Mental Health

CEIP-MH Certification for mental health professionals


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


  • Are licensed to practice psychotherapy (counseling, social work, substance abuse counseling, psychology, etc.) in the state (or non-U.S. equivalent) where they provide services
  • Have three (3) years of professional service or full time equivalent experience in providing mental health services
  • Have at least 300 hours with client present of documented delivery of mental health services 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 min)
    • Attendance at equine interaction conference, workshop, or method training (40 hours min)
    • Formal training in equine behavior/horsemanship (40 hours min)

Application Information

There is one yearly examination window for the CEIP-MH. Please see the CBEIP Handbook for current dates.

Step 1

Start your process by reviewing the CBEIP Handbook, and the CBEIP Code of Ethics:

Step 2

Submit your application & information. This includes:

  1. Complete CEIP-MH Application Form online
  2. Signed CBEIP Code of Ethics
  3. Your Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of current license to practice independently at master or doctoral level
  5. Evidence of each completed education and training (120 hours total)
  6. Certification fee: $325 (USD)

Step 3

Submit payment & additional information

If you have any questions, are submitting a PDF vs online application, or need to submit in any supplemental information (ie log sheets) please send via email to The certification fee ($325.00 USD) is due with your application packet submission, and can be paid via the online form or via our online shop. 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 and request a mental health mentor.


Examination is done through a multiple choice test. You must receive a passing score on the test to become certified.

After your application packet has been received and reviewed for eligibility, you will receive information about how to schedule an appointment to take the exam.


Candidates who meet the application criteria and pass the examination will be granted status as a Certified Equine Interaction Professional – Mental Health  (CEIP-MH). They are eligible to use the registered designation “CEIP-MH” 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.

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If you’re ready to show the world your expertise and knowledge with a reputable organization, we invite you to become CEIP Certified…

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