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Professional Certifications

Become Qualified with High Hopes

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.

Internationally Recognized

High Hopes is one of a handful of independent therapeutic riding centers throughout North America approved by PATH Int'l to offer instructor training at all three levels. Since 1996, High Hopes has trained over 260 students from throughout the United States and from over 20 countries abroad.

Professional Enrichment

Already qualified and looking for continuing education?

Join us for one or more of our dynamic lectures and seminars! These lectures and workshops are perfect for instructors seeking additional professional education and are also open to anyone looking to find out more about working with equine assisted therapies.

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Become a Registered Instructor

with High Hopes

Professional certification is required to teach therapeutic riding at an accredited center. PATH Int’l, the national certifying organization offers three levels of certification:

Registered Instructor
Advanced Instructor
Master Instructor (not currently offered)

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 the 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 Onsite Workshop and Certification.

Routes to becoming a PATH Int’l Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor or PATH Int’l Advanced Level Certified Instructor

Additional PATH Int’l Certifications & Workshops

PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health workshop & skills test: April 7-10, 2018

The Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning Workshop is a three-day workshop for equine professionals and therapeutic riding instructors who work or would like to work with students with mental health and/or learning issues. The workshop also benefits those who work with mental health or education professionals, helping to enhance cooperation and provide a more complete experience.

For Beyond ESMHL Course and CEUs CLICK HERE


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PATH Intl. Mentor training workshop: Next Date TBD

One and a half day workshop designed to provide PATH Intl. Certified Instructors with an overview of the role of a mentor within the EAAT industry and the necessary skills and tools to apply this knowledge to mentor other instructional candidates. The objectives of the workshop are to enhance and build observation, evaluation and feedback skills through group activities and to give the mentor tools that will help individual mentors and centers in setting up a mentoring program. PATH Intl. CEUs=14 CE

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