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Instructor Training Course


There are two ways to study the basics for achieving PATH Int’l Registered Certification to become an instructor.  Both require successful completion of Registered criteria: certification can be achieved through attending a PATH Intl. Approved Training Course (such as our Instructor Training Course) or through a multi-step educational process which culminates in an On-site Workshop and Certification. This section describes the Instructor Training Course (ITC).  The On-site Workshop and Certification is described in the OSWC section of this website.


PATH Intl. Instructor Training Course Start Dates

August 24, 2016 - November 2016, January 2017 - April 2017 and August 2017 - November 2017

High Hopes offers the Instructor Training Courses as a 10 to 12 week full time, intensive program.


Riding instruction and volunteer experience in a therapeutic riding program are strongly encouraged.

The course is taught in two parts and incorporates both lecture and practicum components. Students receive experience in teaching one-on-one and group lessons. Our course faculty includes more than 10 experienced teachers with backgrounds in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, master and advanced level instructing,

expressive therapies, recreational therapy, nonprofit management and fund development. The diversity of our program participants and therapy horses, combined with our skilled volunteers, provides a learning environment where student instructor trainees can advance their knowledge and skills, learning how to plan and implement safe, effective therapeutic riding lessons.

Instructor Training Course

Pre-requisite Criteria & Application Packet


See below for the general course brochure and application materials for 2016.

The Instructor Training Course will be offered on the following dates:

August 24, 2016 ending in November, 2016
Application deadline:  July 13, 2016

January 18, 2017 ending in April, 2017
Application deadline:  December 1, 2016



The 2016 application forms can be used for either 2016 session.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of credit of no more than 25% of tuition only are available for Instructor Training Course students. The application deadline is 45 days prior to the start of the program.

New!  PATH Intl. has introduced a PATH International Equine Services for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Scholarship for Veterans.  Click here to learn more and apply.


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