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Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association

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CTRAI Information

What is CanTRA Certification

The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association administers an internationally recognized instructor certification program. We train instructors to teach in therapeutic riding centres across the country and offer four levels of certification - Assistant instructor, Intermediate Instructor, Instructor and CanTRA Coach.

What is a CTRAI?

A CTRAI is a therapeutic riding instructor who is certified to teach one student at a time, giving safe and enjoyable riding instruction to children and adults with disabilities.

The CTRAI works under the direction of CanTRA Intermediate Instructor, Instructor or CanTRA Coach and assists with the preparation of the class and training of volunteers.

What Will it Cost?

CanTRA has implemented a "tuition" type system for all levels of certification so it is easier to track candidates and to plan technical evaluations and examinations. This system also makes it easier for you to budget for the costs of certification and you have specific timelines to submit information. The other advantage is that we'll have a better sense of how people are progressing and can help make sure a candidate is "ready" to take a technical or exam before they are scheduled in.

To Complete CTRAI certification, our assumption is that it takes the average candidate two years to complete the process.The total cost is $1,025.00 with a $205.00 deposit and the balance paid quarterly over one year. This tuition includes your CanTRA Membership for two years, your Instructor Manual, CTRAI Home Study and Home Study Review, your CTRAI Technical Evaluation and related costs, your CTRAI exam and related costs, your CTRAI certificate and Badge.

Please click the Buy Now button below to pay your $205 deposit now and be charged 4 more quarterly payments of $205 over the next year.

If you wish to pay your full tuition of $1025 in full now please click the Buy Now button below.
Click here for the application form Certification Registration Form

What are the Requirements?

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age. During your certification period, you must meet the following requirements (time lines are counted from date of registration):


PRE-REQUISITES DUE/ educational milestones

By 3 months

  • Minimum age 18
  • Standard First Aid/CPR certification

By 6 months

By 15 months

  • Submit completed CTRAI Home Study
  • Complete a minimum of 100 Hours with a CanTRA Therapeutic Riding Program (under review)
  • Submit a Draft Student Report

By 18 months

  • Attend Preparatory CTRAI Workshop or Submit documentation of mentoring hours
  • Technical Evaluation

By 21 months

  • Obtain mentoring from a CTRII, CTRI or CanTRA Coach

By 24 months

  • Submit Final Student Report
  • CTRAI Exam

Click here to download the Lesson Plan form.

This is a guideline and we can speed the process up or slow it down on an individual basis - our goal is to help you be successful!

How do I find a CanTRA Centre?

Contact CanTRA or check our centre map and list for a full list of member centres in your area.

What if I need help?

During the process, if you're having trouble finding someone to give you feedback, mentor you, etc., you can contact the CanTRA office and we'll connect you with someone who can help you.

If you are in a remote area, we can also use strategies such as videotaping, so an expert in another part of the country can "watch you" and provide you with feedback and advice.

How do I get started?

To register, simply complete a Certification Registration Form and submit it to the CanTRA office. Forms can also be obtained by contacting the CanTRA office at (519) 767-0700 or by e-mail at

Once you are registered, we will send you your instructor manual and Home Study and you're on your way!