Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

Please note! The next round of classes begin this September 2019.
To sign up for an Informational Session, click here.

Therapeutic Riding Instruction and Equine Studies Program

Waubonsee Community College presents a program which prepares students seeking PATH, Intl. certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor.  This program will consist of 12 classroom-based courses taught at Waubonsee's
Plano Campus in the fall and spring semesters, coupled with hands-on experience gained at our partner facility, Equine Dreams Equine Assisted Therapy Center in Newark, IL in the late spring and summer months.

A certified Instructor is able to conduct a safe, basic lesson to include teaching a riding skill to children and adults with emotional, social, behavioral, mental, and physical disabilities. Equine assisted activities are used for the purpose
of contributing positively to the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well being of individuals with special needs.

For those interested in gaining therapeutic riding instructor certification through PATH, International ( (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), the sequence of course work (see below) and practicum experience will take approximately two years to complete.  Waubonsee and Equine Dreams are PATH, Intl. Higher Education Members,
and follow PATH curriculum to prepare students for success in the certification exam process.

Individual courses within the program can be beneficial to anyone interested in many other areas in the equine-industry. If you are seeking enjoyment and employment as a trained professional in the horse industry,
including such fields as barn manager, equine vet tech, trainer or assistant trainer, or horse care specialist, there are courses which will provide background knowledge and skills needed in these fields.

Individuals with questions about the program should contact Equine Dreams at

Individuals with questions about registration, please contact Waubonsee Workforce Development at (630)906-4152

The Sequence of Courses Leading to PATH, Intl. Registered Instructor Certification:

At Waubonsee Community College - Plano CampusEquine Studies I

• Teaching Methodology for Riding Instruction
• Introduction to Psychology for Riding Instruction
• Equine Studies II
• Teaching Methodology for Therapeutic Riding Instruction
• Introduction to Psychology for Therapeutic Riding Instruction
• Therapeutic Riding Instructor PATH, Intl. Certification I
• Health Sciences for Therapeutic Riding Instruction I
• PATH, Intl. Standards and Contraindications
• Therapeutic Riding Instructor PATH, Intl. Certification II
• Health Sciences for Therapeutic Riding Instruction II
• Business Concepts for Therapeutic Riding

FALL 2017 WCC’s Workforce Development

PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instruction Program

*Plano campus Rm 209

Weekdays           Time                 Cost                                 Length(wks)        Start                     End

Fall 2017 COHORT

Equine Studies I                                                                                5              Aug 21                  Sept 20                 MW                       830-1130       $449

(includes Labor Day)

Teaching Methodology for TRI                                                     4              Sept 25                 Oct 18                   MW                       830-1130                $359

Intro to Psychology for TRI                                                          4              Oct 23                   Nov 15                  MW                       830-1130                $359


Spring Semester 2018  Jan 16-May 11

Equine Studies II                                                                           5              Jan 17                    Feb 19                   MW                       830-1130                $449

(mid-week start due to MLK Day Jan 15)

Teaching Methodology for TRI                                                  4              Feb 26                   Mar 21                  MW                       830-1130                $359

Intro to Psychology for TRI                                                        4              Mar 26                  April 18                 MW                       830-1130                $359


Summer 2018 May 14-July 28

Business Concepts for Managing TR Stables                         2              May 14                 May 23                 MW                       830-1130                $269

Supervised Hours                                                                                            300 supervised hours

TRI PATH Int’l Certification I                                                    4              July 2                     July 30                   MW                       830-1130                $359

(includes July 4)


Fall 2018 Aug 20-Dec 15

TRI PATH Int’l Certification II                                                   4              Aug 20                  Sept 12                 MW                       830-1130                $359

(includes Memorial Day)

Health Sciences for TRI I                                                          4              Sept 17                 Oct 10                   MW                       830-1130       $359

Health Sciences for TRI II                                                        4              Oct 15                   Nov 7                    MW                       830-1130                $359

PATH Int’l Standards & Contraindications                          4              Nov 12                  Dec 5                     MW                       830-1130                $359

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See what our students are saying...

"Each instructor made the class valuable and informative"

"Learned at lot of new ideas about teaching riding"

"Filled in holes in my horsemanship experience"

"Mix of theory and technical skills"

"Instructors were knowledgeable and always asked if we needed help with anything"

"Put the different learning styles together to accomplish the same goal"


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Thank you to Dr. Megan Coveyou of Fox Valley Equine Practice for coming and speaking to our Waubonsee students on Equine Field Emergencies. It was a great presentation and we really appreciate you coming out.

We will be having more presentations in the future so check back for future events!

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CONGRATULATIONS to our International student Ming Liu
on passing her certification, and becoming a new PATH, International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor!!
We are so proud of you!