The American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) was established in 1984 to help promote safe, knowledgeable riding instruction.

ARIA’s official quarterly magazine, Riding Instructor, keeps its member instructors well-informed of matters pertaining to their profession.

One of ARIA’s most successful means of meeting its goals has been to encourage instructors to attend its American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP).

ARICP Certification is meant for the serious, above-average instructor who teaches safely and in a professional, competent manner, with high standards of honesty and integrity.

ARICP certification testing is held at various locations throughout the country. Or, when a group of at least six instructors at a single location desire ARICP Certification, special arrangements can be made for testing at their location. It is also possible to test individually by appointment at the ARICP office in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Certified Instructors have nationally recognized credentials, improved employment prospects and are listed in the nationally distributed ARICP Directory of Certified Riding Instructors.

Nationally Recognized Certification Since 1984

Instructor Certification FAQ

Introduction
Earning your ARICP certification is an important step in your career. Having these credientials assures your clients of your knowledge as well as your comitment to safety and integrity. Discounts with some of the country’s leading insurance companies can also save you hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars.

What is ARICP?
Established in 1984, the American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP) is a program offered by The American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) to recognize and certify outstanding teachers of horseback riding who instruct their students in a safe, knowledgeable and professional manner.

Who is it for?
ARICP Certification is meant for the serious, above-average instructor who teaches safely and in a professional, competent manner, with high standards of honesty and integrity. Minimum age and experience requirements apply for each level of certification.

How does the certification procedure work?
ARICP certification is an important aspect of an instructor’s career and requires that candidates make it a priority. The certification process is accomplished by evaluating the instructor’s qualifications and teaching ability through written and oral testing, and, at Levels II and III, by a video submitted by the candidate. Instructors meeting the standards for a particular level will earn certification at that level. ARICP offers certification to instructors in three levels of experience and in 14 teaching specialties. To ensure that ARICP-Certified Instructors’ standards remain high, re-certification is required every 5 years. This also gives the instructor an opportunity to upgrade his/her level of certification and to add new teaching specialties.

Where is the certification testing held, and what is the fee?
The testing is conducted at one-day ARICP Test Centers held throughout the year at different locations around the country.
When a group of at least 6 instructors at a single location desire ARICP Certification, special arrangements can be made for testing at their site. It is also possible to test individually by appointment at ARICP’s office in Bonita Springs, Florida.

What are the advantages of being an ARICP Certified Instructor?
ARICP Certified Instructors have nationally recognized credentials. Their employment prospects are improved. ARICP Certified Instructors are listed in the nationally-distributed ARICP Directory of Certified Riding Instructors and on our Web site.

ARICP Certified Instructors may obtain insurance discounts through several major insurers. ARICP Certified Instructors also receive the quarterly magazine Riding Instructor.

Contributed By: The American Riding Instructors Association