Education level designations under Pathways

First Last, CL, ACB
ABove is how education level achievements are listed with members’s names in rosters

That is changing a bit since Pathways does away with all traditional education award labels except DTM

In Pathways, the education award level/recognition change to:
the most recent path and level they completed

And they will not accumulate over multiple paths, only the most recently completed level in whatever path that was

EXCEPT: DTM, once a member achieves DTM, “DTM” stays after their name and is never replaced.

From the TI Pathways Guide Q&A log:

For example, Yolanda Gonzalez is working on the Presentation Mastery and Effective Coaching paths. When she completes Level 2 of Effective Coaching, her credentials display as EC2. Soon after, she finishes Level 3 of Presentation Mastery. Her credentials
then update to PM3. In club meetings, she could be introduced as Yolanda Gonzalez,PM3.
When a member completes a path, they also earn the Proficient designation. For example,when Yolanda completes the Effective Coaching path, she is considered Proficient in Effective Coaching and could be introduced as Yolanda Gonzalez, Effective Coaching Proficient.

Should I stay or should I go?

“If I go, there will be trouble …”
with apologies to the Clash

TI has provided some guidance to help members decide on moving immediately to Pathways or continuing to work on traditional education awards during the 2 year overlap period….

The official document from TI seems to be basically about your progress on the leadership track.

Personally, I believe the decision can best be made considering in addition to the above:

  • What are your goals – both in terms of learning and awards you plan to achieve
  • WHat speeches have you accomplished, exactly
  • Hw long do you plan to stay in Toastmasters

If you need individual advice – just ask!

try Pathways online now! (even before your rollout…)

Curious about what a Pathways project is like online ? – try the iceBreaker here #PathwaysMK

Note: you will notice that the “Directions” section expands automatically on many pages of the project – this only happens in Level 1 projects….

Pathways – when is a speech evaluation *not* required?

Yes, it is true…
The club/VP Ed has some leeway here…

In traditional education program, the TI manuals and FAQ are clear:
From the FAQ:
Can I give speeches outside of my club for credit?
Yes. You are allowed to do up to two speeches per manual outside of the club environment for credit toward an educational award, as long as you receive prior approval from your vice president education. You must receive a written and oral evaluation from a Toastmaster, although the Toastmaster does not need to be in the same club as you.

But, according to Pathways Guide training …
….An evaluation can be skipped if that is deemed appropriate by the club and club leadership.

This is an answer a question about “external training” done outside the home club…
And it seems the VP Ed can approve a Pathways level as done if a project has a reason why no evaluation could be done.

So that is new!

Pathways insights – yes some meeting roles are required

Although the Competent Leader (CL) manual is dropped in Pathways … a member must perform several meeting roles to complete a path

These roles include

  • AhCounter (optional)
  • General Evaluator (optional)
  • Grammarian (optional)
  • Timer (optional)
  • Speech Evaluator – required before level 4
  • Toastmaster (meeting chair) – required before level 4
  • TopicsMaster – required before level 4

NOTE 1: th bottom *three* roles are *required* for a member to advance from Level 3 to Level 4 in each path. The member must nter a date for each of those three roles (Speech Evaluator, Toastmaster, TopicsMaster)

NOTE 2: Clubs *may* have a policy that requires a dual member to complete these roles in their club for the VP Ed/BaseCamp Manager to approve completion of Level 3. CLubs may make various local policies of course.

NOTE 3: no written nor oral evaluation is required for these roles, the member must enter the date each role was performed on their “Account” Page … not in their educational transcript…

How will meetings change in pathways? part 1 of ?

All these blog posts are my opinion, unofficial and I may change my mind at any time ūüôā

From what I have seen in Pathways so far in Levels 1-4 … I see few changes in how Toastmasters meetings are held, the agenda etc.

What I can see is a¬†possible new set of challenges to filling roles and the types of extra-meeting activities that need to be done….

Let’s face it, now the¬†vast majority (TI says 90 %) of members¬†do not even finish a CC under the current program
So we would be reasonable to¬†expect that majority (51 %)will not finish Levels 1-3…

Level 1 + 2 + 3 = one role as speech evaluator plus about 10 speeches (although one speech project elective could be as TableTopics Master commenting to each Topics speaker) Рno matther what path(s) one chooses
And Levels 1 and 2 are identical except for maybe one project, depending on path ….

What does this (maybe) mean for meetings?

+ Ice Breaker(s) from all members Рincluding experienced members when they start Pathways.
— ¬†And for anyone pursuing a DTM that plural “Breakers” applies – they need to do *two* Icebreakers – one on each path they do…

– Evaluator is a required role once for each level 1 – that might make that role easier to fill than the others like Grammarian, Time, TopicsMaster, TMOD which (apart from Active Listening elective for TopicsMaster) get no credit in Pathways.
For clubs who ignore the CL manual now, this won’t amount to much of a change in role-filling incentives…

– TopicsMaster might be giving feedback – The Active¬†Listening project¬†is different from Table Topics Evaluator, and if your club only usually has 3 or ¬†topics speakers, … you may need to occasionally change that to support the member¬†doing this elective in level 3. (Probably 5-7 topics speakers or more is best for this)

I will address the many outside the meeting activities in coming posts….


Pathways Project Completion Form

There is a new form that members need to use on some Pathways projects: The Project Completion Form.

This is somewhat similar to the HPL completion form in use now, although this one does not require signatures from anyone else, just the member asserting they did the tasks.

This type form is part of projects such as “8400 Building a Social Media Presence” where the member is required to do things which the Base Camp manager may not be able to verify. This form is used by the member to certify that they have done the required steps of the project beyond the project speech using the Evaluation form.




Pathways Feedback and member awarded badges… (part 1)

Pathways introduces additional formal/official ways to and received give feedback to members beyond speech evaluations.

This article just is an overview of the concepts -later articles will include more details

Step 1 – access the “My Feedback” section by click on the¬†menu tile labeled “My Feedback”



 STEP 2A РRequest Feedback

A member may request feedback – from one or more particular members – or from anyone/everyone in the club on a particular role they performed – It could be a speech, an evaluation or almost any other role that a member wants feedback on.




The Feedback page allows a member to requestJust fill in the description of what you are requesting feedback on a¬†nd check boxes to indicate if you also would like club¬†members to consider proving feedback, awarding badges or both….




or STEP 2B  Р Give Feedback/Badges to other members:

Members can login to Pathways and use the Options menu (see 2. in image¬†below- that number and arrow were added by me to the screenshot) … to see a list of requests for feedback made by other members. then the member may provide feedback and award badges ¬†(more details on that in later posts)



And you will see a list of any feedback and badge request members have made which you can provide.

Enjoy… and stay tuned for more!

“Outside the (home) club” in Pathways

In Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience, members indicate a “home club” for each project. Of course for non-dual members¬†this is trivial. Their only club is their “home club” for all projects. ūüôā

In the current program, a member can do their speech manual project at any club, even if they are not a dual member without permission or approval. Usually, they have their filled in evaluation form as evidence of the completed project. Often this is done as a guest speaker at another club at the regular club meeting.

Beyond that members may elect¬†to do up to 2 speech projects from any manual (2 of 10 CC manual projects and 2 of the 5 in any Advanced speech manuals) at events or in situations “outside the club environment”. These could be at Area or higher contests, ¬†workshops at club officer training etc. Even in situations that have nothing to do with Toastmasters (work, play, or …. use your imagination ūüôā

To get credit for an “outside the club” speech TI does have some rules: and these are specified clearly in the tI website FAQ:

 Can I give speeches outside of my club for credit?

Yes. You are allowed to do up to two speeches per manual outside of the club environment for credit toward an educational award, as long as you receive prior approval from your vice president education. You must receive a written and oral evaluation from a Toastmaster, although the Toastmaster does not need to be in the same club as you.
Speeches given at Toastmasters club meetings are considered to be in the club environment. Speeches given at any Toastmasters event that is not a club meeting are considered to be outside the club environment.Giving a speech as a test speaker in an evaluation contest, or competing in a speech contest is considered to be an outside speech as long as it is a manual speech.

Change in Pathways…
Things are a little different in pathways. The member fills in a detail form to request approval from VP Ed/Base Camp Manager of their home club for this project. The details include: start date and  end date, description of the project and the group you will work with and a selection of either:

  • at a club other than my home club
  • outside of Toastmasters

This form is selected as an option (Add External Training) in your “Education Transcript” system of PLE (Pathways Learning Experience)
Like most things in Pathways, there is a link (not live here) for a tutorial on how to do the thing, in this case it explains the form in detail

Below is a screen shot of the instructions in PLE for doing this a look at the fields on the request form.  Enjoy!


Path: * (Select)

Project: (Select)
Planned location for completion of your assignment: *
-in a club other than my home club
-outside of Toastmasters