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Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Centers become eligible to apply for accreditation when they have been a member in good standing for at least one full year. Center Accreditation Training (CAT) Courses are offered and applications are accepted year-round. Please note that this process also applies to those centers that wish to maintain accreditation status.
After you’ve carefully read though the Accreditation and Reaccreditation Booklet, if you still have questions about the accreditation process please log in to Community Connections and join the Standards & Accreditation group using your Path Intl. email address and password. The members of the PATH Intl. Accreditation Subcommittee along with your peers will be there to answer any questions you may have about the accreditation process and the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification and Accreditation manual.
Step One - Training
A designated Center Representative (chosen by your center and must be a PATH Intl. individual member) will need to complete a CAT Course or the Standards Course. This course is mandatory to apply for accreditation and is designed to review the PATH Intl. standards to ensure that all centers applying for accreditation fully understand those standards and are secure in the knowledge that their center is in compliance with them.
Step Two - Applying
An application for accreditation is submitted to the PATH Intl. office within a year of completion of the CAT course or Standards Course. Application is submitted with all supporting documentation, a $150 application fee, a list of PATH Intl. certified instructors and directions to the center. To obtain an accreditation application click here to download or call the PATH Intl. office.
Step Three - The Visit
The assigned Lead Visitor will contact the center to set up a mutually agreeable date for the site visit to take place. The site visit takes place and all score forms are forwarded to the PATH Intl. office.
Step Four - Notification
The PATH Intl. Accreditation Committee reviews the site visit score and file. Official results are sent to the applicant center from the PATH Intl. office. Results are generally sent out on a quarterly basis following review by the Accreditation Committee.
For more detailed information on the site-visit process, see section B of the PATH Intl. Standards for Certification & Accreditation manual.