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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 2017-18

August 2017 - November 2017 * January 2018 * August 2018

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, practicum, teaching and testing 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 2017.

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

August 23, 2017-November 2017
Application deadline:  July 12, 2017

   January 17, 2018 – March 2018

August 22 – October 2018



The 2017 application forms can be used for 2017 Programs.  2018 application forms to be posted shortly.





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Instructor Training Financial Aid

Limited Financial aid in the form of credit towards 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.

Instructor Training Financial Aid Application


The field of therapeutic riding offers rewarding career opportunities combining elements of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, education, psychology and child development with horsemanship teaching skills.


Professional Enrichment

High Hopes provides a wide range of professional enrichment opportunities in 2017 from Therapy Horse Workshop, Sensory Integration & Autism to Equine Therapy Workshops.  Additionally,  we provide consulting services in the field of Equine Therapy and Nonprofit management.