Professional Certification for Equine Professionals

The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) is the premiere independent certification for mental health professionals and educators who incorporate equine into their mental health, coaching or education practice.

CBEIP Certification

The CBEIP oversees two certifications, the CEIP-MH and the CEIP-ED. The credentials indicate verification of extensive professional experience and independent assessment of knowledge for including equine interactions within mental health (MH) or education/coaching professions (ED).

CEIP Mental Health

The Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP) credential for mental health professionals (CEIP-MH) indicates verification of extensive professional experience and independent assessment of knowledge for incorporating equine interactions within therapy practice..

CEIP Education

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.

Recertification

Your CEIP certification is valid for three (3) years, and may easily be renewed online. For CEIP-MH, recertification happens either through Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or retaking of the exam.

Examination is delivered in different ways depending on the credential. CEIP-MH candidates take a computer-based 150 item multiple-choice test. The questions are designed by equine interaction professionals practicing in North America and the test content undergoes a regular review process. Questions are reviewed for construction, accuracy, and appropriateness by the members of the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals, and the passing score for the examinations are determined using recognized psychometric methods. The test is weighted in the following manner: assessment, evaluation, and planning (25%), treatment delivery including equine interactions (60%), and administration and risk management (15%).

Examination for CEIP-ED candidates is provided in two parts: through an open book test and through a portfolio review. Prior to completing either professional must meet eligibility requirements and provide formal documentation of prior experience, education, and training. Each credential is valid for three years at a time.

 

About Certification

The Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP) credential indicates verification of extensive professional experience and independent assessment of knowledge for incorporating equine interactions within professional services. The credential does not represent a single method or approach, but instead helps others recognize professional knowledge and experience. While the CBEIP cannot warrant the performance of any individual certificant, board certification in equine interactions provides recognition of significant experience and knowledge.

There are two certifications offered by the CBEIP, one for mental health professionals who hold a license at either a master or doctoral level of practice (CEIP-MH), and one for education, coaching, or other learning professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree (CEIP-ED). A pathway option requiring additional experience is available for CEIP-ED candidates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree. Certification in either category requires a minimum of three years of experience in the associated profession, documented hours of delivering services that include equine interactions, and 120 hours of education and training in addition to examination.

 

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About Us

Our Mission

The Mission of the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) is to promote voluntary, independent certification by examination and verification of professional experience for those who incorporate equines into their mental health or education/coaching practice.

Our Board

The CBEIP is based in the U.S. with Canadian and Australian representation on the board. Examination is internationally accessible and applicants from all over the world are welcome. The CBEIP provided its first examinations in 2007.

Our Values

Equine Welfare
Professional Standards
Responsibility
Connection
Integrity

"Whether you are a seasoned in the field or just beginning your journey, CBEIP can serve as a compass, guiding you toward the highest standards of practice."

"Achieving a CEIP designation offers a third party, independent verification of your dedication to achieving an extensive level of experience and knowledge."

"Certification through CBEIP signifies your commitment to excellence and connects you with a premier network of dedicated professionals."