Instructor Training Certification


PATH Intl. Approved

Instructor Training Course

Riding instruction and volunteer experience in a therapeutic riding program are strongly encouraged.

Riding instruction and volunteer experience in a therapeutic riding program are strongly encouraged. The course is taught in two parts, and incorporates 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.

Approved Training through PATH Intl.

Instructor Training Certification

There are two ways to study the basics for achieving PATH Intl. Registered Certification to become an instructor. Both require a successful demonstration of skills and knowledge outlined in the Registered Instructor Criteria: certification can be achieved through attending a 16-week PATH Intl. Approved Instructor Training Course (offered here at High Hopes) or through a multi-step, self-directed educational process which culminates in an On-site Workshop and Certification.

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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 a riding video performing the published riding pattern is required as part of the application process. Riding skills at the strong intermediate level must be demonstrated for acceptance into the course. Skills must demonstrate ability to perform walk, trot, canter, knowledge of correct leads and diagonals, security of seat, appropriate contact and communication with the horse, accurate demonstration of correct bend and performance of ring figures throughout the pattern.
  • 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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