The American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) serves as the certifying body of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and works hand-in-hand to achieve its mission: “Improve lives by advancing education, best practices, and resources for licensed healthcare professionals who incorporate horses in therapy.”


Professionalism and integrity within the practice area of hippotherapy remain the driving force of the AHCB since its inception in 1998 when it was formed by members of the AHA board. Its purpose then, as it is now, was to develop and maintain a method to validate the therapist’s knowledge through an objective testing tool. It is the on-going commitment of the AHCB to provide candidates for both the Hippotherapy Certification and Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist exams the most accurate, relevant, and up-to-date measurement tool possible in the course of the validation processes.

Apply for the examinations directly through AHCB at

For Examination Dates, Application deadlines, Eligibility requirements, and Fees, please click on the examination link below.