Accrediting the PATH Intl. TRI Certification

 

Newsletter: Accrediting the PATH Intl. TRI Certification

October 26, 2017 - The Job Task Analysis

September 9, 2017 - Announcing the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Representatives

August 21, 2017 - Ballot and Opening of the Election for the Inaugural Credentialing Council

August 18, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations are Being Finalized--Vote Next Week

July 28, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations Open - Watch the Instructional Webinar

July 17, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations Open

July 7, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Nominations Open

June 30, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council (PICC) Eligibility and Nomination Process

PICC Job Descriptions    PICC Candidate Nomination Form    PICC Consent to Serve

May 18, 2017 - Laying the Foundation for the Credentialing Council

Credentialing Council Charter

January 9, 2017 - PATH Intl. Credentialing Council Development Workgroup tasks and deliverables

December 19, 2016 - The Credentialing Council Development Workgroup

November 22, 2016 - The bylaws were passed, what's next?

October 13, 2016 - With the addition of a credentialing council, will members have input into the certification tests?

October 7, 2016 - Recorded webinar about the upcoming bylaws vote available 24/7

September 13, 2016

Why Bylaws Change Votes Happen at the Annual Meeting
Credentialing Council Bylaw Addition

September 2, 2016

Credentialing Council Development Workgroup Sign up Form 2016
Credentialing Council Charter

August 2016


Accrediting the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Q & A

From feedback we’ve received based on current communications, we have put together a list of recent member questions. When one person asks that usually means more are also wondering, so we are making this list available to all! Have questions of your own? Please use this feedback link and thank you!


Job Task Analysis: The trek continues...

Trek to Accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification

As most of you know by now, one of the major initiatives in the PATH Intl. strategic plan is to achieve independent, third party accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in order to provide validation that our certification meets recognized credentialing standards. For a refresher on this this objective, read the Winter 2016 PATH Intl. Strides article on page 42. As mentioned in that article, one of the first major initiatives was to conduct a job task analysis (JTA) in order to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities a newly certified PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor should possess.
 
A group of subject matter experts, with guidance from the accreditation contractor and input from more than 1,000 PATH Intl. Certified Professionals, has completed their work. The final report is under review by staff at this point, but we wanted to share some interesting information with you, along with some of the details of the process.

The subject matter experts were carefully selected to statistically represent the diversity of PATH Intl. Certified Professionals. They are geographically diverse; and include different ages, genders and levels of experience (including Registered, Advanced and Master levels). Their first task was to learn what a legally defensible, and psychometrically sound, JTA is. After that, they worked together to define the basic skill set for an entry-level therapeutic riding instructor.  

A survey based on the knowledge, skills and abilities identified was then compiled and distributed to every certified professional member of PATH Intl. for input on the frequency with which an entry-level instructor is expected to perform certain tasks on the job. A big thank you to all the people who answered the survey! The contractor was amazed by the response rate.
 
Our members’ passion for this work came through not only in the response rate of the survey, but also in the many comments provided. There was careful review of the 1,500 comments to ensure no feedback was overlooked. The survey results were analyzed by a psychometrician to ensure the statistical validity of the responses and the absence of unintended biases.

The survey yielded interesting results. For example, the data revealed that nearly 30% of certified therapeutic riding instructor survey respondents do not ride equines as part of their job. Survey participants deemed that additional hours teaching individuals with disabilities should be required prior to certification and also assigned equal weights to the primary job task domains: equine handling, participant and volunteer management, lesson management, and risk management.

There is still much work to do. The final report will continue to be reviewed in preparation for the next phase: test development. This phase will decide the appropriate prerequisites and format for the future certification test.

Watch for future updates about the formation of a member workgroup that will help inform these decisions and give input to the formation of the credentialing body that will be the part of PATH Intl. that independently focuses on serving the public. 


PATH Intl. Undergoes Its Own Accreditation


 

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