Newsletter: Accrediting the PATH Intl. CTRI Certification

(for PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Updates, click here)

November 23, 2019 - PICC Election 2019

October 28, 2019 - Tutorial: Transitioning to the CTRI Credential

October 11, 2019 - Nominations Reminder

September 30, 2019 - Applications Now Being Accepted for the PATH Intl. CTRI Certification

September 20, 2019 - CTRI Certification Exam Administration Windows for 2020

August 31, 2019 - Update

August 23, 2019 - Nomination Deadline Extended

August 7, 2019 - Nominations

July 30, 2019 - Nominations 

July 11, 2019 - How Do I Choose?

July 5, 2019 - Nominations Open for PICC

June 22, 2019 - PATH Intl. CTRI Certification Launch Delayed for Refining Based on Pilot Outcomes & CTRI Applicant Costs Released

April 24, 2019 - PATH Intl. CTRI Credential Transition Process Pilot is Open

April 5, 2019 - PATH Intl. CTRI Application Paperwork Pilot Is Open

March 21, 2019 - Pilot Update 

March 1, 2019 - Pilot Update

February 4, 2019 - It's Pilot Season

December 7, 2018 - Addressing Members' Questions: Riding Knowledge

November 16, 2018 - FAQs: The Transition of Currently Certified PATH Intl. Professionals and Instructor Candidates to the New PATH Intl. CTRI Credential

October 19, 2018 - FAQs: Implementation of the PATH Intl. CTRI

September 17, 2018 -- PICC Election Results

July 31, 2018 - PICC Nominations

July 13, 2018 - PICC Nominations Timeline Extended

June 26, 2018 - Nominations Open Reminder

June 6, 2018 - 2nd Annual PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Nominations Open as Election Approaches

January 19, 2018 - PICC Tasks and Accomplishments

December 28, 2017 - Initial Meeting of the PICC at the PATH Intl. Conference Summary

October 26, 2017 - The Job Task Analysis

September 9, 2017 - Announcing the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Representatives

August 21, 2017 - Ballot and Opening of the Election for the Inaugural Credentialing Council

August 18, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations are Being Finalized--Vote Next Week

July 28, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations Open - Watch the Instructional Webinar

July 17, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations Open

July 7, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations Open

June 30, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Eligibility and Nomination Process

PICC Job Descriptions    PICC Candidate Nomination Form    PICC Consent to Serve

May 18, 2017 - Laying the Foundation for the Credentialing Council

Credentialing Council Charter

January 9, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Development Workgroup tasks and deliverables

December 19, 2016 - The Credentialing Council Development Workgroup

November 22, 2016 - The bylaws were passed, what's next?

October 13, 2016 - With the addition of a credentialing council, will members have input into the certification tests?

October 7, 2016 - Recorded webinar about the upcoming bylaws vote available 24/7

September 13, 2016

Why Bylaws Change Votes Happen at the Annual Meeting
Credentialing Council Bylaw Addition

September 2, 2016

Credentialing Council Development Workgroup Sign up Form 2016
Credentialing Council Charter

August 2016

Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Q & A

From feedback we’ve received based on current communications, we have put together a list of recent member questions. When one person asks that usually means more are also wondering, so we are making this list available to all! Have questions of your own? Please use this feedback link and thank you!

Job Task Analysis: The trek continues...

Trek to Accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

As most of you know by now, one of the major initiatives in the PATH Intl. strategic plan is to achieve independent, third party accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in order to provide validation that our certification meets recognized credentialing standards. For a refresher on this this objective, read the Winter 2016 PATH Intl. Strides article on page 42. As mentioned in that article, one of the first major initiatives was to conduct a job task analysis (JTA) in order to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities a newly certified PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor should possess.
A group of subject matter experts, with guidance from the accreditation contractor and input from more than 1,000 PATH Intl. Certified Professionals, has completed their work. The final report is under review by staff at this point, but we wanted to share some interesting information with you, along with some of the details of the process.

The subject matter experts were carefully selected to statistically represent the diversity of PATH Intl. Certified Professionals. They are geographically diverse; and include different ages, genders and levels of experience (including Registered, Advanced and Master levels). Their first task was to learn what a legally defensible, and psychometrically sound, JTA is. After that, they worked together to define the basic skill set for an entry-level therapeutic riding instructor.  

A survey based on the knowledge, skills and abilities identified was then compiled and distributed to every certified professional member of PATH Intl. for input on the frequency with which an entry-level instructor is expected to perform certain tasks on the job. A big thank you to all the people who answered the survey! The contractor was amazed by the response rate.
Our members’ passion for this work came through not only in the response rate of the survey, but also in the many comments provided. There was careful review of the 1,500 comments to ensure no feedback was overlooked. The survey results were analyzed by a psychometrician to ensure the statistical validity of the responses and the absence of unintended biases.

The survey yielded interesting results. For example, the data revealed that nearly 30% of certified therapeutic riding instructor survey respondents do not ride equines as part of their job. Survey participants deemed that additional hours teaching individuals with disabilities should be required prior to certification and also assigned equal weights to the primary job task domains: equine handling, participant and volunteer management, lesson management, and risk management.

There is still much work to do. The final report will continue to be reviewed in preparation for the next phase: test development. This phase will decide the appropriate prerequisites and format for the future certification test.

Watch for future updates about the formation of a member workgroup that will help inform these decisions and give input to the formation of the credentialing body that will be the part of PATH Intl. that independently focuses on serving the public. 

PATH Intl. Undergoes Its Own Accreditation


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