Continuing Education

Continuing Education

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.).

To maintain compliance as a PATH Intl. Certified Professional, when submitting your annual membership dues, you must also submit:

  • Documentation of a minimum of 20 continuing education hours (clock hours) obtained during the previous 12 months to include core requirements of:
    • Minimum of 6 hours of disability education
    • Minimum of 2 hours relevant to each certification held:
      • Master, Advanced and Registered Riding Instructors – 2 hours of personal riding lessons
      • Driving Instructors – 2 hours individual driving instruction or personal lessons
      • Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) – 2 hours of education in the mental health or learning field
      • Interactive Vaulting Instructors – 2 hours interactive vaulting instruction or personal lessons
  • Documentation of current Adult & Child CPR and First Aid certifications no longer needs to be submitted for annual compliance, but may be requested for Quality Assurance purposes.

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

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, Special Olympics or Para-Equestrian Event
    • 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

Mentor Training

The Mentor Training Workshop was created in response to the need for a more formalized education process to enhance the skills of those mentoring. The objective is to increase the number of qualified mentors available to instructors in training. Another added benefit is to provide current PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with a continuing education opportunity while enhancing personal observation, evaluation and feedback skills. See the mentor training page for information on this continuing education opportunity. Visit the PATH Intl. Events Calendar for workshop dates.

To review continuing education hours you have earned at PATH Intl. Regional and National Conferences, visit the My Professional Development page (you must be logged in).


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