Certification

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50% Off CTRI Certification Maintenance Fee!

Members who could use a little financial relief may choose to receive an optional 50% off the PATH Intl. CTRI™ certification maintenance fee (normally $75 for members). The fee is required to complete transition to the CTRI (certified therapeutic riding instructor) credential. The discount will be available to all higher education student, participating, professional and professional plus members through May 31, 2020. To complete payment for the certification maintenance fee online, click here. Follow the steps to log in to your account and apply discount code 2020RELIEF before completing your transaction. Mailed payments must be postmarked by May 31, 2020 with the discount code if you are requesting the 50% off. Payment of the certification maintenance fee will initiate enrollment in the online test within three business days following receipt of payment. Contact Brittney Holdman with questions.

Added for June 2020: CTRI Certification Exam Testing Window Secured

Recognizing that shelter-in-place and stay-at-home mandates currently prohibit many certified therapeutic registered instructor (CTRI) candidates from attending testing at PearsonVUE testing centers this month, the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) is pleased to announce an additional CTRI certification exam testing window has been secured for June 21-28, 2020. CTRI candidates holding an authorization to test letter issued May 21st or earlier are eligible to register for the exam at any PearsonVUE testing center during the June testing window. If shelter-in-place/stay-at-home mandates continue to restrict movement of the vast majority of CTRI candidates into the second half of June, the PICC will explore shifting this additional window to a later date. The PICC will provide updates as pertinent.

Extended Until June 2021: Registered TRI Certification Program and CTRI Process

In recognition of challenges the COVID-19 virus has presented and may continue to present to PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification applicants and PATH Intl. centers, the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council and PATH Intl. have extended the availability of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification program through June 30, 2021. This means that registered instructor candidates in possession of an instructor in-training (IT) letter valid after January 1, 2020, will now have until June 30, 2021, to complete PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification. This extension also applies to completion of both on-site and video resubmissions, regardless of IT letter validity.

In tandem, the credentialing council has also extended the PATH Intl. CTRI credential transition process through June 30, 2021, to allow newly certified instructors to transition to the CTRI credential following successful registered instructor certification.

 

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Instructors in Training: Be sure to stay abreast of updates in 2020 to make sure you are prepared to complete certification on time.

Current PATH Intl. Certified Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructors: Make sure you are prepared to transition to the CTRI credential to maintain active certification and supervise CTRI applicant teaching hours.


Current PATH Intl. Certified Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructors

Registered Instructors: What you need to know for 2020 - 1/24/20

 

 


Instructors in Training

Suspension of all PATH Intl. on-site events through May 31, 2020 - April 6, 2020

Extension for PATH Intl. Registered Instructors in Training - March 25, 2020

PATH Intl. Registered Instructors in Training: What you need to know for 2020 - March 20, 2020

PATH Intl. Registered Instructors in Training: What you need to know for 2020 - January 24, 2020

 

Click on the links below to learn more about the individual PATH Intl. certification programs.

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Soon to be accredited by the National Council of Certifying Agencies!

  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • Ready to renew your existing PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification to establish the new PATH Intl. CTRI credential? The PATH Intl. CTRI Credential Transition form is located here.
  • Certification maintenance form is located here. (coming soon)
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your certification maintenance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Learn more about certification:

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Click the links below to learn more about the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor (TRI) certification program.

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  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • The online Annual Compliance Form is located here. To download a print copy, click here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your compliance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn more about certification:

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PATH Intl. 2016 Certification Events Summary

Therapeutic Riding:

 

Work-
shop Only Attendees

Work-
shop Total

Cert. Only Attendees*

Work-
shop & Cert. Attendees*

Met Criteria

Did Not Meet Criteria

Did Not Meet Criteria Riding

Did Not Meet Criteria Instruc-
tion

Did Not Meet Criteria Both

Did Not Meet Criteria Cert. Only 

With-
drew From Certification

Registered

246

752

122

506

346

154

76

46

32

41

11

Percentage

        69.2 30.8  49.3 29.9 20.8 33.6  
                       

Advanced

25

9

16

         

Percentage

        36.0 64.0
         
                       

Master

       

NA

NA

         

Percentage

               

 

* May include candidates who withdrew and are not counted in Met Criteria/Did Not Meet Criteria numbers

 

Click here for a complete list of 2016 certification results for all specialties.

Click here for a complete list of 2015 certification results for all specialties.

Click here for a complete list of 2014 certification results for all specialties.

PATH Intl. Certified Professional Code of Ethics

Click here for the pdf

Preamble

The PATH Intl. Certified Professional Code of Ethics sets forth ethical principles for all PATH Intl. certified persons.

The practice and preservation of the highest standards of ethical principles and integrity are vital for the responsible implementation of obligations, activities and services provided by PATH Intl. certified persons. All certified persons are responsible for maintaining and promoting these ethical practices. The code of ethics is intended to be used as a guide for promoting and maintaining the highest standards of ethical practice, personal behavior and professional integrity of certified persons.

The guidelines expressed in the code are not to be considered all-inclusive of situations that could evolve under a specific principle, nor is the failure to specify any particular responsibility or practice a denial of the existence of such responsibilities or practices. The guidelines are specific statements of minimally acceptable conduct or of prohibitions applicable to all certified persons.

In recognition of the responsibility inherent in the delivery of services provided by equine-assisted activities and therapies, PATH Intl. asks all certified persons to subscribe to the following to the extent permitted by law:

Principle 1

The certified person respects the rights, dignity and well-being of all individuals (human and equine) and promotes well-being for all involved.

Guidelines:
1.1 The certified person shall be responsive to, and mutually supportive of, the individuals served, including families, colleagues and associates.

1.2 The certified person shall respect the unique nature of each individual and shall be tolerant of, and responsive to, differences. The certified person shall not discriminate based on age, gender, race, nationality, religion, ethnicity, social or economic status, sexual orientation, health condition or disability.

1.3 The certified person shall follow equal employment opportunity practices in hiring, assigning, promoting, discharging and compensating staff.

1.4 The certified person shall maintain in professional confidence participant, volunteer and staff information, observations or evaluations and shall adhere to all legal requirements.

1.5 The certified person, in community settings, shall use caution in forming dual or multiple relationships with participants or former participants where there is a risk of a conflict of interest. The certified person, in clinical treatment settings, shall avoid dual relationships when possible. In situations where dual relationships are unavoidable, the certified person shall be responsible for setting clear, appropriate and sensitive boundaries.

1.6 The certified person will understand the sensitive nature of physical touch and use it with caution.

Principle 2

The certified person accepts responsibility for the exercise of sound judgment and professional competence.

Guidelines:
2.1 The certified person shall accurately represent his/her level of expertise, experience, education and actual practice and provide service only to those individuals he/she can competently serve.

2.2 The certified person shall engage in sound business, employment and administrative practices.

2.3 The certified person shall maintain certification by complying with all recertification requirements.

2.4 The certified person shall recognize and take appropriate action to remedy personal problems and limitations that might cause harm to recipients of service, colleagues or others.

2.5 The certified person shall demonstrate objectivity and fairness by interacting with individuals in an impartial manner.

2.6 The certified person shall accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgment when interacting with individuals and animals.

2.7 The certified person shall demonstrate openness to, and respect for, other colleagues and professionals.

Principle 3

The certified person shall respect the integrity and well-being of program equines and animals whether owned, leased or borrowed.

Guidelines:
3.1 The certified person shall recognize and respect the individual character, nature and physical attributes of each program equine.

3.2 The certified person shall encourage safe and respectful human and equine interactions, placing equines in activities suited to their temperament and physical ability.

3.3 The certified person shall support the highest standard of care, maintenance and selection for each program equine, understanding and responding to the equine's need for socialization, play, turnout, time off and retirement.

3.4 When equines are borrowed or leased, the same high standards of equine respect, care and maintenance shall apply.

3.5 The certified person shall cultivate a barn and practice environment that supports personal and professional development and provides a safe environment for persons and equines.

Principle 4

The certified person shall be truthful and fair in representing him- or herself and others.

Guidelines:
4.1 The certified person shall be responsible for providing each participant with accurate information regarding programs, services, professional training and credentials, as well as possible benefits, outcomes, expected activities, risks and limitations of the service or program.

4.2 The certified person shall use the certification logo and certification marks only in an authorized and approved manner. 

Principle 5

The certified person shall seek to expand his/her knowledge base related to the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies.

Guidelines:
5.1 The certified person shall maintain the competence requirement by meeting certification renewal requirements (recertification).

Principle 6

The certified person shall honor all financial commitments to participants, personnel, vendors, donors, the certification entity and others.

Guidelines:
6.1 The certified person shall negotiate and clarify the fee structure and payment policy prior to the initiation of service, and charge in a responsible and reasonable manner.

6.2 The certified person shall not misrepresent in any fashion services rendered or products dispensed.

6.3 Certified persons shall remain in good standing with the annual compliance process for certification.

Principle 7

The certified person shall abide by all applicable PATH Intl. standards and guidelines and all state, local and federal laws.

Principle 8

The certified person shall protect participants, equines, the public and the profession from unethical, incompetent or illegal practice.

Guidelines:
8.1 The certified person accepts the responsibility to report suspect violations of the code of ethics to the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council.

 

I have read, fully understand and will uphold the PATH Intl. Certified Professional Code of Ethics at all times. Furthermore, I understand that failure to abide by the code of ethics could result in disciplinary proceedings.

BY CHECKING THE BOX BELOW, I ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT I HAVE READ THIS CODE OF ETHICS AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS.  I SIGN IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.

Agree:   

Printed Name                                                                                               

Certification ID #                              

Signature                                                                                Date                                       

 

Click here for the pdf 

Download, fill out and return the last page.

 

 

Approved by PATH Intl. Board of Trustees October 21, 2010
Edited name change to PATH Intl. July 2011
Revisions by the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council November 11, 2017

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The PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) is a voluntary, entry-level credential for individuals in the equine-assisted services (EAS) profession who provide riding instruction and therapeutic value to people with disabilities. This may include mounted or unmounted work ethically partnering with an equine. PATH Intl. CTRIs have met established criteria and standards of practice in the field. They have demonstrated their knowledge of disabilities, equines, teaching and human-animal interactions. See the full job description here.

This certification program has been designed to meet the rigorous accreditation standards of the National Council of Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more about why NCCA accreditation matters for PATH Intl. Certified Professionals here and read about the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council’s development and implementation of this certification program here.

How Do I Get Started?

Roadmap
Review the CTRI Candidate Handbook (New as of October 2021!)
View the CTRI Application Paperwork Tutorial (video)
PATH Intl. Certified Professional Code of Ethics

Upcoming PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam Administration Windows:

December 4-12, 2021: Accepting applications through September 12, 2021

February 19-26, 2022: Accepting applications through November 26, 2021

June 4-11, 2022: Accepting applications through March 11, 2022

September 10-17, 2022: Accepting applications through June 17, 2022

December 10-17, 2022: Accepting applications through September 17, 2022

Want to Apply?

Pay the application fee
CTRI Application Purchase and Submission Tutorial - (video)
CTRI Application Paperwork

Upon payment of the application fee, you will receive instructions for submitting your application via email or online upload. Please allow 60 days for review of your application and confirmation of whether to not it has been accepted. 

Candidates whose applications are approved will receive an Authorization to Test letter following payment for the certification exam fee. Please refer to the estimate costs listed above to confirm the relevant fee.The Authorization to Test letter will provide the identification numbers required and instructions for registering for the certification exam.  

Estimated costs to apply*

Professional Plus Member
Professional Member
Participating Member
Higher Ed Student Member
Non-member
*Membership is NOT required to apply

Additional Resources for Applicants
Glossary of Terms
Part III Video Preparation and Self-Assessment Activity (PDF)
Sample Video for Part III
Allowances for Supervision of Experience Hours (PDF)
PATH Intl. CTRI Application Paperwork Tutorial (Video)
CTRI Application Purchase and Submission Tutorial (Video)
Purchase the PATH Intl. Standards Course and Exam

Taking the Certification Exam

The PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam is administered as a proctored, computer-based test delivered at approved testing centers. PATH Intl. has chosen the PearsonVUE testing center network to deliver the CTRI certification exam.

- Candidates must complete payment for the certification exam fee (refer to estimated costs provided above) to receive an Authorization to Test letter. Once in possession of an Authorization to Test letter, candidates must register directly with PearsonVUE to schedule an appointment to take the exam at the testing center of their choice. 

- Get an idea of what the 85 multiple-choice question computer based certification exam will look like by going to this demo.

- Visit the PATH Intl. certification exam webpage and click “Find a test center”  in the right-hand menu to search for centers nearest you.

- Wondering what to expect at a Pearson VUE testing center? View a general video tutorial here and review Pearson VUE testing policies here.

 Review PearsonVUE’s COVID-19 Update Page to learn how testing experiences may be impacted during the pandemic

Already a CTRI? 

- Credential Maintenance Form (hard copy submission)

- Credential Maintenance Form (online submission)


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I am a PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor interested in helping supervise an instructor candidate’s practice teaching hours--where should I start?

Supervising an instructor candidate’s practice teaching hours is more than just a signature. If you are a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor helping a candidate through the riding instructor certification program and are unsure where to start to offer quality guidance, review these helpful hints to assist you in offering effective candidate support.

-Be current with your own Membership and Certification. A certified riding instructor is only eligible to supervise practice teaching hours if they are current and compliant with their own membership and certification. Phase I paperwork and practice teaching hours that are signed off by an expired or non-compliant instructor member will not be accepted. The candidate has the ability to confirm a certified professional’s status by calling the PATH Intl. office if the professional is unable to produce a current instructor member card.
 
-Be sure that you are familiar with how to locate the current instructor application resources online and have thoroughly reviewed the material. The certification material is routinely revised with additional resources regarding certification expectations and assessment made available. It is important that a supervising instructor be familiar with the current application process, including requirements, timelines and policies and procedures to best support new candidates. Outdated forms will not be accepted and have the potential to delay a candidate’s application material.
 
-Consider retaking the online courses required for the certification program. The Instructor Self-Study Course and Certification & Accreditation Training (CAT) Course are revised regularly. Retaking the courses will allow you to be familiar with the current material provided to instructor candidates and can be counted towards an instructor member’s continuing education hours.

-Consider attending a PATH Intl. Mentor Training Workshop. Quality mentorship is instrumental to the success of an instructor candidate seeking certification. Having a thorough understanding of the certification program’s requirements, an unbiased ability to evaluate a candidate’s skillset, ability to communicate effectively and an eagerness to adequately and honestly prepare an instructor candidate for each phase of the process is imperative. The PATH Intl. Mentor Training Workshop allows certified professionals to reflect on current practices and develop new, engaging mentor strategies to promote candidate success. Attending the workshop will help certified professionals better support a program’s instructor candidates and also offer an opportunity to gain over 10 hours of continuing education. Upcoming Mentor Trainings can be found on the Events Calendar.

An accommodation is an adjustment or an adaptation of a component or components of the Registered Instructor certification process in order to meet the special needs of a candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be granted to qualified individuals with known disabilities, unless doing so would result in a fundamental change to the certification criteria, create an undue hardship or cause a direct threat to health or safety.  

Requests for an accommodation to any part of the process must be made in writing by the candidate and submitted to the PATH Intl. office with the initial application form and/or no less than 60 days prior to the OSWC. All requests for accommodation must be accompanied by a letter from a physician (with letterhead and physician’s handwritten signature) verifying the diagnosis and defining the candidate's limitations to help PATH Intl. determine appropriate, reasonable accommodations.  

Accommodation requests will be reviewed by the PATH Intl. on an individual basis to determine appropriate, reasonable accommodations. Candidates will be notified of the decision within 60 days of submitting their accommodation request.

For more information, please contact the PATH Intl. office.

PATH Intl. Online Exam Accommodations

Reasonable Accommodations Policies and Procedures Booklet with Request Forms

NOTE: Certification program booklets are updated annually, effective January 1 of each year. It is the responsibility of the instructor candidate to ensure they have downloaded all current information about the certification processes, policies and procedures for the year in which they intended to complete certification.

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Interactive Vaulting Instructor

 

Application Booklet

Certification Booklet

Accommodations

Instructor Criteria

Policies and Procedures

Glossary

Code of Ethics

Annual Instructor Compliance - Online

Annual Instructor Compliance - Print

 

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NOTE: Certification program booklets are updated annually, effective January 1 of each year. It is the responsibility of the instructor candidate to ensure they have downloaded all current information about the certification processes, policies and procedures for the year in which they intended to complete certification. 

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Therapeutic Driving Instructor

 

Driving Level I Candidate Handbook

Accommodations

Driving Level I Instructor Certification Criteria

Driving Level II Instructor Certification Criteria

Driving Resources

Policies and Procedures

Glossary

Code of Ethics

Annual Instructor Compliance - Print

Annual Instructor Compliance - Online

 

Although the following two videos are not from PATH Intl. Member Centers, the PATH Intl. Driving Subcommittee has found they contain valuable information.

 

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NOTE: Certification program booklets are updated annually, effective January 1 of each year. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure they have downloaded all current information about the certification processes, policies and procedures for the year in which they intended to complete certification.

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Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

 

ESMHL Certification Candidate Handbook

Accommodations

Instructor Criteria

Policies and Procedures

Glossary

Code of Ethics

Annual Instructor Compliance - Online

Annual Instructor Compliance - Print

 

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NOTE: Certification program booklets are updated annually, effective January 1 of each year. It is the responsibility of the instructor candidate to ensure they have downloaded all current information about the certification processes, policies and procedures for the year in which they intended to complete certification.

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REGISTERED

 

AS OF JULY 1, 2021: APPLICATIONS ARE NOW PERMANANTLY CLOSED FOR THE PATH INTL. REGISTERED THERAPEUTIC RIDING INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM.

For entry level therapeutic riding instructor certification, please refer to the PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI®) certification programThis certification program has been designed to meet the rigorous accreditation standards of the National Council of Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more about why NCCA accreditation matters for PATH Intl. Certified Professionals here.

The PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor designation will be officially retired as of December 31, 2021. All current RTRIs must complete transition to the new PATH Intl. CTRI credential by following the steps described here.

Registered Certification Candidate Handbook - APPLICATIONS PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Instructor Criteria

Policies and Procedures

UPDATED 2020 Registered Phase-II Video Submission Packet - APPLICATIONS PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Click on the links below to learn more about the individual PATH Intl. certification programs.

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Soon to be accredited by the National Council of Certifying Agencies!

  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • Ready to renew your existing PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification to establish the new PATH Intl. CTRI credential? The PATH Intl. CTRI Credential Transition form is described here
  • Certification maintenance form is located here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your certification maintenance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • The online Annual Compliance Form is located here. To download a print copy, click here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your compliance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • The online Annual Compliance Form is located here. To download a print copy, click here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your compliance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Equine Specialist in
Mental Health and Learning

  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • The online Annual Compliance Form is located here. To download a print copy, click here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your compliance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Therapeutic Driving Instructor

  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • The online Annual Compliance Form is located here. To download a print copy, click here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your compliance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Interactive Vaulting Instructor

  • Certified Instructor Membership Renewal Information
  • The online Annual Compliance Form is located here. To download a print copy, click here.
  • Refer to the CEU Guidelines page for more information on acceptable CEU activities.
  • Questions or are you ready to submit your compliance form? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Learn more about certification:

Lesson Tracking Tool for Certified Professionals
General Group Guidelines

IT Group Info

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PATH Intl. 2016 Certification Events Summary

Therapeutic Riding:

 

Work-
shop Only Attendees

Work-
shop Total

Cert. Only Attendees*

Work-
shop & Cert. Attendees*

Met Criteria

Did Not Meet Criteria

Did Not Meet Criteria Riding

Did Not Meet Criteria Instruc-
tion

Did Not Meet Criteria Both

Did Not Meet Criteria Cert. Only 

With-
drew From Certification

Registered

246

752

122

506

346

154

76

46

32

41

11

Percentage

        69.2 30.8  49.3 29.9 20.8 33.6  
                       

Advanced

25

9

16

         

Percentage

        36.0 64.0
         
                       

Master

       

NA

NA

         

Percentage

               

 

* May include candidates who withdrew and are not counted in Met Criteria/Did Not Meet Criteria numbers

 

Click here for a complete list of 2016 certification results for all specialties.

Click here for a complete list of 2015 certification results for all specialties.

Click here for a complete list of 2014 certification results for all specialties.

PATH Intl. Master Instructors have a strong background in horsemanship, teaching and a thorough knowledge of a variety of physical, cognitive, intellectual and emotional disabilities and their relationship to therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies. They have the ability to step into any instruction situation in the field of equine-assisted activities and take charge effectively, with the support of the operating center. They are also capable of training other therapeutic riding instructors to the Advanced level. The PATH Intl. Master Instructor Certification is the highest certification level an instructor can achieve through PATH Intl. This program is designed for those instructors with career involvement in therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapies. PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructors are looked upon as role models in the industry. PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructors embody the spirit of PATH Intl. while promoting the dignity of the entire therapeutic horsemanship team.

We wish to pay tribute to our elite group of PATH Intl. Master Instructors and
recognize the high level of dedication and knowledge they contribute to the EAAT industry.

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How Do I Find a PATH Intl. Mentor?

Log in to the PATH Intl. website using your email address and password you set up when you first became a member, or refer to your new member packet for information on logging in to our website. Once logged in you can visit the membership directory and search for all PATH Intl. Instructors in your area. You can also search for all PATH Intl. Instructors who have attended the mentor training course by choosing “mentor” from the drop down menu. Any certified PATH Intl. Instructor in good standing can mentor you through your 25 hours of mounted teaching, but you may choose to pick someone who has also attended the mentor training course (a workshop hosted by PATH Intl. to help mentors better mentor instructors in training). PATH Intl. highly recommends choosing a mentor that has attended this training or is very familiar with mentoring candidates; your mentor can be a huge part in your successful certification. Every mentor should be very familiar with all policies outlined in the registered instructor booklet.

PATH Intl. highly recommends calling the PATH Intl. office to confirm your mentor’s status. If you mentor under an expired instructor, your hours will not count. It is your responsibility to confirm the status of the mentor you choose.

Visit the PATH Intl. Find a Mentor page

Picking a Mentor

Every candidate is going to have different needs, therefore PATH Intl. highly recommends you speak with a couple different mentors to try and find the one that will best suit your style and needs. It is always best to set the expectations up front with your mentor and determine compensation with them (whether this is monetary or not). The PATH Intl. Riding Certification Subcommittee wants to stress the importance of finding an experienced mentor, this is your professional certification you are working to achieve. Your career and or passion and dream, finding someone that supports you and is helping you improve on your skills is very important. Focus on picking someone who is invested in helping you succeed and improve, someone that will intently watch your lessons and give you constructive feedback that can help you succeed, and someone who is very familiar with the instructor criteria that you must show when you are tested.

Your mentor can also help you with your riding ability, but PATH Intl. recommends taking personal riding lessons if you feel your riding ability needs improvement for the certification testing. While the riding test is a simple walk, trot, canter pattern and while some candidates feel prepared for this test, PATH Intl. highly recommends reviewing the riding criteria with your mentor and ensure that you practice the pattern with your mentor as this will help you at certification. This is a professional certification that is nationwide and was designed to test a variety of different candidates, so be sure you take your time to practice both your teaching and riding skills with your mentor. If you were going to a show to win a title you would spend the time to tune your skills, the same is needed for a certification testing. It is not recommended to rush through this process and assume you are ready to test, be thorough with your mentor in preparing. It is very important to find a mentor that understands this and is not there to just help you get your 25 hours down on paper. The pass rate is much higher with candidates who take their time and find a mentor that best suits them.

After a brief warm-up, execute the following pattern to demonstrate your riding skills including: correct position, consistent straightness of horse, effective use of all aids, and appropriate light contact at all gaits. Memorization of the pattern is not necessary—you may choose to have the pattern called to you and you will not be penalized for going off course, but may be asked to repeat any missed segments. All riders must wear an appropriately fitted ASTM/SEI approved helmet. All riders, no matter the discipline, must post on the correct diagonal.

Riding Pattern

riding-patterns

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in becoming a certified instructor. How do I begin?
How do I sign up for the online courses?
What if I don’t have a computer? How can I complete the two online courses?
How long will the online courses take to complete?
I am not yet certified in Adult/Child CPR and First Aid. Do I have to wait to submit my application to PATH Intl.?
Does the certification process need to be completed in a particular order?
What if I have already completed an On-Site Workshop?
How can I get the 25 hours of practice group mounted teaching?
What is the cost for the entire certification process?
Where do I find an On-Site Workshop and Certification to attend?
Where do I find a PATH Intl. Mentor?

I am interested in becoming a certified instructor. How do I begin?
Given that there are three methods of completing certification, the method that you choose will determine how you should begin. Two of the methods are detailed in the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Booklet.

If you want to attend a PATH Intl. Approved Training Course, you will need to go to the PATH Intl. website for a list of dates and locations for Approved Training courses. Once you have found one that interests you, you will need to contact that center for details regarding their course.  Visit the Approved Training Course page for more information.

If you cannot attend an Approved Training course, then you will need to proceed with the second method of certification, which involves a multi-step process of educational components. This process is described in detail in the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Booklet.

Click here for more information on attending a PATH Intl. Higher Education Member college or university.

How do I sign up for the online courses?
First, you will want to submit your Instructor application to PATH Intl. with the $87 application fee and your PATH Intl. membership of $65. The $87 application fee covers the cost of the online courses. Once your application is processed, you will be registered for both courses. You will receive emails with course and password information from coursewebs and the PATH Intl. office. These will give you immediate access to the two courses. Please begin using the new personal member number and passwords once you have received them. Also, keep in mind that each course has a deadline; this is detailed in the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Booklet.

What if I don’t have a computer?How can I complete the two online courses?
For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, the Center Accreditation Training course (CAT) is offered at all regional and national PATH Intl. conferences. The courses will need to be completed online, PATH Intl. does not offer paper exams anymore; therefore you will need to find a computer locally to complete the courses. You can print the course/exam when you login to the courses so you may take the exams on paper and then go back and submit your answers when you are ready.

How long will the online courses take to complete?
The amount of time for completion of each online course is dependent on your knowledge and experience. Obviously, the more you know about PATH Intl.’s Standards and Accreditation process the quicker you will be able to proceed through the CAT course. The same is true of the Instructor Self-Study course. However, because this is a self-study, it is designed to be completed at your own pace. Therefore, you are encouraged to take as much time on each exercise as you wish within the deadline of the online course registration. The CAT course/exam must be completed within 60 days of being registered. The Instructor Self Study must be completed within 180 days of being registered. You are registered for each course when we process your Instructor Application.

If the time expires for either course or if you need to retake an exam to get a successful score, you will need to purchase the course and/or the retake exam again. The CAT course/exam is $10 and the Instructor Self-Study Course/Exam is $25. These courses and/or retake exams can be purchased in the online store or by calling the PATH Intl. office and paying over the phone with a credit card. Those participating in one of the six PATH Intl. Approved Training Courses do not need to pay for retakes or purchase the courses originally; registration is done through the ATC.

I am not yet certified in Adult/Child CPR and First Aid. Do I have to wait to submit my application to PATH Intl.?
No, feel free to send in your application without copies of your Adult and Child CPR and First Aid cards. In fact, you can submit your First Aid and Adult and Child CPR cards at anytime during Phase I of the booklet certification process. However, PATH Intl. will need to have copies of your cards before your Phase I is complete and your Instructor-In-Training letter can be issued.

Does the certification process need to be completed in a particular order?
The first thing to do is to become a PATH Intl. Member. While this is not required, there are many benefits to being a member, including discounts. Click to become a member of PATH Intl..

The next step depends on the method you choose to become certified. If you attend a PATH Intl. Approved Training Course you will need to contact the host site and ask them the process in which they complete things.

If you choose the booklet method, the process is outlined in the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Booklet.

The process was designed with the intention that each step would help to prepare the candidate for successful completion of the next consecutive step. The process is broken down into two phases.

What if I have already completed an On-Site Workshop?
When considering the workshop and certification in Phase II, it is important to keep in mind that there is an On-Site Workshop and an On-Site Certification. Although, they are usually associated with one another and completed on the same week or weekend, they are two separate steps. Therefore, if you have previously completed an On-Site Workshop, you will have satisfied that step of your certification process. However, the On-Site Workshops are only good for two years. If it has been more than two years since you completed the workshop when you attend an On-Site Certification, you will need to redo that step.

How can I get the 25 hours of practice group mounted teaching?
Candidates are encouraged to volunteer at a PATH Intl. center to learn how to teach riding to individuals with disabilities from experienced instructors. It is difficult to become a therapeutic riding instructor without some hands-on experience under the guidance from someone who knows how to do it correctly. Some PATH Intl. centers offer Instructor training courses which can give candidates opportunities to accumulate hours under expert guidance.

For candidates who are unable to learn directly at another PATH Intl. center – practice teaching may take place elsewhere. However, all candidates should have a PATH Intl. certified instructor as a mentor.

Be creative in your quest for accumulating hours. This is your opportunity to open up lines of communication between yourself and other instructors. You should use this time to gain knowledge and experience about what works and what doesn’t work in the field of instructing therapeutic riding. Remember most people do have to dedicate a large amount of time in accumulating these hours, many of which involve traveling to centers, this is meant to be a time of learning and growth, the hours should not be rushed.

What is the cost for the entire certification process?

PATH Intl. Individual membership $65

Certification Application fee    $87

On-Site Workshop and On-Site Certification  $400-$800

There are also four books recommended as reference materials. Your total cost for these books can vary greatly depending on whether or not you have, can borrow, or need to purchase any or all of these references. Also, as a PATH Intl. member, you have the option of downloading the Standards and Accreditation Manual off of the website for free.

Where do I find an On-Site Workshop and Certification to attend?
There is a list of all the Registered On-Site Workshop and Certifications listed on the PATH Intl. Calendar. You will want to look for events labeled Registered OSWC on the calendar. Please contact the host site directly to register. Please keep in mind all requirements for Phase I should be completed 30 days prior to attending an On-Site Workshop and Certification.

Where do I find a PATH Intl. Mentor?
Click here to find a list of PATH Intl. Mentors.

Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification
PATH Intl.  has provided the following FAQs to help clarify questions people may have about the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Certification. Visit the ESMHL page to download a copy of the ESMHL certification booklet and complete details on the requirements of the ESMHL certification. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. or call (800) 369-RIDE (7433) with any additional questions you may have regarding the Equine Specialist for Mental Health and Learning certification or the workshop.

Who should take the Equine Specialist for Mental Health and Learning workshop?
How do I get this certification?
What is the practical skills test?
How do I sign up for a workshop and practical skills test?
How do I locate a workshop and pratical skills test?
What does this certification certify me to do?
Will the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification be required for all existing PATH Intl. programs that offer EFP and EAL sessions?
What about EAL?
I have already attended an ES workshop in the past. Do I need to retake it?
Why should I attend the ESMHL workshop?
How do I get my 60 hours of experience in mental health or learning?
How do I get my 20 hours of experience in equine management?
I am a certified vaulting instructor performing EFL. Do I need to gain this certification to continue my interactive vaulting lessons?

1. Who should take the Equine Specialist for Mental Health and Learning workshop?

Anyone interested in learning more about equine-assisted learning (EAL) or equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP). This workshop is aimed at teaching equine behavioral and management skills as they relate to EAL and EFP as well as collaboration skills with the mental health or learning professional. It will touch on how to develop curricula that support treatment plans, volunteer management, equine interaction, your role as an ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) and much more! While the focus in this workshop is on the equine specialist, we encourage any mental health professional or learning professional to attend, as this workshop is very educational and will help you to work better with your equine specialist partner. If you are currently performing EAL or EFP, this workshop would benefit you and your program; it will give you new ideas, best practices scenarios, tips for volunteer management, who to accept into your program, and of course how to best focus on proper horse handling and the physical/emotional care of the equine during all EFP and EAL sessions. The workshop is a requirement of the certification, so if you wish to become certified as an ESMHL you need to attend this workshop as it will only benefit you!

2. How do I get this certification?

Step 1: Attend a workshop and skills test. The prerequisite to attending a workshop and skills test is to be a current PATH Intl. individual member; there are not any preparatory items to complete. If you plan to complete the skills test after the workshop, horsemanship skills are necessary. It is beneficial to have horsemanship skills and experience when attending the workshop but it is not required.

Step 2: Review the portfolio requirements on page 5 of the ESMHL certification booklet, and when you are ready, mail your completed portfolio to the PATH Intl. office with a $95 fee.

Step 3: The PATH Intl. office will review your portfolio and within 30-45 business days will sign you up to take the PATH Intl. Online Standards exam and ESMHL exam. Upon completion of the exams and confirmation from the PATH Intl. office, your certification will be complete.

What is the practical skills test?

The skills test is held on day four following the ESMHL workshop. The un-mounted skills test is meant to test your horse handling ability/ground skills as well as how you relate to horses. This test is required for certification and can be taken at any point; the only prerequisite is to be a PATH Intl. member. Please see all details in the ESMHL certification booklet including the skills test criteria. The skills test is good for one year from the time of completion.

How do I sign up for a workshop and practical skills test?

Contact the hosting center for registration fees, and deadlines, and to obtain an application.  Pay the center directly to attend the workshop and skills test.

How do I locate a workshop and practical skills test?

All events are advertised in the PATH Intl. eNews and on the PATH Intl. events calendar on the web site. The events are listed in green and are titled ESMHL workshop and skills test.

What does this certification certify me to do?

This certification is meant to certify an individual as the equine specialist (horse handler, horse expert) in any un-mounted mental health or learning session. With this certification you can meet PATH Intl. standards, start up a PATH Intl. EAL or EFP program and PATH Intl. center and offer un-mounted activities with your participants.

Will the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification be required in the future for all existing PATH Intl. programs that offer EFP and EFL sessions?

Yes, for EFP programs only. The equine specialist will be required to be present during all un-mounted EFP sessions. If a PATH Intl. center conducts mounted EFP sessions, the ESMHL must be present and directly supervised by a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor (unless the ESMHL is dually certified as a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor). Please see the updated PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual release, specifically the “Medical/Mental Health Standards” in the “Service Standards” section and the “Guidelines for Providing EFP” in the “Guidelines” section.

What about EAL?

In the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual, members can find EAL guidelines and definitions in the “Guidelines” section. PATH Intl. has not yet developed EAL standards; therefore, PATH Intl. centers can continue to run an EAL program without having a PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Your EAL programs will need to continue to be supervised by a PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor to meet standards if you choose not to employ an ESMHL. It is highly recommended to have a PATH Intl. Certified ESMHL for all EAL sessions, but it is not yet required.

However, if a center wishes to start an un-mounted EAL program, it is recommended that a PATH Intl. Certified ESMHL be employed.  In the future when EAL standards are developed, the ESMHL certification may be a requirement for EAL programs.

For more information, visit  https://www.pathintl.org/60-resources/efpl/1029-equine-assisted-learning

I have already attended an ES workshop in the past, do I need to retake it?

No. Your workshop will count toward certification. If you would like to retake it, you may do so. The fee is up to the host site and is not set by the PATH Intl. office. You can request to audit the workshop for a discounted fee. Auditing is only an option if you have already taken the workshop once.  The workshop is good for two years from the date you took it.

Why should I attend the ESMHL workshop?

The PATH Intl. office highly recommends anyone who would like to offer EAL and EFP to attend this workshop. The feedback received after individuals attend this workshop is very positive. Many appreciate the information given in the workshop and find that it provides so much assistance in creating or improving their own EFP or EAL programs. Most participants come home wondering why there are so many individuals performing EAL and EFP without taking the workshop. This workshop will only create more understanding and professionalism within PATH Intl. and the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry.

How do I get my 60 hours of experience in mental health or learning?

You can locate PATH Intl. centers that offer EAL and EFP sessions using our Find a Center link on the web site. It would be wonderful to gain all 60 hours in an EAL or EFP session. For the 60 hours there are two options.  With option 1 all the hours can be performed in a PATH Intl. EAL or EFP program, under a PATH Intl. Certified  Instructor or at a PATH Intl. center. Option 2 includes 30 hours in a PATH Intl. program offering equine-assisted activities (therapeutic riding, driving, vaulting, etc.) and 30 hours in the mental health and learning field in your community, such as a group home or special needs learning school, etc.

The hours are active hours, just like continuing education hours. This means only the hours you are volunteering/participating in a session, school or group home count. The hours you may need to prepare, do lesson plans, prepare horses, read about students, etc., do not count toward this requirement.  Your hours can be performed at any time and do not expire.

How do I get my 20 hours of experience in equine management?

Topics could include classes on equine first aid, equine anatomy, equine conformation, equine gait  and lameness, equine nutrition, hoof care, herd dynamics, biosecurity or lungeing to name a few. These hours could come from PATH Intl. regional or international events, EPONA, EAGALA, AIA, natural horsemanship clinics, 4-H, Pony Club, colleges, for example, with no more than 10 hours at one event or training. Hours can be started at any time, do not expire and can be counted from anytime in your career.

12. I am a certified vaulting instructor performing EAL. Do I need to gain this certification to continue my interactive vaulting lessons?

No. At this time PATH Intl. does not require anyone to have this certification to participate in EAL, only if you participate in EFP. Please see the EAL guidelines in the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation  manual and offer any feedback you may have to the PATH Intl. office.

Riding Discipline Bias?
Not in PATH Intl.'s Riding Certification Test

Whoa or Ho: Trot or Jog,: Lope or Canter?  Hmmmmm.....

Most horses understand these voice commands as well as the rider's natural aids needed to perform them, no matter what they're called. Horses show no bias when it comes to doing their job.

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Riding Certification Subcommittee stresses that the PATH Intl. certification program and testing also shows no bias. The subcommittee has gathered feedback from certification candidates and recognizes some clarification of the certification process, especially the riding component, may be helpful.

A therapeutic horseback riding instructor needs to know and demonstrate bending, straightness of lines, control of the horse, along with correct posture and balance, body alignment, posting with the motion of the horse, canter leads, and the like. When teaching riders for whom balance is a primary goal, an understanding of these principles is critical. Additionally, these riding skills allow PATH Intl. instructors to evaluate a prospective therapy horse for a program and to appropriately match equines and participants. In order to teach riding and evaluate equines, PATH Intl.'s Riding Certification Subcommittee has defined the criteria that objectively demonstrate these important skills.  

Some riding disciplines may spend more time working on these basic principles than others, but the basics are appropriate for all disciplines. After years of riding, no matter the discipline, candidates can benefit from reviewing these basics. It's a good idea to look over the PATH Intl. riding certification criteria for the riding demonstration as you evaluate your riding skills, practice the pattern and review arena skills. Even confident and seasoned riders can benefit from studying the criteria and reaching back to those basic principles as they prepare for PATH Intl.'s certification test. The certification environment is often less relaxed than one's home environment, and arriving at the certification test knowledgeable about and fully prepared to meet all criteria ensures a greater level of confidence.

It is the evaluator's job to watch each candidate without bias. Whether an English or Western rider, beginner or advanced rider, the riding criteria is what is being tested, not the type of saddle, equipment or personal choice of discipline. The question PATH Intl.'s evaluators answer is:  Has the rider demonstrated knowledge of the skills necessary to benefit riders with disabilities as outlined in the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor criteria. If yes, the candidate will pass the riding portion of the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor certification test.

5Interactive vaulting, like carriage driving, is a fast-growing equestrian sport for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. Often equated to gymnastics on horseback, vaulting uses a surcingle to allow riders to perform seven standard movements (called compulsories of vaulting positions) and many freestyle movements on the back of a horse on a lunge line. The therapeutic value of vaulting is immense, as it promotes strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through the physical moves; as well as confidence, trust, patience and critical thinking as participants must learn routines and develop the skills necessary to perform these on a moving horse. Traditionally, all three gaits are used, though the intensity of the speed and movements can be easily adjusted for therapeutic programs.

6If you are interested in utilizing this exciting and unique discipline in your program and would like to become a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Certified Vaulting Instructor, you may read the certification booklet below and attend a PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Workshop to learn all the necessary skills and precautions. After participating in the PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Workshop and practicing the skills taught, you may be ready for certification. You can sign up to attend a vaulting certification, which is conducted at a host site, once you have completed all the following prerequisites:

  • Attend PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Workshop within a two-year time frame
  • Completion and documentation of 30 lungeing hours and 20 Interactive Vaulting Teaching hours
  • Current certification as a PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor
  • 21 years of age
  • Application materials complete with fee paid

Once you have met these requirements, the Interactive Vaulting Certification process will consist of the following components:

  1. Lungeing test - Candidates will have 20 minutes to show their ability to warm up, work the horse in both directions in side reins at all three gaits, and cool down. Immediately following the practical component, candidates will be asked to evaluate their horse and their lungeing performance. As safe and correct lungeing is the basis for interactive vaulting, candidates who do not pass this portion will not be permitted to continue testing.
  2. Vaulting positions on the vaulting barrel - Candidates will have 15 minutes to teach the vaulting position movements to an uneducated vaulter, with an emphasis on safety and empathy for the horse. The candidates will then perform the vaulting position movements themselves on the barrel.
  3. Interactive vaulting lesson - Candidates will have 20 minutes to teach a lesson to three vaulters. All three gaits should be shown and use of the barrel is required. Focus should be on safety, consideration for the horse, teaching new skills and fostering interaction within the group. Candidates will receive profiles on the vaulters and the horse the evening before they are scheduled to teach. A lesson plan should be provided to the evaluators.

8At the conclusion of the certification each candidate will be notified of results and given written and oral feedback from the evaluators in a one-on-one setting.

***Please refer to the PATH Intl. interactive vaulting specialty standards in a current version of the PATH Intl. Standards and Accreditation Manual. These very detailed standards address some of the most important safety concerns for interactive vaulting. In addition, they contain information about what is needed to start interactive vaulting program.

*PATH Intl. acknowledges that both spellings "lungeing" and "longeing" are correct and used in the literature when discussing use of the horse on a circle. PATH Intl. uses the spelling "lungeing" in all documents.

Forms

One of the most effective and comprehensive ways to prepare for Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) therapeutic riding instructor certification is through attending a PATH Intl. Approved Training Course (ATC). These carefully screened training sites have developed an extended, intensive curriculum reviewed by PATH Intl. for content and relevance. Each ATC combines lecture series and hands-on application of concepts to provide a thorough foundation of competency in therapeutic riding instruction. ATCs are an effective method to prepare for both PATH Intl. Registered and Advanced therapeutic riding instructor certification.

 

NOTE: While many PATH Intl. centers offer instructor training courses, only those listed below are identified as Approved Training Courses. In some cases, training courses are offered through colleges or universities and may take several months or even years to complete. Others are offered at PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers and may last a few weeks to several months. Instructors interested in an Approved Training Course may contact the Approved Training Course directly to obtain information on course fees, schedules and entrance requirements.

Equest
811 Pemberton Hill Road
Building #4
Dallas, Texas 75217
(972) 412-1099
www.equest.org

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
36 Town Woods Rd
Old Lyme, CT 06371-1142
(860) 434-1974
www.highhopestr.org

St. Andrews University "Ride Like a Knight"
9167 Hast Rd
Laurinburg, NC 28352
(910) 277-7363
www.sa.edu

Therapeutic Riding at Centenary
400 Jefferson St
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 813-1984
www.centenaryuniversity.edu

 

horse-carriageCarriage driving is a fast-growing sport and is becoming increasingly recognized for its therapeutic value.  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Centers can use driving as a means to offer students with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities the rewards of interacting with a horse or pony while driving from a carriage – either in the carriage seat or in their own wheelchair, using a carriage specially modified to accommodate wheelchairs. Using a horse and carriage gives participants an alternative to riding, opening up the world of horses to those who may be unable to ride due to weight, balance, physical limitations, fear of heights or other issues.  

Therapeutic Driving offers a unique set of skills and benefits, by providing the student with a distinct range of movements and a vast set of motor-sensory experiences. Therapeutic Driving is about imparting knowledge of safety, horses, harnessing and driving skills to children and adults using teamwork. It takes 3-5 volunteers to make one driving turn out!  In addition to therapeutic lessons, drivers with a disability who are interested in competing are welcome at traditional carriage driving competitions, such as pleasure driving and combined driving events, where they compete on an equal footing with able-bodied competitors. As with riding, there are precautions to driving.

How to become a PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor

horse-womenTo obtain a PATH Intl. Driving Certification, candidates must complete a driving workshop and pass the PATH Intl. On-Site Driving Certification. Workshops are offered in two different formats: demonstration only and hands-on.  Information on each format can be found in the workshop booklet.  Driving Certification includes practicum portions and examinations, which will determine whether or not an individual meets the requirements listed below for each level.  At the conclusion of the certification, the candidate will be informed of the evaluator's recommendations for certification of Level l or Level ll.  Candidates will be notified of their final results in writing by the PATH Intl. office.

Level l:
  PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Level l is an individual who has at least 200 driving hours in a turnout, is safety-oriented, is able to teach basic driving skills, has knowledge of disabilities, knows parts of the harness along with their purposes and proper fit to the equine, can long line, and has knowledge of vehicles and their maintenance.

Level ll:  PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Level ll knows all the information a Level l Instructor is required to know, and also has at least 400 hours in a turnout in various settings with different horses, can teach challenging and beneficial lessons to individuals with disabilities, can identify and manage problems with students/equine/volunteers, and possesses the organizational and leadership skills to be the head instructor of a driving program.

Level III: PATH Intl. Driving Instructor Level III has a thorough knowledge of horse care and horse handling and has at least 1,000 hours of driving experience.  He/she is a commanding, sensitive driver with considerable teaching experience who demonstrates a deep understanding of the relationship between specific disabilities and therapeutic driving.  This level enables the driving evaluator/faculty to serve as a mentor to others in the discipline, demonstrating leadership in the therapeutic driving industry and conducting driving instructor workshops and certifications.

Download the workshop and certification booklets for more information.

Forms & Links

Visit the PATH Intl. Events Calendar to search for a list of all driving workshops and certifications.

Driving now has a Community Connections. To join, click here.

horse-child-kneelingThis is the second level of certification.  A Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Advanced Level Certified Instructor is knowledgeable in horsemanship and understands disabilities and their relationship to therapeutic riding. This instructor is able to conduct safe, challenging and therapeutically effective lessons to individuals with disabilities.

PATH Intl. Certified Instructors who wish to progress to the Advanced level must meet a specific set of criteria (see below), and can be certified at the Advanced level through practical evaluations and written examinations at a PATH Intl. Advanced On-Site Certification.  These on-site certifications can be found on the PATH Intl. Events Calendar; dates are determined by PATH Intl. Centers. The on-site certification can range from 1-3 days depending on the number of certification candidates.

There is no workshop offered at the Advanced level, although some PATH Intl. Centers offer prep courses (also listed on the PATH Intl. calendar). These prep courses are designed by PATH Intl. Centers and offer candidates an opportunity to prepare for the Advanced certification testing. Candidates are responsible for finding their own resources in order to prepare themselves for Advanced certification.

Instructors must evaluate whether or not they meet the criteria for the Advanced level prior to applying at this level. For information and forms, including criteria, visit the TRI certification page

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Master Level Instructor Certification is the highest certification level an instructor can achieve through PATH Intl. This program is designed for those instructors with career involvement in therapeutic riding. A PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor has a strong background in horsemanship and teaching, as well as a thorough knowledge of disabilities and their relationship to therapeutic riding. He or she has the ability to step into any instruction situation in the field of equine-assisted activities and therapies and take charge effectively, with the support of the operating center board or the center management. He or she is also capable of training other therapeutic riding instructors.

PATH Intl. Master Level Instructors are looked upon as role models, and will embody the spirit of PATH Intl. while promoting the dignity of the entire therapeutic horsemanship team.

Characteristics of a PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor

  • Has thorough knowledge of PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor Certification criteria.
  • Maintains professional demeanor in all areas of the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry.
  •  Is able to communicate positively and effectively in a variety of situations and with a variety of people.
  • Demonstrates superior interpersonal skills.
  • Teaches effectively to a group or an individual, using creative and tailored approaches to maximize students’ understanding.
  •  Makes effective use of time and resources.
  •  Demonstrates ability to recognize problems and identify solutions.
  • Demonstrates responsibility.
  • Is aware of personal and professional limitations.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking, as well as intuitive and analytical reasoning.
  • Recognizes own biases and suspends judgmental thinking.
  • Strives to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Is open to constructive criticism and can effectively give constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrates ability to progress a rider to the realistic pinnacle of his/her ability.

Applicant Criteria

  • Must be a current PATH Intl. Instructor member and certified as a PATH Intl. Advanced Level Instructor.
  • Must be at least 25 years of age.
  • Must be a member of another equestrian organization outside of PATH Intl..
  • Must have a minimum of four years of involvement with a PATH Intl. Center.
  • Must have at least 400 hours of experience teaching equine-assisted activities.
  • Must document at least two years of service to PATH Intl.

For information and forms, visit the TRI certification page.

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