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Code of Ethics & Values Statement

Code of Ethics
  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
    unavoidable 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 including but not limited to 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 certification 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, behavior
    and nature of the equine.
  10. Offer services only within the scope of his/her practice, competence, education,
    training and expertise.
  11. Avoid actions that 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 certification holder is responsible for setting clear,
    appropriate and sensitive boundaries. Sexual involvement with a client or former
    client is inappropriate and unethical.
  13. Promote change in the lives of participants only related to the issue(s) the
    certification holder is charged with and/or promote general learning and growth.
    Clients will not be pressed to adopt beliefs and behaviors that reflect the
    certification holder’s value system rather than their own.
  14. Abide by this code of ethics and all other codes of ethics and standards related to
    the certification holder’s practice by discussing suspected ethical concerns with the individuals involved and/or reporting by letter infractions of ethical standards to appropriate sources.
CBEIP Values Statement

The following are the major values endorsed by the Certification Board for Equine Professionals (CBEIP). These values statements outline the responsibilities and standards which those certified by CBEIP are expected to endorse and uphold.

Note: Items are not listed in order of importance - all are equally valued.

Equine Welfare: Horses and humans are interacting in learning and therapeutic programs that facilitate healthy human-animal bonds to improve relationships, mental health and overall wellbeing. It is expected that such interactions will take place in a compassionate way that supports and respects the welfare and safety considerations of both human and horse.

Professional Standards: Those certified should maintain professional standards by staying up to date on most current methods and science through continuing education. It is expected that those endorsed by CEIP continue in good standing within their individual professional role, along with adhering to the CEIP overall Code of Ethics.

Responsibility: The certified equine professional has the obligation to behave in a professional and ethical manner, accountable for their actions and behaviours, at all times. The safety of all involved is part of that responsibility. The certified professional has a duty to give greatest consideration to their clients and equine partners, and to ensure that others also respect those persons and animals.

Integrity: It is expected that all will work to improve internal organizational integrity and empower integrity among our members by:

  1. Always seeking to improve the standards and processes of our certifications.
  2. Providing clear and effective support both during certification preparation and to certified members so that “pre- and post-certified” members continue to become industry leaders who uphold sound ethical standards and excellence in practice.  

Connection: Connection will be enhanced by:

(i) Developing and strengthening a community network within the CEIP that provides all members the ability to be actively connected to the organization (and its mission) and to other individual members.

(ii) Enhancing the network of human and equine/animal interaction services by developing intentional relationships with targeted organizations and institutes that are relevant to educational and mental health services, such as education and mental health associations , universities, and liability insurance companies.


Important Dates 


September 30


November 30


March 30, June 30 and September 30 


To be determined upon submission of application and portfolio.