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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 an 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.


ITC Start Dates

January 15, 2014 & August 27, 2014

High Hopes offers the ITC course in two formats:
as an 8 week full time, intensive program or as a 4 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


Included you will find a general course brochure, and application materials for our next Instructor Training Course (intensive and extended format) which begins on January 15, 2014 and ends in April, 2014 (intensive) and May, 2014 (extended). The application materials and payment in full for the January course must be received by December 4, 2014.

The Instructor Training Course (intensive format only) will also be offered starting on August 27, 2014. The course ends in November, 2014; the application materials and payment in full for the August course must be received by July 16, 2014.


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Scholarships in the form of credit of no more than 50% of tuition only are available for Instructor Training Course students. The application deadline is 45 days prior to the start of the program.


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