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Instructor Training Certification

Approved Training through PATH Int'l

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, self-directed educational process which culminates in an On-site Workshop and Certification.

This section describes Method 1 – the Approved Instructor Training Course (ITC).

The alternative is Method 2 – an On-site Workshop and Certification as described in the OSWC section of this website.


PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course Start Date 2019

January 9, 2019 (Deadline for registration is 11/26/2018)

High Hopes offers the Instructor Training Courses as a 10 to 12 week full-time, intensive program.

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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


Our Winter Training starts January 9th and is completed in April.

The application materials and the application fee for the course starting January 9, 2019 must be received by November 26, 2018.

Full payment for the course tuition is due upon acceptance into the program. Decisions on acceptance are made within one week of the application deadline.

If a candidate needs extra time (beyond the scheduled time frames of a beginning of April and beginning of November) to complete the course, additional costs may be incurred.

This will be discussed and determined on an individualized basis.

Pre-requisite Criteria for registration

Proof of PATH INTL. Membership

Must be at least 21 years of age (applicants under the age of 21 will be considered on an individual basis)

Current Resume

A letter of intent, addressing reasons for applying to course and intentions upon graduation

Personal letter of reference (no more than two years old)

Professional letter of reference (no more than two years old)

Proof of previous experience with disabilities

Copies of current CPR and First Aid Cards

Horsemanship skills checklist or adequate proof of basic stable management and horse knowledge

Submission of riding video or in-person demonstration of riding skills showing sufficient prior riding experience to successfully complete included pattern: video must show walk, trot (both sitting and posting), and canter in both directions

Proof of previous volunteer experience of at least one year at a therapeutic riding program strongly encouraged.

Experience teaching non-therapy riding strongly encouraged.

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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.

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PATH Int'l Certifications & Workshops

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.

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High Hopes Professional Enrichment Opportunities and PATH CEUs

High Hopes provides a wide range of professional enrichment opportunities in 2018-2019 from Beyond ESMHL and The Therapy Horse Workshop to Sensory Integration & Autism and Equine Therapy Workshops.

Click to see all a brochure of all High Hopes Professional & Enrichment Courses