Onsite Workshop and Certification (OSWC)

Onsite Workshop and Certifications

For those who cannot devote 10-12 weeks (which does include flexibility during the practicum phase) at one time to becoming a certified instructor via the Instructor Training Course (ITC), PATH Intl. offers a self-directed alternative. Candidates complete a multi-step educational process consisting of two phases. In order to achieve Registered Instructor Status both Phase One and Phase Two must be completed successfully.

Upcoming Workshops are shown below, or scroll to read more about the PATH Intl. OSWC Process.

Onsite Workshop and Certification Certification Events

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OSWC Phase One (Completed through the PATH Intl. office)

Phase one is self-paced, completed from home as an independent study program. Components include on-line courses. several exams and prerequisites:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Become a PATH Intl. Individual Member
  • Submit Registered Instructor Application
  • Submit accommodation request (if applicable)
  • Submit Adult & Child CPR and first aid certifications
  • Submit signed Equine Management Skills Checklist
  • Complete the online Standards Course and exam (score valid for 1 year)
  • Complete the online Instructor Self-Study Course and exam (score valid for two years)
  • Complete the online Pre-Certification Self-Assessment exam RECEIVE INSTRUCTOR IN TRAINING (IT) LETTER (valid for 12 months from date of issue)

Recommended, but optional during Phase I:
Audit a PATH Intl. on-site Registered Instructor’s work

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OSWC Phase Two

Phase Two is the on-site teaching phase of the certification process.

Here you will use the knowledge gained in Phase One while obtaining hands-on experience teaching therapeutic riding. A two and a half day educational workshop with hands-on learning is required prior to the final step of certification. This phase culminates in the Onsite Certification in which candidates demonstrate their riding ability and instruction to a class of at least two students with disabilities.

Workshops and Certifications are normally held in June and November. Please contact Sarah Carlson for more information 860.434.1974 x 115

  • Complete a minimum of 25 hours of teaching therapeutic riding to a group (two or more riders) (max of two years old at time of certification)
  • Attend a PATH Intl. on-site registered instructor workshop (max of two years old at time of certification)
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Prerequisite Criteria

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Become a PATH Intl. Individual Member
  • Submit Registered Instructor Application
  • Submit accommodation request (if applicable)
  • Submit Adult & Child CPR and first aid certifications
  • Submit signed Equine Management Skills Checklist
  • Complete the online Standards Course and exam (score valid for 1 year)
  • Complete the online Instructor Self-Study Course and exam (score valid for two years)
  • Complete the online Pre-Certification Self-Assessment exam RECEIVE INSTRUCTOR IN TRAINING (IT) LETTER (valid for 12 months from date of issue)
  • Recommended, but optional during Phase I: attend On-Site Workshop

Apply

Phase One is managed by the PATH Intl. office & requires a maximum six-month time frame to complete. To register for the Phase Two workshop and/or certification, please fill out the form and send it together with the required fee AND a copy of your Confirmation of Instructor-In-Training status letter from PATH Intl. to:

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
36 Town Woods Road,  Old Lyme, CT 06371

Or complete the online application below

  • High Hopes horses have a weight limit of 180 lbs. We do require a submission of a riding video prior to confirmation from candidates at or over 165 lbs. Submission of the video is for the center to ensure we can accommodate all candidates during their mounted ride for certification. This video will be reviewed by our center representative and will not be utilized for evaluation. If you exceed this weight limit, you will need to contact PATH Intl. for accommodation requirements of the riding portion of Phase Two.
  • Please register me for the following:

  • Registration Confirmation

  • Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment.

    Send Check made payable to High Hopes,
    36 Town Woods Road,
    Old Lyme, CT 06371.

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