on the instructor compliance form. A separate sheet of paper attached is acceptable if more room is needed. Please know that you do not need to send proof of completion of your hours unless requested by PATH Intl.. Just keep track of how many hours you have accumulated, the date of the event, and who sponsored it.
The compliance form includes the PATH Intl. Instructor Code of Ethics; please make sure to sign the bottom of the form as this is a requirement on an annual basis for every Certified Instructor. By signing the PATH Intl. Code of Ethics for Instructors/compliance form the Instructor attests the information submitted on the form is true and accurate and they have read, fully understand and will uphold the PATH Intl. Code of Ethics for Instructors at all times.
3. Where can I get an instructor compliance form?
PATH Intl. Membership renewal notices are sent by mail 2-3 weeks prior to your membership expiring. The front of the renewal form will include information on membership, special interest sections and payment options. On the reverse of the renewal form there will be the Instructor Compliance Form.
If your renewal notice does not have a compliance form on the back and you are a Certified Instructor or if you would like another copy, you can download the form here. A copy can also be sent to you via email by contacting the PATH Intl. office.
4. What are some examples of activities that would count toward my continuing education?
Continuing education hours are referred to as clock hours, not educational college credit hours. Continuing education activities can be any educational event that you attend, which will benefit you in your work as a therapeutic riding instructor, and are not limited to those sponsored by PATH Intl.. Please see the compliance form for more examples, but some examples include:
- Local, regional, national or international equestrian clinics, equine expos or horse fairs
- Presentations on horse care and /or management
- Medical, educational, or disability-related workshops sponsored by any recognized educational or medical organization/institution
- PATH Intl. Annual or Regional Conferences or workshops
- College Equine courses, internships, PATH Intl. Approved Training Courses or PATH Intl. on-line courses
- Presenting at a therapeutic riding or related educational event
- Horseshow judging or competing
- Personal horseback riding lessons (10 hrs. max.)
- 50% of continuing education hours can be industry-related teaching or mentoring of Instructors-In-Training (IT). (10 hrs. max.)
- Registered Instructor On-Site Workshop (10-15 hrs. max, depending on type of completion and when completed.) If completing your renewal for the first time after your certification you can use your certification for all 20 hours of continuing education.
5. What types of activities would not be accepted for continuing education?
If you ever feel that something may not count as continuing education please contact the PATH Intl. office for clarification. Some examples of what would not be accepted are:
- Recreational or trail riding
- CPR or First Aid training
- Observing or providing therapy/therapeutic riding sessions
- Educational videos, tapes, books or research
6. When should I perform my continuing education hours so I have the correct continuing education hours performed each year?
The renewal month for instructors runs concurrent to each person’s membership year and first PATH Intl. joined date not the date the person was certified. This means, for example, that if your PATH Intl. membership is due July 31, 2007 then your completed instructor compliance requirements will be due July 31, 2007.
The continuing education submitted each year will still reflect hours accumulated throughout the previous 12 months. For example, if my renewal month is July every year, and my next renewal and compliance requirements are due July 31, 2007, I would submit a minimum of 20 continuing education hours performed July 06-July 07.
7. As a new instructor, how do I obtain the continuing education hours if my membership renewal date falls shortly after my certification date?
For your first renewal year, all new instructors can use the hours they spent obtaining their certification as continuing education hours. You still need to complete the compliance requirements even though your renewal date falls so close after your certification dates.
When you receive your renewal notice, in the continuing education area of the compliance form list approximately how many hours you spent obtaining your certification, date, and location. You must also complete the CPR and First Aid information and sign the PATH Intl. Code of Ethics for Instructors as part of your renewal.
8. I am a medical health professional, do I need to complete Adult/Child CPR and First Aid in order to renew my Instructor Certification?
PATH Intl. WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LICENSES TO FULFILL FIRST AID REQUIREMENT. This decision reflects research in this area done by the Certification Oversight Committee and the Health & Ed Committee that medical professional licenses do not require this type of training. PATH Intl. will accept front and back copies of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) licenses for First Aid requirement only; those with EMT licenses must submit front and back copies of their current EMT license in order to fulfill this requirement.
Certified Instructor renewals received before this effective date that include an acceptable medical professional license expiration date for the first aid requirement will be accepted for this renewal year ONLY. Those renewals received after August 31, 2007 will be subject to the new policy. All new Instructor candidates will have to adhere to this policy effective immediately.
9. I am a certified driving instructor. How are my compliance requirements different?
As a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor you must submit a minimum of 20 or 28 clock hours of continuing education on an annual basis. The minimum number of hours required is determined by what type of certification you have.
If you are only a Driving Instructor you need to submit 20 hours of continuing education, 8 hrs of which, have to be at least one Driving Clinic per year, or 8 hours of individual instruction, or successful completion of a sanctioned (USAE, ADS) Combined Driving Event (CDE) at the preliminary level or above.
If you are a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at the Registered, Advanced, or Master Level in addition to being Certified in Driving, you must submit an additional 8 hours of continuing education; a total of 28 hours annually. The 8 hours of driving continuing education you submit must be at least one Driving Clinic per year, or 8 hours of individual instruction, or successful completion of a sanctioned (USAE, ADS) Combined Driving Event (CDE) at the preliminary level or above. For example, if you are a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a Driving Level I Instructor, you will need to submit 28 hours of continuing education. This works out to 20 hours for your Registered certification and 8 hours for your driving certification.
10. I will not be teaching this year. Do I still need to submit a compliance form?
Yes, if you want to maintain your Instructor status, you will need to complete the annual requirements each year; PATH Intl. does not offer an extension on renewal and does not have an inactive status. If you do not meet the annual renewal requirements and your membership/ Instructor status expires you will have to reinstate. Please contact the PATH Intl. office for reinstatement information.
Instructors currently have three years from their last renewal dues date to start the reinstatement process. But, once this three year time limit has passed, dropped instructors will need to complete the entire certification program again. For information about reinstating, please contact the PATH Intl. office.
PATH Intl. Certified Instructor Reinstatement Policy:
After a 90-day grace period (concurrent with the membership grace period) PATH Intl. certified instructors are required to pay a certification reinstatement fee and submit continuing education hours in order to be reinstated as a certified instructor member (in addition to rejoining with a new membership join date).
|Time Past Membership Expiration||Reinstatement Fee||Continuing Education Hours Required|
|90 – 180 Days||$35||25 hours|
|6 months to 1 year||$75||30 hours|
|1 to 2 years||$100||40 hours|
|2 to 3 years||$150||60 hours + 10 hours teaching under a mentor|