PATH Intl. Policies

Association Business Policies

Grace Period Policy - Certification
Grace Period Policy - Membership
Grace Period Policy - New Center Program
Instructor Certification Application Refund Policy
PAC Host Policy
PAC Reinstatement Policy
Standards Development

 


 

Premier Accredited Center Reinstatement Policy

A PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center within the center’s five year accreditation term that does not renew its center membership before the end of the 90-day membership grace period (per the Membership Grace Period Policy available on the PATH Intl. website) and thus has an expired membership must:

  1. Rejoin the association
  2. Follow a reinstatement process for accreditation

 

Time Past Membership Expiration

Reinstatement Fee
(as of 7/1/2011)

Reinstate Accreditation Status
90 days to 6 months $50 + outstanding accreditation invoices
  • Complete the PATH Intl. Accreditation Self-Study form
  • Complete the Center Accreditation/Standards course and successfully complete the exam
6 months to 1 years $100 + outstanding accreditation invoices
  • Complete the PATH Intl. Accreditation Self-Study form
  • Complete the Center Accreditation/Standards course and successfully complete the exam
  • Visit by site visitors. Site visitors travel expenses to be reimbursed by the center.  Site visitors submit observations and recommendations to Accreditation Subcommittee.  Accreditation Subcommittee makes final recommendation for reinstatement.*

Centers that rejoin after one year will join as a PATH Intl. Center Member.  Centers that wish to accredit after the change in status need to be a center member in good standing for one year after rejoining before applying for accreditation and must also pay any outstanding accreditation balances from their previous Premier Accredited Center status.

*The Accreditation Subcommittee will be informed of a pattern of grievance submitted to PATH Intl. (although not the specific grievances) as it considers a center reinstatement.

Date

Reviewed by Programs & Standards Oversight Committee: June 2011
Forwarded to Membership Oversight Committee Region Reps for feedback: June 2011
Forwarded to Education Oversight Committee for feedback: June 2001
Reviewed and Recommended by Accreditation Subcommittee with suggested edits: October 2011
Approved by PATH Intl. Board of Trustees: November 2011

Standards Development Policies and Procedures

Revision Date 11/03
Approved by the PATH Intl. BOT:  12/11/2007

1.0    Scope and General Procedures
2.0    Authorization
3.0    Appointed Standards Development Task Force
4.0    Operation of  Standards Development Task Force
5.0    Standards Development Task Force Procedure
6.0    Field Testing
7.0    Standards Hearings
8.0    Voting
9.0    Changes in Status of Active Standards

Certification(s) Grace Period Policy

All PATH Intl. Centers in good standing will be given 24 months to comply with the specialty requirements for certification and the core standard for certification when a new PATH Intl. certification becomes required. In the interim the center must meet Standard MA1* by having a PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor present as well as the Instructor-in-Training for the specialty activity during the time the specialty activity is taking place.

Example:  January 1st of 2020 PATH Intl. launches the certification and specialty standards for Juggling.  This means that any and all PATH Intl. Centers currently offering Juggling will be given 24 months in which their instructor(s) of Juggling must become certified and in compliance with both MA1* and the specialty standard for certification as well

Policy Proposed: 10/24/08
Reviewed and Recommended by Program & Standards Oversight: 12/5/2008
Approved by the PATH Intl. Board: 1/12/2009

PATH Intl. Centers Piloting or Starting Up New Programs Grace Policy

All PATH Intl. Centers in good standing will be given 12 months to comply with all specialty requirements for a newly added program.  All Premier Accredited and Member Centers must complete a “Change Notification Form” and a “Progress Plan Form”. Once the 12 month grace period is over the PAC will need to meet and show compliance with all specialty standards. Then the PAC’s status will be reviewed and evaluated by the Accreditation Committee to decide if a re-visit is necessary.  The center must continue to meet all core standards during the grace period.  In the interim the center must meet Standard MA1* by having a PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor present as well as the Instructor-in-Training for the specialty activity during the time the specialty activity is taking place.

Policy Proposed: 10/24/08
Reviewed and Recommended by Program & Standards Oversight: 12/5/2008
Approved by the PATH Intl. Board: 1/12/2009



Instructor Certification Application Refund Policy – Effective September 1, 2006

PATH Intl. Instructor Certification Applications will only be refunded if a written request is made via mail or email to the Certification Department, Attn: Manager of Certification.

The written request must be received in the PATH Intl. office within 5 business days of the received date of the application.  Please include in the written request: name, member number, address, phone number and reason for refund.

If access has already occurred to the Online courses a refund will not be given.  Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment. If a credit card is used for application fee and not available for credit, a check will be issued for the refunded amount.

Merchandise or materials purchased with the Instructor Application submission will be considered under the Returns/Refund policy.  

PATH Intl. Membership is non-refundable; please see the Memberships refund policy.

PATH Intl. Membership Grace Period Policy

Individual and center members are extended a 90-day grace period following the current membership date to renew their membership. A member who completes the membership renewal process during this time frame maintains the original membership join date and remains eligible for longevity programs and other tenure-based benefits.  After the 90-day grace period a member can rejoin the organization and receives a new join date.

The grace period is the amount of time after a membership expires and before a payment is made. During this time the member continues to receive benefits. When the grace period expires, if the member has not renewed, the membership is changed to inactive.

Policy Proposed (Drafted by Staff):  7/9/2009
Approved by CEO:  9/4/09
Accepted by PATH Intl. Board:  9/8/09

Premier Accredited Center Host Policy

A PATH Intl. member center must have Premier Accredited Center status to host an official PATH Intl. event, e.g. a PATH Intl. Registered On-site Workshop, PATH Intl. Mentor Training, PATH Intl. Driving Workshop and/or Certification, PATH Intl. Vaulting Workshop and/or Certification, PATH Intl./EFMHA Equine Specialist Workshop, PATH Intl. Regional Conference, etc.  

Recognizing that exceptions may be necessary (including, but not limited to, international venues, relationship building with other organizations in the industry) a request to host a PATH Intl. event may be submitted to the PATH Intl. office by facilities that are not PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Centers.  The senior programs staff person will review with the chair of appropriate committee and make a recommendation to the PATH Intl. CEO.  Some non-PATH Intl. PAC sites may be unknown to the committee chair such that a site visit is needed prior to an event being hosted to ensure a safe and professional environment.  The committee chair and senior programs staff person will assess the need for a site visit by a PATH Intl. accreditation site visitor to determine if the center/site meets PATH Intl. standards.  If needed, the expenses of the pre-event visit will be borne by the host center.  CEO will make the final decision with the input outlined as to whether to host event at any site that is not a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.
Policy Proposed:  12/29/2008
Approved by CEO:  1/6/2009
Approved by PATH Intl. Board: 1/12/2009 (Host policy)
Suspended by PATH Intl. Board until further input from PATH Intl. program committees:  3/15/2009
Addendum in Italics proposed by Staff: 6/22/09
Reviewed and Recommended by Program & Standards Oversight Committee:  12/17/09
Amended Policy approved by PATH Intl. Board:  1/11/2010

 

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