PATH Registered Instructor Certification Process
In order to become a PATH Certified Instructor, you must successfully complete the two phases of the certification process. For additional information on this process, please refer to the PATH website under Instructor Certification drop-down menu.
Any questions that you have regarding Phase One should be directed to the PATH office, and questions regarding Phase Two should be directed to Ivey Ranch.
With the submission of your Registered Instructor Certification Application Form, an application fee, copies of current CPR and First Aid Certification and PATH membership number or application to the PATH office, you will officially enter Phase One.
Components of Phase One include:
- PATH International Standards Course (Formerly CAT Course)
- PATH International Standards Exam (Formerly CAT Exam)
- Instructor Self-Study
- PATH Registered Instructor Open Book Exam
- Complete the Horsemanship Skills Checklist
Note: You will have six months to complete the Phase One Packet. Please note the Standards course/exam has a 60-day time frame and the Instructor self-study/Open book exam has a 6-month time frame.
Upon successful completion of Phase one, you will receive a confirmation of Instructor in Training status letter from the PATH office. At this point, you are considered a PATH Instructor In Training. You may retain this designation for twelve months from the date of your letter. At that time you may also sign up for an On-Site Workshop and Certification.
Within the twelve months after completing phase one, you must complete all the components of Phase 2. They are:
- 25 hours of practice teaching mounted therapeutic riding group lessons under the direct supervision of a PATH Certified Instructor
- Attend a Registered Instructor On-Site Workshop. You must attend the workshop PRIOR to the certification
- Successfully complete a Registered Instructor On-Site Certification
If you are interested in attending please complete the attached form and mail with appropriate fees to the address listed. You will also need to include a copy of your Instructor In Training letter. Candidates are registered on a first come-first serve basis, so register early. All certification candidates must register 32 days prior to OSWC.
After receiving full registration, Ivey Ranch Park will send you Phase 2 packet. It will include:
- on-site registration form
- A form for Instructor Resume, Personal Reference, Professional Reference and Essay Questions
- Emergency Medical Treatment, Liability and Confidentiality forms
- Documentation of Teaching Hours Form
You will need to complete the Phase 2 paper work and return it to Ivey Ranch with a copy of your PATH membership card and CPR/First Aid Cards. All forms must be returned to Ivey Ranch 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the OSWC.
Becoming a PATH certified instructor may be easier than you think. Let us answer some of your questions:
Becoming an instructor will be on your timetable. You will have two on-line tests, a “Horsemanship Skills” interview, and 25 hours of group teaching (typically concurrent or after mentoring time with staff) before you qualify to “certify” as an Instructor. You will need current First Aid and CPR certification. You should have competent riding experience, after all you will be teaching riding skills.
The costs you can expect are:
• $55 dollars to join PATH
• Approximately $35 for the on-line tests
• Approximately $120 for the three books/manuals that are necessary to pass the on-line tests
• Approximately $600-800 dollars for the on-site clinical classroom and testing weekend. If you plan on taking this out of state, you will incur travel costs as well. Ivey Ranch will have a minimum of one Certification weekend per year. So far we have identified July as a month we will be able to offer the Registered Level On Site Workshop and Certification.
• You will also have to obtain your CPR and First aid Training. Cost will vary according to location.
• If you are not a proficient rider and/or need some practice, you should secure riding lessons. Costs will vary according to center. You are welcome to join one of our classes or schedule private lessons and our instructors will coach you through your certification testing pattern.
You will be teaching riding instruction to people with special needs, so you will need to be an accomplished rider. You don’t have to be an Olympic equestrian, but you will have to pass a basic riding test for national certification.
You do not have to be a doctor or a therapist. We will teach you about working with individuals with special needs and how this relates to Therapeutic Riding. You will go through 25 hours of supervised teaching during your training process so that you become familiar with many types of disabilities and how to manage them in a class.