Becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor is a wonderful opportunity to combine a love of helping people with a love of horses!
PATH Intl. currently offers several different certifications:
Click here for information about becoming a PATH Intl. Member
Click here for detailed information and paperwork for each certification
At this time, Horses Help is able to help individuals work towards a TRI (Registered 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 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 materials 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:
The costs you can expect for ES Certification are:
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 teaching someone the basics at a walk...some riders progress to trotting, cantering and more!
Those seeking certification 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 level equestrian, but you will have to pass a basic riding test to obtain the TRI certification. Please reffer to the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification Booklet 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 to the PATH Intl. ESMHL Certification Booklet for equine skill requirements.
Do I need to know all about special needs clients and their disabilities?
You do not have to be a doctor or a therapist but should be familiar with the basics of common physical and mental diagnoses for both TRI and ES certification. Note that the TRI certification typically leans more towards knowledge of physical and cognitive diagnoses while ES leans more towards emotional diagnosis.
Questions about PATH Intl. Workshops, Certifications, or becoming an instructor? Contact Shelly.W@HorsesHelp.org