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.

How Do I Get Started?

Job Description
PATH Intl. CTRI Criteria
PATH Intl. Certified Professional Code of Ethics

Upcoming PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam Administration Windows:

November 14-21, 2020: Accepting applications through August 21, 2020

February 20-28, 2021: Accepting applications through November 28, 2020

May 29 - June 6, 2021: Accepting applications through March 6, 2021

August 28 - September 5, 2021: Accepting applications through June 5, 2021

December 4-12, 2021: Accepting applications through September 12, 2021

Want to Apply?

PATH Intl. CTRI Application
Glossary of Terms
CTRI App Prep Checklist
CTRI Exam Prep Fact Sheet

Estimated costs to apply*

Professional Plus Member
Professional Member
Participating Member
Higher Ed Student Member
*Membership is NOT required to apply

Instructions for PATH Intl. CTRI Application (PDF)
Submitting Your Application (PDF)
PATH Intl. CTRI Application Paperwork Tutorial (Video)
CTRI Application Purchase and Submission Tutorial (Video)
Purchase the PATH Intl. Standards Course and Exam
Pay the application fee

Upon payment of the application fee, you will receive instructions for submitting your application via email or online upload. Please allow 60 days for review of your application and confirmation of whether to not it has been accepted. 

Candidates whose applications are approved will receive an Authorization to Test letter following payment for the certification exam fee. The Authorization to Test letter will provide the identification numbers required and instructions for registering for the certification exam.

Taking the Certification Exam

The PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Exam is administered as a proctored, computer-based test delivered at approved testing centers. PATH Intl. has chosen the PearsonVUE testing center network to deliver the CTRI certification exam.

- Candidates must complete payment for the certification exam fee (refer to estimated costs provided above) to receive an Authorization to Test letter. Once in possession of an Authorization to Test letter, candidates must register directly with PearsonVUE to schedule an appointment to take the exam at the testing center of their choice. 

- Get an idea of what the 85 multiple-choice question computer based certification exam will look like by going to this demo.

- Visit the PATH Intl. certification exam webpage and click “Find a test center”  in the right-hand menu to search for centers nearest you.

- Wondering what to expect at a Pearson VUE testing center? View a general video tutorial here and review Pearson VUE testing policies here.

 Review PearsonVUE’s COVID-19 Update Page to learn how testing experiences may be impacted during the pandemic

Already a CTRI? 

PATH Intl. CTRI Credential Maintenance Process

- Credential Maintenance Form (hard copy submission)

- Credential Maintenance Form (online submission coming soon)

Already a PATH Intl. TRI and ready to transition to the CTRI credential? Click here.

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