PATH Intl. individual members can get involved with the accreditation process by becoming site visitors. This experience offers networking opportunities, travel to other PATH Intl. programs, excellent educational opportunities and first-hand participation in the growth and professional development of our industry.

  1. Potential site visitors must have:
    1. An in depth knowledge of PATH Intl. standards, including the compliance demonstration of all standards, in order to conduct the visit with minimal use of the standards manual
    2. Must know the intent of all standards in order to score correctly
  2. Potential site visitors must know accreditation process and procedure:
    1. The visit process as documented in the standards manual
    2. Visitor responsibilities as documented in the standards manual
  3. Have worked in the day-to-day operations at a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center for a minimum   of one year or have equivalent experience
  4. Successful completion of the Standards Course online or in person within one year prior to attending the Associate Visitor Training Course
  5. Successful completion of the Associate Visitor Training Course
  6. Current PATH Intl. membership
  7. Availability to attend a visitor update annually
  8. Availability to volunteer time to conduct site visits and to participate in continuing education
  9. Availability to travel
    1. From 2 to 3 times per year
    2. For 1 to 3 days at a time
  10. Willingness to be reimbursed for travel expenses (when arrangements are made through the PATH Intl. travel agent, most travel expenses will be paid up front by PATH Intl.)
    1. Personal skills required:
    2. Attention to detail
    3. Clear and concise communication
    4. Time management
    5. Ability to work well with a team
    6. Ability to handle conflict professionally
    7. Professionally and objectively represent PATH Intl.

If you are interested in becoming a site visitor, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Just as other professions use accreditation and licensing systems to improve the well-being of their industries, professionals in the field of equine-assisted activities have a distinction of their own through the Premier Accredited Center (PAC) Program. The PAC Program gives centers the chance to demonstrate their excellence in providing quality equine-assisted activities. As a leading representative of the EAAT industry, PATH Intl. PACs receive many benefits.

  • PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting – PATH Intl. PACs are eligible to receive up to one complimentary full registration when three or more individuals are registered and paid for (one per center, per year).
  • Riders Assistance Fund Scholarship – PATH Intl. PACs are eligible to apply for this $300 annual scholarship for a child equestrian. Information becomes available early in the year.

Quality Assurance

  • Prospective donors, volunteers and riders are more willing to establish relationships with organizations that have attained this respected benchmark. Likewise, staff and volunteers can take pride in knowing that they represent a center that meets the national standards.
  • Accreditation provides an advantage when raising funds — especially when approaching private donors and state organizations that require proof that a center meets industry standards before distributing funds.
  • When directors or other key staff members change at a PAC, riders can be assured that they will continue to receive consistent, therapeutically valid services that meet safety standards.


  • Premier Accredited Centers are listed separately and prominently from member centers in all PATH Intl. published listings. This includes the PATH Intl. Membership Directory, state lists that are mailed to hundreds of prospective donors, riders and others requesting information, as well as the PATH Intl. website that is accessible to millions of people daily.
  • Industry recognition of PACs is demonstrated through announcements at the PATH Intl. Annual Meeting & Conference.
  • Only PACs are referred to print and broadcast reporters who call PATH Intl. asking to speak to centers. These centers are known to have met safety standards and will make good sources for news stories.


  • Only PACs have the right to use the PATH Intl. logo and “Premier Accredited Center” tagline on printed materials.
  • PACs receive template press releases to customize and send to local media.


  • Through the PATH Intl. Standards of Certification and Accreditation manual, personnel have a thorough resource to evaluate their centers.
  • To keep the standards current, the PATH Intl. Board of Directors and Accreditation Subcommittee routinely research and review the legality of the accreditation process.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the PATH Intl. office.

cover-center-renewal-bookletCongratulations on another year of providing equine-assisted activities and therapies to more than 58,000 participants worldwide! Thank you for renewing your center’s PATH Intl. membership.

If you wish to complete your renewal online, click here to begin. You will need to log in as your center's primary contact. You will also need to complete the PATH Intl. Credentialed Professionals Report and if applicable, the PATH Intl. Medical Professionals Report and send to the PATH Intl. office via mail or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you wish to complete your renewal by hard copy, click here to access the Center Renewal Booklet.

Center membership runs January 1st through December 31st each year. All PATH Intl. Member Centers are required to renew at this time regardless of the date they joined PATH Intl.

The Center Renewal Booklet must be completed (including the completed invoice on pg. 2 of the booklet) and returned along with payment to the PATH Intl. office or completed online at by January 15 of each year. Renewals postmarked after January 15 must include a $60 late fee. All items must be completed by mail or electronically in order to complete the renewal process. Missing reports or incomplete information may delay processing of your renewal.

Click here for Center Dues.


So, you’ve renewed your center membership but have received a letter from PATH Intl. stating that your center is non-compliant. Don’t panic! The most common reasons for non-compliance can be easily resolved. Click here for a list of the reasons your center might have received the letter, and the steps to take to correct the issue.

Questions or Concerns

Please email or call:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Membership Representative-Centers, (800) 369-7433, ext. 103

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Membership Operations Manager, (800) 369-7433, ext. 116

As the center’s primary contact, please log in to the PATH Intl. website using your personal email address and password.

Updating Your Information

Once you are logged in as the primary contact, click “My Account.” From your account homepage, you will see your individual profile and below that you will see your organization’s information. Your center's name is a hyperlink; click on it to get to your center’s profile information. Click “Edit Information” and a new screen will open, allowing you access to update all information. At the top is all of your center’s contact information, address, phone, etc.  Scroll down a little further, and the renewal data begins at the field called “Year of Renewal.” Be sure to change the date to 01/01/2017 – that is how we know that you did go in and update the information for your 2017 renewal. Then fill in all the data as it is currently applicable. The data you see already there is what we collected on your center during your 2014 renewal. If the information is correct, you don’t need to change it. Please update every field as necessary, and make sure to enter your updated insurance policy information and expiration date, and also fill in the dates of your compliance signature and insurance compliance (just like signing and dating a paper document). Then be sure to hit save at the bottom.

Paying With a Credit Card

To pay the invoice with a credit card online, from your account homepage select "My Transactions" on the left side of the page. The “My Transactions” page will show closed and open orders. Select "Pay Open Orders" to select the invoice to pay.  Follow the prompts to get to the payment page to enter your credit card. You will receive an email confirmation receipt of payment.

Completing this process and sending in your instructor report (also known as the Credentialed Professional Report) will complete all of your renewal requirements.


  • Centers hosting events during which they can showcase their barns, staff and programs to a large group of Veterans have had great success in recruitment and retention. Warriors are motivated to support each other; and this is a great way to connect Warriors to Warriors as well as motivate them to return for regular lessons. If you would like to hold a large group event and would like a WWP representative to attend, Shauna Smith at WWP will connect you with a person in your area.
  • Scheduling group lessons with other warriors rather than private lessons has also shown better attendance.

First Contact With the Veterans

  • Provide extra encouragement for Warriors to participate.  
  • Let them know what to expect.
  • Try to schedule lessons with other Warriors.
  • Make reminder calls. Text and email reminders the day prior to lessons/workshops.
  • Establish a relationship of trust.

Working With Veterans in Lessons

  • Let them open up to you. Please, NEVER ask them about their war-time experience.
  • Be patient.
  • Keep the environment welcoming.
  • Keep them engaged at their established pace.
  • Provide a positive encouraging environment.
  • Redirect Warriors who become fixated on negative experiences.
  • Be aware of physical boundaries and touching.
  • Be aware that some Warriors might experience triggers or things that remind them of traumatic events. Please reduce or warn Warriors of loud noises, sudden movements or large crowds. Please provide a “safe place” for them to retreat (perhaps a tack room or bathroom) and let them know where it is prior to the lesson.  


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