More than 8,000 individuals with a commitment to professionalism, safety and ethical practices in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry welcome all like-minded individuals to the membership association providing leading-edge resources, educational materials and industry standards. 

PATH Intl. Individual Membership Benefits

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) offers a wealth of member benefits for all professionals, students and individuals with a passion for what we do:

  • PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation – the voluntary standards used by the entire industry demonstrating safety, professionalism and ethical practices.  Every member can download free and/or buy at a discount a copy of the annual edition.
  • Local and regional networking opportunities through the PATH Intl. network of region and state organizations.
  • The International Conference and Annual Meeting provides premier education, networking and continuing education.
  • 10 regional conferences enable networking with local people in the industry and entrée to educational opportunities presented by professionals in your surrounding area.
  • Strides – the association’s quarterly magazine featuring the profession’s thought-leaders presenting useful and leading edge articles on everything from technical insights to heartfelt anecdotes.
  • PATH Intl. eNews – the twice monthly electronic newsletter with all the latest happenings in the association and industry.
  • Consumer awareness of the profession, PATH Intl. centers and instructors.
  • Opportunity to post job openings; access to job postings.
  • Access to registration scholarships to PATH Intl.’s national conference and to some regional conferences.
  • Relationships with others in the industry including American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA), American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and others.
  • Resourceful and helpful national staff, including a member services team prepared to help members with their questions and needs.
  • Volunteer leadership opportunities at the national, regional and state level.
  • Online learning opportunities including the Center Accreditation Training (CAT), the instructor self-study and test and the volunteer training course.
  • Advocacy on behalf of the profession through communication with public official communication in proposed legislative topics.
  • Logo merchandise that showcases your commitment to the organization that works on its members’ behalf.
  • Educational material to help those new to the industry as well as those working on professional development.
  • Annual volunteer leadership awards.
  • First time attendee and new member welcome at the PATH Intl. annual conference.
  • Access to product and service providers that offer discounted rates and special programs to PATH Intl. members.
    Members receive a 10% discount to, a horse business resource.
  • On-going conversations on issues affecting well-being of EAAT participants.

For those individuals who have achieved their instructor certification or seek to become a PATH Intl. instructor:

  • Serve as a mentor; contact a mentor.  25 hours of teaching must be conducted with a PATH Intl. certified instructor as part of the preparation to become certified.  PATH Intl.’s mentor training ensures that mentors have the skills and confidence needed to bring along new instructors in the field.
  • Step-by-step application booklets that outline exactly what prospects must know and demonstrate in order to become a PATH Intl. registered certified instructor,  advanced instructor, master instructor, vaulting instructor, driving instructor I, driving instructor II.
  • Online learning opportunities including the Center Accreditation Training (CAT) and instructor self-study and test.
  • Best practices shared in an online community targeted to instructors.

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PATH Intl. Center Membership Benefits

For all programs offering equine assisted activities and therapies to more than 66,000 participants PATH Intl. center memberships offer:

•    FREE access to GrantStation - a powerful online tool providing th sources for all your grant seeking needs.
•    Unlimited Online access to the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Standards for Certification & Accreditation, including annual updates
•    3 FREE subscriptions of PATH Intl. Strides, the award-winning publication of PATH Intl.  In addition to your PATH Intl. Center Member subscription to Strides, two individuals from your center are invited to receive complimentary subscriptions to PATH Intl. eNews and Strides magazine: a $68 savings! 
•    PATH Intl. Center Members are listed on the PATH Intl. website in the ‘Find a Center’ search function. It is searchable by state, activities offered, disabilities served, etc. There were nearly 137,000 searches by individuals such as parents, doctors and other members on the “Find a Center” page in 2013. The listing in the directory could be the way people find you.
•    FREE access to the online volunteer self-study course.
•    Discounts on PATH Intl. merchandise and educational materials.
•    Use of the PATH Intl. logo for use on the center’s website and marketing materials.
•    Opportunity for funding, e.g., Disaster Relief Fund, Pat and Jackie Mullins International Conference Scholarship, EFP/EAL PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting Scholarship in memory of Marjorie V. Kittredge, Instructor Certification Scholarship.
•    Eligibility in PATH Intl. award recognition program for equines, volunteers, equestrians, veterinarians and certified professionals.
•    Access to low cost classified ad placement on website.
•    Low cost liability and event insurance benefits.
•    Letter of support for grant applications upon request.
•    Access to benefits from PATH Intl. partners like Purina, American Regent Animal Health, maker of Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), Equisure, Markel, Equine Network magazines, Palaestra and AQHA .
•    Register up to five non-PATH Intl. members at the member rate for the PATH Intl. Conference.

Premier Accredited Centers receive the above benefits and:

•    Fourth International Conference registration free after three purchased per center
•    Exclusive use of PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center logo (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
•    Inscribed PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center plaque
•    Opportunity to host official PATH Intl. events including workshops and certifications - a great way to earn revenue for your center
•    Opportunity to apply for the PATH Intl. Equine-assisted Services Participant Scholarship -- information available early in the year
•    Enhanced benefits from PATH Intl. partners

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