The PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) is a voluntary, entry-level credential for individuals in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) profession who provide riding instruction and therapeutic value to people with disabilities. This may include mounted or unmounted work ethically partnering with an equine. PATH Intl. CTRIs have met established criteria and standards of practice in the field. They have demonstrated their knowledge of disabilities, equines, teaching and human-animal interactions. See the full job description here.

This certification program has been designed to meet the rigorous accreditation standards of the National Council of Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more about why NCCA accreditation matters for PATH Intl. Certified Professionals here and read about the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council’s development and implementation of this certification program here.

Upcoming PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam Administration Windows:

January 18-25, 2020: Accepting applications starting October 1, 2019

April 18-25, 2020: Accepting applications starting October 1, 2019

August 1-8, 2020: Accepting applications starting October 1, 2019

November 14-21, 2020: Accepting applications starting October 1, 2019

How do I get started?

PATH Intl. CTRI Criteria (PDF)

PATH Intl. CTRI Application

NOTE: Applications will begin to be accepted on OCTOBER 1, 2019

- Pay the application fee*-- $150 for Professional or Professional Plus Members; $250 for Participating Members or non-members
*Upon payment of the application fee, you will receive instructions for submitting your application
 email or online upload.

Instructions for PATH Intl. CTRI Application

Submitting Your Application

PATH Intl. CTRI Application Paperwork Tutorial (more tutorials coming soon)

PATH Intl. Certified Professional Code of Ethics

PATH Intl. CTRI Credential Transition Process

- Credential Transition Form (online submission coming soon)

- Credential Transition Form (hard copy submission)

- Estimated Costs for Transitioning to the CTRI Credential

- Study Tips for the Online Test

- Lesson Tracking Tool for Transitioned CTRIs

- View the List of Transitioned CTRIs

PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Maintenance Process

- Certification Maintenance Form (hard copy submission)

- Certification Maintenance Form (online submission coming soon)


Job Description

Policy Statement for PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor 120 Hour Requirement


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