PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course at High Hopes TR Winter 2020 – Welcome & General Orientation

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PATH Intl. is undergoing a 3rd party accreditation process for the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification that is based on meeting and exceeding certification industry standards. The outcome of this process is to establish the new PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI).

This certification process meets the rigors of obtaining National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation of the PATH Intl. CTRI certification. Achievement of NCCA accreditation of the certification will elevate the value of the CTRI credential and support increased professional recognition of the industry.


The PATH Intl. CTRI is a voluntary, entry-level credential for individuals in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) profession who provide riding instruction and therapeutic value to people with disabilities. This may include mounted or unmounted work partnering with an equine. PATH Intl. CTRIs have met established criteria and standards of practice in the field. They have demonstrated their knowledge of disabilities, equines, teaching, and human-animal interactions. Summary Description of the CTRI The PATH Intl. CTRI has the maturity and knowledge to safely and effectively teach basic riding skills.

As part of the PATH Intl. 3rd party accreditation of its certified therapeutic riding instructor certification (CTRI), a job task analysis review of the registered therapeutic riding instructor job was completed in 2016. The outcome of this review resulted in the development of the PATH Intl. CTRI Job Task Analysis (JTA) as well as CTRI criteria. Please see links below for more information on the CTRI Certification, Job Task Analysis, CTRI Criteria and CTRI Job Description

Our PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course workshops provide opportunities for education and gaining knowledge in all areas of the PATH Intl. CTRI JTA.

This half-day session is the start of High Hopes’ Winter 2020 16-day PATH Intl. Approved Training Course. High Hopes is one of only four Centers in the US that offer this course.

This will be an opportunity for you to meet the faculty and your fellow Instructor in Training Candidates and will include

  • Verification of the registration materials.
  • Discussion of expectations.
  • A tour of the facility.
  • An introduction to PATH Intl. and review of certification process and components to include JTA.

For those taking the full course, this will also be an opportunity for you to ride.

If you are unsure as to your educational needs or ambitions, please schedule a telephone conversation with our Training & Education team, prior to signing up. Call Training & Education Director – Sarah Miller 860.434.1974 x 115 or email




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