Intl. members updated about the accreditation process
Trek to Accrediting
the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Today's topic: With the addition
of a credentialing council, will members have input into the
Actually, with the establishment of the PATH Intl.
Credentialing Council, certification won't look very different from
the way it operates now.
PATH Intl. Certifications have been constructed and maintained by
volunteer committees. Currently and historically, any changes to
testing processes, procedures, content, criteria or how evaluators
score the criteria are handled strictly by the pertinent
certification subcommittee with no formal input from the larger
membership. The chairs and subcommittee members are selected by
PATH Intl. staff based on their qualifications to represent the
views of the membership. The advantage of the Credentialing Council
model is that the whole of membership will have the opportunity to
vote for the members of the Credentialing Council, which will also
include a public member. This allows the council to best represent
PATH Intl. membership and general public interests.
The Credentialing Council's scope of authority will be strictly
within the realm of credentialing, meaning their primary duty will
be to ensure that PATH Intl. certification tests are created and
administered following the standards published by the National
Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). They will have no
influence on PATH Intl. strategic direction, which is always
carried out in partnership with the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees,
the CEO and membership. We are confident that the formation of the
Credentialing Council and the application of NCCA standards to our
certification development will not diminish the need to demonstrate
safety and the skills needed to be a qualified therapeutic riding
instructor. It is neither our intention to make the test easier nor
harder, but rather to create a certification that is recognized
both within and outside the industry as the best.
Have more questions about the bylaws vote pertaining to the
accreditation of the PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Certification? Watch this
webinar, available 24/7, for further details. You might also
visit this list of recent member questions
and comments or visit the webpage for past issues of this Trek to Accreditation eNews.
If you still have questions or feedback about this accreditation
process and/or the bylaws vote, please use this feedback link
where you can leave your comments, and if requested, someone will
get back to you.
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