Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP) – Education

Testing Period (ED candidates)
Application Deadline: March 30, June 30 and September 30
Portfolio Process (see Section)

The Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP) credential for educators, coaches and other learning professionals (CEIP-ED) indicates verification of extensive professional experience and independent assessment of knowledge for incorporating equine interactions within your work. The CEIP-ED credential does not represent a single method or approach, but instead helps clients and colleagues recognize your professional knowledge and experience in this area of work. While the CBEIP cannot warrant the performance of any individual certificant, board certification in equine interactions provides recognition of significant experience and knowledge.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher degree)
  • Pathway for those not holding a bachelor’s degree: Instead of a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of a high school diploma and a minimum of five (5) years of professional service or full time equivalent experience in the field of human education or coaching is required
  • Have three (3) years of professional service or full time equivalent experience in the field of human education or coaching
  • Have at least 1000 hours of documented delivery of education services/coaching with equine interactions
  • Have at least 120 hours total of documented education and training in the following categories:
    • Direct facilitation training in equine interaction for (40 hours minimum)
    • Attendance at equine interaction conference, workshop, or method training (40 hours minimum)
    • Formal training in equine behavior/horsemanship (40 hours minimum)

Application Information

There are three yearly examination deadlines for the CEIP-ED. However, you may submit your application packet at any time during the year.

Yearly examination (portfolio) submission deadlines for CEIP-ED:

March 30, June 30 and September 30

Your application must be complete, submitted, and reviewed by the CBEIP to be eligible for the CEIP-ED certification process. The CBEIP will determine your examination window based on the timing of your application review. During your examination window you must be ready to complete two examinations within 30 days.


Start your process by reviewing the CBEIP Handbook, the CEIP-ED application form, and the CBEIP Code of Ethics


Compile your application packet:

  1. Completed CEIP-ED Application Form
  2. Signed CBEIP Code of Ethics
  3. Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of your Bachelor’s Degree (unless following Pathway eligibility option)
  5. Evidence of each completed education and training (120 hours total)
  6. Certification fee: $325 (USD) (check made to: CBEIP)


Upload and email your completed application packet, ( log sheets) and supporting documentation as required to [email protected]. The certification fee ( 325.00 USD) is due at with your application packet submission, and can be paid on line. Please go to Check Out, on this website and select and pay the appropriate fee from the Application Fees dropdown menu.

For individual support in the certification process please email [email protected] and request an education mentor.


Examination is provided in two parts: through a portfolio review and an open book test.

Part one of the examination involves completing a portfolio which must be submitted to the CBEIP within 14 days.

Part two of the examination is an open book, multiple choice test, sent via email. The exam must be completed within 14 days and returned via email to the CBEIP.

The CBEIP will notify you of your results and that you have received a passing score to become CEIP-ED certified.

In order to complete your portfolio, please choose from the following options for 50 points total:

Item Description Points per unit Maximum points
Facilitation Session Case Present, describe and analyze your actions relative to a session with a participant (see detailed instructions) 20 points per separate case. 40 points (2 cases)
Letters of Reference Solicit two letters of reference, one from a colleague in equine interactions, one from another professional (cannot be a family member or relative) 10 points for two references 10 points (two references).
Additional time in profession Length of time in education or learning profession (including as a credentialed life or business coach) in addition to eligibility requirement = minimum 3 years). Unit of 5 additional years = more than 8 years in profession. 10 points for 8 years or longer in profession. 10 points (8 years in profession)
Additional hours of equine interaction services Hours beyond the eligibility requirement of 1000. Units of 250 hours. 10 points for every additional 250 hour unit beyond 1000. 20 points (2 x 250 = 500 hours)
Workshop facilitation   Facilitation of a workshop/training relative to equine interaction services for a minimum of 2.5 hours in length. Workshop/training can be co-facilitated with another professional 10 points for facilitating a workshop/training 10 points (one workshop/training)

Detailed Instructions for the Facilitation Session Case Portfolio Option

Choose a session with an individual participant or group that you have provided and provide a written description per instructions below, using these exact section headings, sequence of sections, and noting word limits:

Section 1) Description of session

Provide an overview of the specific interactions/activities in the session (individual or group session)

Maximum 350 words

Section 2) Reasoning and intentions for the activities and sequence of interactions in the session

Discuss choices relative to participant needs

Maximum 350 words

Section 3) Analysis of your approach and actions in the session

Discuss theoretical underpinnings, the interactions between participant(s) and horses in the session, and your attention to staying within the learning/coaching scope. What did you do and what could you have done differently?

Maximum 350 words

Section 4) Assessment of risk

Include both emotional and physical risk assessment for participant, horse(s), self, and how you managed risk in the session (inclusive of paperwork and safety guidelines for participant to follow in the session).

Maximum 350 words


Candidates who meet the application criteria and pass the examination will be granted status as a Certified Equine Interaction Professional – Education  (CEIP-ED). They are eligible to use the registered designation “CEIP-ED” after their names and will receive proof of certification from the CBEIP. A registry of all CEIPs is maintained by the CBEIP, and certificants may be referenced in its publications.


Certification as a CEIP is in effect for a period of three (3) years. Candidates can maintain their certification through complying with continuing education requirements for recertification.

Certification Board of Equine Interaction