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PATH Registered Instructor Workshop and Certification

  • Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center 18675 Northeast 106th Street Redmond, WA, 98052 United States (map)

Workshop Only:

You may attend the workshop only just to learn a bit more about Therapeutic Riding and PATH Intl. It gives an overview on how to be a good therapeutic riding instructor, how to develop lesson plans, tack and equipment use, information on disabilities and therapeutic approaches, volunteer management, teaching techniques and hands-on demo lessons. Attendance is also a prerequisite to becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor. To register, submit the Registration Form and associated fees by July 27, 2018.

Workshop and/or Certification:

In order to become a PATH Int’l Registered Level Instructor, a person must successfully complete Phase II of the certification process. Information below is to provide some information about the process, but for the full process and more information please visit Any questions you have about Phase I should be directed to the PATH Int’l office, and any questions regarding Phase II can be directed to Jessica McKenzie.

Phase I

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 e-mail you a Phase One Packet. This packet includes access to the following on-line 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 timeframe and the Instructor Self-Study Course/Instructor Open Book Exam has a 6 month timeframe.

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 twelve months from the date of your Confirmation Letter.

Phase II 

Within the twelve month timeframe, 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 and/or Registered Certification, please complete the registration form above and mail with appropriate fees to Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. 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.

Once registered for the workshop and/or certification, Little Bit will send you a Phase Two Packet. The packet will include the following information and will need to be completed depending on whether you are registering for workshop and/or Registered Certification:

  • Emergency Medical Treatment, Liability, and Confidentiality Forms
  • Additional Forms for Registered Certification candidates which include; Instructor resume, personal reference, professional reference, and essay questions
  • Documentation of Group Teaching Hours Form

To participate in Registered Certification, complete the Phase Two packet and return to Center name with a copy of your PATH Intl. membership card, and current copies of your CPR and First Aid Registered Certification. All Phase II Forms need to be returned to Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center at least 32 days prior to the Registered Certification.