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Becoming an Instructor

Becoming a PATH Int.Certified Instructor is a wonderful opporutnity to combine a love of helping people with a love of horses!

PATH Intl. currently offers several different certifications:

  • TRI- Therapeutic Riding Instructor
    • Registered, Advanced, and Master Level
  • ES- Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
  • D- Driving Instructor
  • V- Vaulting Instructor

Click here for detailed information and paperwork for each certification

At this time, Horses Help is able to help individuals work towards a TRI (Reigistered or Advanced) or ES certification. Want more information on completing your TRI or ES training at Horses Help? Then visit our Instructor Training page!

Here are some commonly asked questions:

How long does it take to become an Instructor?

Becoming a certified ES or TRI will be dependent on your availability and experience. We typically say that someone should plan on 6 months to 1 year, at minimum, of training.

If you were to go through our onsite program in conjunction with PATH online requirements, it would take you approximately 6 months if you attended 1 time per week. There is no rush, it can be accomodated to your schedule.

What is the cost involved with becoming an Instructor?

If you are seeking training at Horses Help, there will be a nominal training fee to help cover mateirals and staff hours we invest into your training.  It is part of our community service to train great instructors for Arizona!  The bottom line is we want safe programs for everyone no matter what location you are working from.

The costs you can expect for TRI (Registered) Certification are:

  • PATH Intl. Membership- $60
  • PATH Intl. Instructor Application- $75
  • CPR/First Aid Training- $75-100
  • PATH Intl. Workshop & Certification- $675-745
    • Horses Help typically hosts a certification in the Fall and Winter/Spring each year
    • Price varies depending on early bird, regular, or late registration prices
    • Prices vary by center and you should expect to pay travel costs if you plan on going out of state
  • Riding Lessons- $ varies
    • If you do not have riding skills to pass the Riding portion of the Instructor Certification you will also need to invest in quality riding lessons.

The costs you can expect for ES Certification are:

  • PATH Intl. Membership- $60
  • PATH Intl. Portfolio Submission- $95
  • CPR/First Aid Training- $75-100
  • PATH Intl. Workshop and Skills Test- $535-575
    • Horses Help typically hosts an ESMHL workshop and skills test once each year in the Winter/Spring
    • Price varies depending on early bird, regular, or late registration prices
    • Prices vary by center and you should expect to pay travel costs if you plan on going out of state
  • Groundwork Lessons- $ varies
    • If you do not have riding skills to pass the Skills Test portion of the ES Certification you will also need to invest in quality ground work lessons.

Do I need to be a good Rider to become a TRI or ES?

TRI-You will be teaching riding instruction to people with special needs. Just because someone has a physical or mental disability does not mean that you will only be teacing someone the basics at a walk...some riders progress to trotting, cantering and more!

Those seeking certificaiton should have advanced beginner to intermediate riding skills so that they have a secure seat at the walk/trot/canter, can ask a horse to bend, ride the correct posting diagonal, and ride the correct lead. You don't have to be an olympic equestrian, but you will have to pass a basic riding test for national certification. Please reffer to the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certificaiton Booklett for detailed criteria expected for mounted skills.

ES- The ES certification does not cover riding skills so you will need to have adequate groundwork skills. Please reffer the PATH Intl. ESMHL Certification Booklett for equine skill requirements.

Do I need to know all about special needs clients and their disabilites?

You do not have to be a doctor or a therapist but should be familiar with the basics of common phsyical and mental diagnosees for both TRI and ES certification. Note that the TRI certification typically leans more towards knowledge of physical diagnosis while ES leans more towards cognitive or emotional diagnosis.

Questions about PATH Intl. Workshops, Certifications, or becoming an instructor? Contact Saebra.P@HorsesHelp.og

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