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?

Review the CTRI Candidate Handbook (New as of October 2021!)
View the CTRI Application Paperwork Tutorial (video)
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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*

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Professional Member
Participating Member
Higher Ed Student 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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