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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

January 14, 2015 ~ August 26, 2015

High Hopes offers the Instructor Training Courses in two formats:
as a 10 to 12 week full time, intensive program or as a four month part time 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 2015.

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

January 14, 2015 ending in April, 2015
August 26, 2015 ending in November 2015



The 2015 application forms can be used for either 2015 session.

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Scholarships 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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