Tips for Supervising Instructor Candidates

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 Outdated forms will not be accepted and have the potential to delay a candidate’s application material.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.

Disability Education Core Requirement

What is disability education?

As defined by PATH Intl., disability education is educational activities that provide the student with greater understanding of the physical, social, cognitive and/or behavioral impacts experienced by individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders or emotional trauma. The education received should help the instructor understand how to communicate with and more effectively instruct a wide range of EAAT participants in order to increase the efficacy of the learning environment.  

As part of continuing education core requirements, instructors should spend at least 6 hours each year focused on gaining in depth knowledge about disabilities and how components of disabilities manifest in the lives and activities of individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders or emotional trauma. The intent of these hours is to expand knowledge and strengthen the instructor’s ability to communicate with individuals with disabilities, thereby diversifying the tools PATH Intl. instructors possess to effectively serve a broader range of disabled populations.

What types of activities satisfy this core requirement?

Activities that satisfy this requirement should be formally organized events, day to day activities are not considered to further education.   Any type of informational event, training, conference, seminar, lunch and learn, clinics or workshops specifically intended to educate professionals about a disability (or multiple disabilities) effectively fulfills this requirement.  For example, activities such as a PATH Intl. center’s orientation regarding participants coming from a group home or a school for special needs would satisfy this requirement.  Additionally, PATH Intl. conference sessions or webinars specifically geared towards providing knowledge and awareness about disabilities are accepted.  Furthermore, many other professional organizations’ educational events are accepted, including but not limited to:
•    Disability related conferences/meetings (e.g., ADD, ADHD, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory processing, etc.)
•    Special Education conferences/meetings
•    Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Speech Language Pathology conferences/meetings
•    Veteran related education (emotional trauma, phantom limb syndrome, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, etc.)
•    Conferences/meetings on general mental health-related issues for adults and children
•    EAGALA unmounted disabilities workshops or clinics
The 6 hours of disability education are not required to be consecutive. Hours from many different activities may be combined to total 6 clock hours.
Please contact Kim Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-369-7433, ext. 119 with questions regarding this core requirement.


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


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