Communication to the membership:

As fellow members and representatives of members on the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC), we know that the dedication and passion of the PATH Intl. membership is exceptionally strong. We realize that our last communication has raised a lot of questions and concerns. We want to be as clear and transparent as possible about the process of developing the PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor credential. At the PICC meeting in Orlando on October 24th and 25th, we had a productive conversation about the comments and concerns of the membership that were brought up following the recent announcement for the prerequisite requirements of the new PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) process that will be replacing the current PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification to meet NCCA standards. Many of the current questions and concerns will be addressed more fully in the coming days by the information we have planned to share. Please know that throughout the process, we are making every effort to communicate the advancements being made to resolve questions and concerns quickly and thoroughly. 

We covered three main objectives in our meeting. First, we spent considerable time discussing details of the prerequisite application packet. In particular, we first focused on the PATH Intl. CTRI prerequisite criteria and details of the rubric for the teaching video that new certification candidates will be required to submit. Second, we began to formally develop policies for certification maintenance for all PATH Intl. CTRIs. Finally, we discussed the process by which current existing PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructors will transition their existing certification to the PATH Intl. CTRI credential. We aim to develop a process for transition that is reasonable and accessible for current instructors (at the registered, advanced and master levels) to complete. Although details of the transition process are still being decided upon, the transition process will be gradual to coincide with membership renewal cycles, giving instructors and administration time to make the transition smoothly. This process will be announced early next year. If mentors would like to complete the transition sooner to gain a better understanding of the process early during the pilot implementation, please contact Bret Maceyak

Piloting of the new PATH Intl. CTRI process will begin in January 2019. Provided the pilot goes smoothly, we will proceed with full implementation of the finalized process in July 2019. If the pilot reveals significant reworking is required, full implementation of the new process may be postponed. 

Please watch your email for a series of announcements from now through the end of January 2019 as we release formal application paperwork along with in-depth explanations, sample applications, and sample teaching videos. All information will be released in a specific order to illustrate how each component builds on the next to create a full picture of a qualified candidate. The next email communication to you will occur next week when we will release details about the certification maintenance processes for the PATH Intl. CTRI credential, which will replace what is currently the annual registered instructor compliance process. 

Thank you for your continued support. If you have further questions, please direct them to Bret Maceyak .