Cheff Center: Augusta MI



Potential Students and Parents

PATH International Certification Clinics

Cheff is proud to be a partner with PATH International as an advocate of continued education for Therapeutic Riding. Because we feel strongly that quality education and appropriate certification standards for instructors are essential, Cheff offers PATH International On Site Registered Level Instructor Certification Workshops, Certifications, and  Prep Clinics bi annually.  

Registered Level Information:


The Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center has fine tuned a "Prep Clinic" designed specifically for those individuals planning on going through the PATH International certification process.

This enhanced TWO DAY long instructional course is taught by a PATH International certified Advanced level evaluator, Kim Berggeren and Advanced level instructor, Emily Kalin, and gives participants a realistic idea of what the process is like and how they may score in an actual test setting.   The majority of the course is spent in the barn doing hands on activities including individual teaching evaluations and riding tests which simulate actual testing.

This course has been re-tooled in response to participant's feedback.  The new TWO DAY course will look in depth at lesson planning, disabilities, How's, What's and Why's, riding skills, and horse assessment. 

Attendees will be evaluated on teaching a lesson on Saturday and performing the riding pattern on Sunday.  Everyone will walk away with a report card detailing their strengths and areas that need improvement along with the confidence of knowing where they stand with the testing process.  

Feedback from this clinic has been overwhelmingly positive, and to date, over 95% of those who have gone through the clinic and decided to attend the OSWC at Cheff have passed.  Participation is strongly recommended.  Limited seating available.

Registered Level Prep Clinic Reviews:

"Fun experience!  Would highly suggest this program for (anyone seeking) better prep!"

"If I certify, it will definitely be at Cheff... I came just looking to learn more, but left feeling like it was a great thing to pursue."

"I was hesitant to come because of the price, but the opportunity for feedback was too good to pass up. I enjoyed the day and I received excellent feedback to work on in the future."

"Leaving with a much better understanding of what to expect, strengths/weaknesses and suggestions on what/how to improve."

"Felt like I could ask anything."

"I think this prep clinic helped me to know what i need to work on. I thought the program was well organized and would recommend it to others"

"I feel (the instructor) did a great job giving positive criticism without making you feel bad or horrible. I enjoyed the day- would come for a 2 day too!"

"Wonderful instructor- clear, calm, and to the point."

"This gave me a better understanding of all the parts to teaching and riding and how to explain them. It really shows weaknesses in a constructive format."

"I feel much more prepared for the final certification."

"Worth the price!"

2018 Dates 

February 24-25 (registration deadline February 16th)

August 4-5 (registration deadline July 27th)

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PATH International Registered Level On Site Workshop and Certification

This course is the required avenue for acquiring your PATH Registered Instructor Certification (1st level.)

2018 Dates 

April 4-7 (Amy Newman/Tasha Federinko) - Registration Deadline: March 3rd
September 12-15 (Mary Jo Beckman/Melissa Conner) - Registration Deadline: August 11th

    Topics Covered

    The 2 ½ day workshop is open to PATH members 18 years of age or older. Some topics covered include:

    • Disabilities
    • Task analysis
    • Horse analysis/equipment
    • Learning styles
    • Goals and objectives
    • Mounting and dismounting
    • Qualities of an instructor
    • Lesson plans
    • Volunteers
    • Teaching techniques/demos
    • Riding skills (videos)
    • Skill progression


    Certification testing for the Registered Level consists of successfully completing a riding pattern and teaching a 20 minute class. Contact PATH International at 1-800-369-7433 or go to their website at to obtain the Registered Instructor Certification Program booklet which contains all information necessary information and the application form. You will receive a more detailed description of Phase One and Phase Two of the certification process when you apply for Certification.

    In order to attend our PATH International Registered Instructor Certification, you must have:

    • Submitted the Registered Instructor Certification Application, fee, and copies of current CPR and First Aid cards to PATH International
    • Completed and passed the PATH International Instructor Standards Course (score of 90% or better) and the PATH International Instructor Self-Study Course (score of 92% or better.)
    • Completed at least 25 hours teaching therapeutic riding lessons under the guidance of a PATH Certified Instructor
    • Received your confirmation of Instructor-In-Training status letter prior to our due date (TBA closer to certification clinic)*

    * You must provide us with a copy of your Confirmation of Instructor-In-Training status letter with your registration and payment in order to attend


    Workshop Only ................................. $400*
    Certification Only............................... $400*
    Workshop & Certification Testing.....$775*

    * Fees include lunches

    Late Fee:

    Registration is due March 3rd (for Spring) or August 11th (for Fall)

    A Late Fee of $25 will be required for registrations received after the deadlines

    Optional Fees:

    Lodging at:

    Candlewood Suites 

    *** Mention Cheff Center at the hotel listed above for our special corporate rate!***

    Thursday Night Practice Ride

    Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the workshop/certification minus an administration fee of $100. No refunds will be given the week of the certification.


    Space in the Workshop & Certification will be limited and fills quickly. Registrations will be accepted in the order received and a waiting list kept when capacity is reached. You will receive your Phase Two Packet with candidate forms and lodging information after your Registration, Confirmation of Instructor-In-Training status letter and payment are received.

    Download the 2018 Registered Level On Site Workshop/Certification Registration Packet HERE

    Workshop only Attendees: Return Cheff Registration form and a copy of your PATH International membership card.

    Workshop/Certification Candidates: Return Cheff Registration form, lodging form, a copy of your PATH International Instructor-In-Training (IT) letter, your PATH International membership card, and front & back copies of your CPR and First Aid cards.

    Certification Only Candidates: Return Cheff Registration form, lodging form, and copies of your PATH International Instructor-In-Training (IT) letter, On-Site Workshop Certificate, your PATH International membership card, and front & back copies of your CPR and First Aid cards.

    Mail the above with full payment to:

    Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
    Jane Kalin, PATH International Workshop/Certification Coordinator
    8450 North 43rd St
    Augusta, MI 49012

    For any questions feel free to call or email Jane at 269.731.4471 or gro.retnecffehc@enaj

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