Understanding Certification

The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals promotes voluntary, independent certification by examination, for those who incorporate equines into their mental health or education practices. Certification focuses specifically on the individual, and is one indication of current competence in the specialized field.


Certification of equine mental health and education professionals provides formal recognition of basic knowledge in this field.

Some certifications are focused on a specific task or method within a professional field. However, independent certifications, such as the one granted by the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals, reflect standards set by members of the equine interaction profession (providers of mental health therapy, educational and/or interactive services with horses).



Certification provides a benchmark of sufficient knowledge, documented by the passing of a comprehensive examination by an independent certifying organization, and demonstrates basic proficiency in the specialized field of equine interaction practice.

Certification identifies equine interaction professionals to potential clients, insurers, discipline-specific professional boards, referring agencies, and the general public as signifying professionalism, specialized training and understanding in the field of equine interaction



  • To provide documented evidence of examination for professionals by an independent professional certifying organization, and being found to possess sufficient knowledge about the specialized field of equine interaction services in mental health or education

  • To establish a benchmark of knowledge required for certification of professionals who provide equine interaction services in mental health, education, and/or equine interaction

  • To provide reinforcement for continued personal and professional growth in the field

  • To provide a resource to easily access highly qualified equine interaction service providers

  • To provide a network, direction and focus for new professionals in the field seeking to increase their levels of knowledge and skill

  • To promote safe practice by ensuring that certified providers possess minimum education and knowledge, and participate in required continuing education

  • To increase the integrity of the field of equine interaction services in mental health and education

Revocation of Certification


Certification will be revoked for any of the following reasons:

  1. Falsification of information in an application

  2. Breach of ethical standards of professional practice

  3. Misrepresentation of certification status


If an individual wishes to challenge revocation of board certification they may do so by addressing the CBEIP Appeals Committee in writing.