Keeping PATH Intl. members updated about the Accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor  Certification
Trek to Accrediting
the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

May 19, 2017
Steady progress in the trek to accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification continues. The credentialing council development workgroup has concluded their work in laying the foundation for the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC). Key tasks accomplished by the workgroup over the last two months include:

1)      Finalized the credentialing council charter. The workgroup was assigned to research existing credentialing council models of organizations currently accredited by the National Council for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The credentialing council charter submitted by the work group was approved by the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees at its May meeting. According to the charter the purpose of the credentialing council is:

The PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) is an autonomous body of the association responsible for the development, maintenance and administration of the professional certification and center accreditation programs of PATH Intl. The PICC has sole decision-making authority for all certification program policies regarding certification eligibility requirements; recertification requirements; examination development, administration and scoring; grievance and disciplinary policies for certificants; and the appointment and oversight of subject matter expert committees. The PICC also has sole decision making authority for all center accreditation program policies regarding center eligibility requirements; reaccreditation requirements, administration and scoring; and grievance and disciplinary policies for accredited centers.

You may find a complete copy of the credentialing council charter here.
2)      Developed nomination processes and forms for credentialing council candidates. There will be a maximum of 12 voting representatives on the PICC. One individual representing each of the following positions is ideal. If any position goes unfilled, it will remain vacant until the next nominating and voting cycle.
  • PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor - Registered level
  • PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor - Advanced level
  • PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor - Master level
  • PATH Intl. Registered Therapist /American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) - Level 2
  • PATH Intl. Certified Driving Instructor - Level 1 or Level 2
  • PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
  • PATH Intl. Certified Interactive Vaulting Instructor
  • PATH Intl. Lead Site Visitor
  • PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Representative - Smaller Center (under $300,000 in EAAT revenue)
  • PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Representative - Larger Center (over $300,000 in EAAT revenue)
  • Representative at large (must be either a representative from a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center or hold a PATH Intl. Certification)
  • Public member - must represent the population served by PATH Intl. certification and accreditation and meet National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) standards for a public member representative. The public member cannot be certified through PATH Intl., work for any EAAT center or be a member of PATH Intl.
  3)      Identified key skills and qualifications for credentialing council candidates based on examples provided by the Institute of Credentialing Excellence. This will inform the PICC candidate criteria. Look for more details on skills, qualifications and criteria in the coming weeks.
4)      Created a nomination review task force responsible for verifying the qualifications and eligibility of nominees before they are accepted as credentialing council candidates. Individuals from the credentialing council development workgroup will serve as the initial nomination review task force. In future years, applications for the nomination review task force will be accepted via the same procedures as all other PATH Intl. committees and task forces. Names of the task force will be published at the end of May 2017 when the task force is finalized.
5)      Established a scoring rubric for the nomination review task force to use in determining candidates qualified to be included on the election ballot. Look for more details on the scoring rubric in the coming weeks.
What's next?
Look for an announcement of the names of the nomination review task force; the PICC candidate skills, qualifications and criteria; and a nomination form and election timeline!
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