Membership

More than 8,000 individuals with a commitment to professionalism, safety and ethical practices in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry welcome all like-minded individuals to the membership association providing leading-edge resources, educational materials and industry standards. 

PATH Intl. Individual Membership Benefits

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) offers a wealth of member benefits for all professionals, students and individuals with a passion for what we do:

  • PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation – the voluntary standards used by the entire industry demonstrating safety, professionalism and ethical practices.  Every member can download free and/or buy at a discount a copy of the annual edition.
  • Local and regional networking opportunities through the PATH Intl. network of region and state organizations.
  • The National Conference and Annual Meeting provides premier education, networking and continuing education.
  • 10 regional conferences enable networking with local people in the industry and entrée to educational opportunities presented by professionals in your surrounding area.
  • Strides – the association’s quarterly magazine featuring the profession’s thought-leaders presenting useful and leading edge articles on everything from technical insights to heartfelt anecdotes.
  • PATH Intl. eNews – the twice monthly electronic newsletter with all the latest happenings in the association and industry.
  • Consumer awareness of the profession, PATH Intl. centers and instructors.
  • Opportunity to post job openings; access to job postings.
  • Access to registration scholarships to PATH Intl.’s national conference and to some regional conferences.
  • Relationships with others in the industry including American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and others.
  • Resourceful and helpful national staff, including a member services team prepared to help members with their questions and needs.
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities at the national, regional and state level.
  • Online learning opportunities including the Center Accreditation Training (CAT), the instructor self-study and test and the volunteer training course.
  • Advocacy on behalf of the profession through communication with public official communication in proposed legislative topics.
  • Logo merchandise that showcases your commitment to the organization that works on its members’ behalf.
  • Educational material to help those new to the industry as well as those working on professional development.
  • Annual volunteer leadership awards.
  • First time attendee and new member welcome at the PATH Intl. annual conference.
  • Access to product and service providers that offer discounted rates and special programs to PATH Intl. members.
  • On-going conversations on issues affecting well-being of EAAT participants.

For those individuals who have achieved their instructor certification or seek to become a PATH Intl. instructor:

  • Serve as a mentor; contact a mentor.  25 hours of teaching must be conducted with a PATH Intl. certified instructor as part of the preparation to become certified.  PATH Intl.’s mentor training ensures that mentors have the skills and confidence needed to bring along new instructors in the field.
  • Step-by-step application booklets that outline exactly what prospects must know and demonstrate in order to become a PATH Intl. registered certified instructor,  advanced instructor, master instructor, vaulting instructor, driving instructor I, driving instructor II.
  • Online learning opportunities including the Center Accreditation Training (CAT) and instructor self-study and test.
  • Best practices shared in an online community targeted to instructors.

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PATH Intl. Center Membership Benefits

For all programs offering equine assisted activities and therapies to more than 66,000 participants PATH Intl. center memberships offer:

•    PATH Intl. Center Members have 20% discount off of the subscription price to the Foundation Directory Online in the “My Center Membership” area of the PATH Intl. website. (You must be logged in.) The Foundation Directory is the leading online resource for researching potential grants from more than 98,000 grantmakers, assisting centers with program and operational sustainability.
•    Unlimited Online access to the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Standards for Certification & Accreditation, including annual updates
•    3 FREE subscriptions of PATH Intl. Strides, the award-winning publication of PATH Intl.  In addition to your PATH Intl. Center Member subscription to Strides, two individuals from your center are invited to receive complimentary subscriptions to PATH Intl. eNews and Stridesmagazine: a $68 savings! 
•    PATH Intl. Center Members are listed on the PATH Intl. website in the ‘Find a Center’ search function. It is searchable by state, activities offered, disabilities served, etc. There were nearly 137,000 searches by individuals such as parents, doctors and other members on the “Find a Center” page in 2013. The listing in the directory could be the way people find you.
•    PATH Intl. provides the PATH Intl. Parents and Professionals Resource Guide designed to educate consumers about EAAT as a benefit to your center. This guide can be customized to showcase your center’s contact information, has general information on the different disciplines and benefits of EAAT. Center members are provided 100 copies free of charge and the guide was designed for your team to distribute to parents, physicians, therapists and others in your community. To request your 100 copies (while supplies last), please see the enclosed instructions. 100 Free copies sent to you!
•    FREE access to the online volunteer self-study course.
•    1 FREE PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification application fee per year.
•    Discounts on PATH Intl. merchandise and educational materials.
•    Use of the PATH Intl. logo for use on the center’s website and marketing materials.
•    Opportunity for funding, e.g., Disaster Relief Fund, Pat and Jackie Mullins International Conference Scholarship, EFP/EAL PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship in memory of Marjorie V. Kittredge, Instructor Certification Scholarship.
•    Eligibility in PATH Intl. award recognition program for equines, volunteers, equestrians, veterinarians and certified professionals.
•    Access to low cost classified ad placement on website.
•    Low cost liability and event insurance benefits.
•    Letter of support for grant applications upon request.
•    Access to benefits from PATH Intl. partners like Purina, Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Equisure, Markel, Equine Network magazines, Palaestra and AQHA .
•    Register up to five non-PATH Intl. members at the member rate for the PATH Intl. Conference.

Premier Accredited Centers receive the above benefits and:

•    Fourth International Conference registration free after three purchased per center
•    Exclusive use of PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center logo (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
•    Inscribed PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center plaque
•    Opportunity to host official PATH Intl. events including workshops and certifications - a great way to earn revenue for your center
•    Opportunity to apply for the PATH Intl. EAAT Participant Scholarship (formerly Riders Assistance; read the guidelines on the My Center Membership page)
•    Enhanced benefits from PATH Intl. partners

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