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The Fall 2014 issue of Riding Instructor Magazine

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ARIA certification has been nationally recognized for 30 years, and entitles you to discounts with many leading insurance companies. Earning your certificate shows your students that you have made the effort to complete thorough and rigorous testing through a proven and respected program.

"Getting certified by ARIA was one of the best things I have ever done!"
-- Robin Wolff, Oneida, New York

"I found the process for testing to be challenging but extremely rewarding."
-- Julie Thomas, Denton, Texas

"ARIA is a wonderful and very professional organization."
-- Beth Kuhn, Howell, Michigan

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ARIA celebrates 30 years of Innovation!

ARIA offers:

Association Membership, open to all.

Benefits of membership include:

  • A subscription to Riding Instructor magazine, a full color, glossy, quarterly publication
  • Insurance discounts with such top-rated companies as Markel
  • FREE classified ads on the ARIA website
  • Membership card and color decal for your automobile.

Instructor Certification.

Candidates for nationally-recognized ARIA certification attend an ARIA Test Center in order to be tested and evaluated. (ARIA does not offer, nor has it ever offered, online testing.)
Test Center Dates and Locations [PDF]
Test Center Registration

In order to maintain ARIA's credibility and high standards, each facet of ARIA's originally-designed evaluation program is protected by copyright, and may not be copied or used in any way without prior written permission.

ARIA Certification
In a Class of its Own

For the most up-to-date list, see Test Center Schedule and Locations [PDF].

ARIA has been certifying riding instructors and stable managers since 1984, and offers certification at three different levels and in 15 disciplines: Hunt Seat over Fences, Hunt Seat on the Flat, Dressage, Show Jumping, Driving, Eventing, Western Pleasure & Equitation, Reining, Mounted Patrol Training Officer, Stable Management, Recreational Riding, Saddle Seat, Distance Riding, Riding to Hounds, and Side-Saddle.

Nationally recognized and meaningful, the ARIA Certification Program uses a carefully designed and thought-out system of checks and balances to determine the earning of certification. A team of evaluators, located in various parts of the country, assess all aspects of each candidate's demonstrated knowledge of the discipline he/she wishes to teach, attention to professionalism and safety, and business and personal integrity. Even at Level 1, ARIA certification is hard-earned, which makes it respected and important. Major insurance companies recognize ARIA Certification, and offer those instructors a substantial discount on their insurance needs.

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