The Pennsylvania Qualified Instructor Training Program (PQI) is designed to be one part of a therapeutic riding instructor's education and certification process. Certification is offered at three levels: Instructor-in-Training, Instructor and Master Instructor
Therapists, program administrators, medical and mental health professionals, riding instructors, volunteers, parents and other interested individuals whose goal is to increase their knowledge about therapeutic riding will find the Instructor-in-Training Level a good source for continuing their education.
It is impossible to provide all of the information and practical application required to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor over the course of Phase I (4 days) and Phase II (4 days). It is expected that the Instructor Level Candidate should already possess a base knowledge of horses, riding, disabilities and teaching.
Instructors who have accumulated sufficient teaching hours and possess a broad-based level of knowledge who are interested in becoming the "teachers-of-the-teachers" may want to pursue the Master Level certification.
CECTH issues the PQI Certificate to individuals who have successfully completed the PQI Training Phases I and II and achieve a passing score on the Phase III evaluation -- an on-site evaluation conducted by a team of PQI evaluators at the instructor's own program (or program of choice).