Keeping PATH Intl. members
updated about the accreditation process
Trek to Accrediting
the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor
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
A membership vote on a bylaw addition to create a
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.
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
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
- 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
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
learn why bylaws change votes happen at the annual meeting,
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.
here to register for the live webinar. The recorded
version will be available one week later.
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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