On-Site Workshop & Certification

Instructor Training

Have you ever considered a career in equine assisted therapy?


PATH Intl. offers three levels of Instructor Registered Certification for therapeutic riding: Registered, Advanced, and Master. This Instructor Workshop or Registered Certification is for the Registered Level.

In order to become a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor, a candidate must successfully complete the two phases of the Registered Certification process. For additional information on this process, please refer to the PATH Intl. website at www.PATHIntl.org under the Instructor Registered Certification drop down menu. Any questions that you have regarding Phase One should be directed to the PATH Intl. office, and questions regarding Phase Two should be directed to the PATH Intl. office or Equest.

Phase One (PATH Intl.)

With the submission of the Registered Instructor Certification Application Form, a $55 application fee, copies of current CPR and First Aid Registered Certification cards, and PATH Intl. membership number or application ($45 membership fee) to the PATH Intl. office, you will officially enter into Phase One. Upon receipt, PATH Intl. will email you a Phase One Packet. This packet includes access to the following online components:

  • Center Accreditation Training Course (CAT)
  • Instructor CAT Exam
  • Instructor Self-Study Course
  • PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Open Book Exam

NOTE: Candidates have six months to complete the Phase One Packet. Please note the CAT Course with Instructor CAT Exam has a 60-day time frame, and the Instructor Self-Study Course/Instructor Open Book Exam has a six (6) month time frame. Upon successful completion of Phase One, candidates receive a confirmation of Instructor-In-Training status letter from the PATH Intl. office. At this point, a candidate is considered a PATH Intl. Instructor-In-Training. You may retain this designation for 12 months from the date of your Confirmation Letter.

Phase Two (Host Site - Equest)

Within the 12 month time frame, candidates must have completed all the components of Phase Two. These components are:

  • Complete 25 hours of practice teaching group mounted therapeutic riding lessons under the guidance or direct supervision of a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor
  • Attend a Registered Instructor Workshop - attend a workshop PRIOR to the Registered Certification component
  • Successfully complete a Registered Instructor On-Site Certification

If you are interested in attending the Instructor Workshop or Registered Certification, please complete the attached form, and mail with appropriate fees to the address listed. Please include a copy of your confirmation of Instructor-In-Training status letter from Phase One if registering for Certification, candidates are registered on a first come-first served basis, so make sure to register early. All Certification Candidates must register 32 days prior to the Registered Certification.

To participate in Registered Certification, complete the Phase Two packet, and return to Equest with a copy of your PATH Intl. membership card, and current copies of your CPR and First Aid Registered Certification. All Phase 2 Forms need to be returned to the Host Site at least 32 days prior to the Registered Certification.