Code of Ethics

The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) promotes high ethical practice for equine interaction professionals.


The code of ethics provides information about the professional standards and conduct to which Certified Equine Interaction Professionals (CEIPs) hold themselves.

CEIPs are responsible to ensure that their behavior adheres to the standards identified in the Certification Board of Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) Code of Ethics.

Holders of a certification conferred by the Certifying Board of Equine Interaction Professionals shall abide by the Code of Ethics.

Certificants shall, in their professional activities, sustain and advance the integrity, honor, and prestige of this profession by adherence to these standards.

CBEIP Code of Ethics


The Certified Equine Interaction Professional will:

1. Hold paramount the safety and health of people and animals in the performance of professional duties; and exercise the obligation to advise clients, students, employers, employees, bystanders, and appropriate authorities of danger and unacceptable risks

2. Maintain honesty, fairness, impartiality, and act with responsibility and integrity

3. Avoid all conduct or practice that is likely to discredit the profession or deceive the public

4. Accept responsibility to maintain and continue one’s professional development and competence

5. Act in a manner free of bias with regard to religion, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation

6. Adhere to the highest standards of practice and ethics of one’s own professional field of Mental Health and/or Education

7. Adhere to the highest standards of practice and ethics of the equine interaction professional organization to which the certificate holder belongs

8. Abide by all country/federal and state/providence laws and act, when necessary, as a mandated reporter

9. Acknowledge and respond to the necessity of responsible care for their equine colleagues, recognizing the unique character, psychology, physiology, heart and desire of the equine

10. Offer services only within the scope of his/her practice, competence, education, training and expertise

11. Avoid actions which falsify or misrepresent one’s professional qualifications

12. Avoid dual relationships with clients or former clients in which there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client; in situations where dual relationships are unavoidable, the certificate holder is responsible for setting clear, appropriate and sensitive boundaries; sexual involvement with a client or former client exploits emotions deriving from the professional interaction, and is inappropriate and unethical

13. Urge changes in the lives of participants only in their behalf, and in the interest of promoting change related to the issue(s) the certificate holder is charged to intervene with and/or promote learning and growth; clients will not be pressed to adopt beliefs and behaviors that reflect the certificate holder’s value system rather than their own

14. Support this code of ethics, and all other codes of ethics and standards related to the certificate holder’s practice, by discussing suspect ethical concerns with the individuals involved and/or reporting, by letter, infractions of ethical standards to appropriate sources