Keeping PATH Intl. members updated about the accreditation process






Trek to Accrediting
the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

September 13, 2016


In our ongoing efforts to communicate with you about raising the level of professionalism of PATH Intl. credentials and applying for National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification, we are excited to present today's topic:

A membership vote on a bylaw addition to create a credentialing council


As mentioned before, this trek to accrediting PATH Intl. certifications is driven by the strategic vision, developed with member input, to increase the professionalism of the field and bring a greater legitimacy to PATH Intl. credentials. A bylaw addition is a critical next step.


We introduced you previously to the concept of a credentialing council, shared the pending charter and invited members to apply to join the Credentialing Council Development Workgroup. Today we'd like to share further information about why a bylaw change is necessary to create this certification division of PATH Intl. and how membership and credentialing organizations differ.

What's the difference? 

A certification organization is not the same as a membership organization. A certification organization is primarily defined by its commitment to consumer protection; it serves the consumer and establishes a professional standard. Typical certification organizations offer stringent eligibility requirements and an assessment mechanism (examination, etc.) to demonstrate established competencies have been met. (Examples: an attorney taking the bar exam or licensed therapists sitting for their board exams, etc.)


An accredited certification program:

  • Enables credentialing organizations to demonstrate to the profession they represent, and to the general public, that their program has met the stringent standards set by the credentialing community 
  • Enhances a program's credibility and legitimacy by providing impartial, third-party oversight of an assessment system 
  • Provides organizations with a way to answer the question "who reviewed your certificate or certification program?," a question often posed by members of an occupation, employers and, sometimes, the courts

While certification organizations are rooted in protecting and serving the public, membership organizations serve a select group of individuals or profession. Members join to advance themselves and their profession.


It can be difficult to effectively serve the needs of these two varying populations as PATH Intl. has been doing to date. Therefore, certification organizations need to have the autonomy and independence to focus on serving the public. While some organizations spin off new, separately incorporated certification bodies, PATH Intl. has chosen to keep the credentialing arm of the organization within the current structure. This independent credentialing division within PATH Intl. will have autonomy in running the certification programs. Think of it as a dotted line between the PATH Intl. Board of Trustees and the credentialing arm.


This will certainly require a revision to the current staff and volunteer organizational charts and requires a bylaw change that the membership will vote on at the 2016 PATH Intl. Annual Meeting. These changes can be thought of as building a firewall between PATH Intl. and the association's certification program to ensure that the certification program is operating with autonomy and in the best interest of the public. To learn why bylaws change votes happen at the annual meeting, click here.


Please click here for the credentialing council bylaw addition. For questions/comments regarding the addition, please contact Kathy Alm, CEO PATH Intl.


A webinar will be offered to further explain the credentialing council bylaw amendment, Wednesday, September 28th at 3 p.m. Mountain/5 p.m. Eastern. It will be hosted by Adrienne Segundo, IOM, Credentialing Specialist, Chairman/COO I Limitless Association Solution Resource, LLC, and moderated by PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm.


Click here to register for the live webinar. The recorded version will be available one week later.


What's next?
1. Watch for future updates and the official member notification of the bylaw vote and changes.

2. Visit the webpage Accrediting the PATH Intl. TRI Certification for a great and growing list of answers to questions submitted by members. You may have wondered the same thing as your colleagues!


Until next time, thank you for being an engaged member in this extraordinary association and for the important work you do every day in the field. It's an exciting time to be part of PATH Intl.



If you have questions or feedback about this accreditation process, we have opened this feedback link where you can leave your comments and if required, someone will get back to you.  



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