Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification and Equine Studies Program

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Become a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor!

Grooming a horseWaubonsee Community College is pleased to announce a new program which prepares students seeking certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor. 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.

The coursework for this program begins in the fall semester.  The program consists of 12 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 Therapeutic Riding Center in Newark, IL, in the late spring and summer months.

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

If you are not seeking certification, individual courses within the program can be selected and are 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 you with the background knowledge and skills needed in these fields.

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Interested in learning more? Have what it takes to become an instructor?

Contact Workforce Development at (630) 906-4152,
or Equine Dreams at