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Accreditation is NOT a guarantee of quality, and certainly not integrity. It is merely a confirmation of an agreed level of achievement, for is is merely a term applied to a system in which one body or group can ensure that courses are transferable between similar bodies or groups, as in the case of formal education for example. Accrediting agencies make sure that a course at one college is of the same caliber and quality as the same course at another accredited college. It is to make sure that the same things are taught in the course at each college. The same is true with English, Science, and other secular courses. That is the main reason why people take a course at an accredited college, so that they can transfer that course later to another college if they decide to continue studies elsewhere. Evidence of learning and competence do not come form accreditation, they are acknowledged through formal examination, measured against an agreed criteria.
Whilst accreditation is important within a system that measures people against criteria required throughout society for the purpose of secular study, the level of such achievement is not always necessarily what it appears to be on the surface. Indeed, with what is arguably the dumbing down of education in the United Kingdom today and children apparently and miraculously becoming more intelligent each year according to examination results (which are mostly continual assessment and not exam dependent), accreditation is literally now becoming merely the common acceptance of common courses which appear to be resulting in lower standards of certification.
In industries or fields outside of the secular learning environments there exists a need for people to justify what they do by using often spurious terms that have little to do with anything except the illusion of credibility. Advertising, for example, uses the most questionable terms to justify or give credibility to products, even changing the name of water to imply something else. These terms are often merely a manipulation of the obvious to appear somehow complex or more important than they actually are.
Many so called ‘teachers’ and ‘trainers’ outside of the formal education environment have no formal professional qualification to teach or train, let alone to deliver the subject they teach. Indeed, even in formal secular education many teacher will be required to teach a subject for which they were not originally trained nor qualified, however, one assumes that they do have the professional skills to do so.
There are many membership societies for example, that use the term ‘professional register’. The use of the word ‘professional’, whilst implying competence, merely means that those people charge for their services and make a living out of it, for no-one can be ‘professionally’ qualified, as no such qualification exists. Indeed, many membership societies provide training courses that are accepted merely because they call themselves a society, despite the fact that most of their ‘trainers’ have any secular qualification in training or teaching.
The quality of a College of any other educational institute, or indeed society, can be measured by the content of curriculum material, its lecturers and trainers, its reputation and the quality of its graduates. Accreditation is optional for all colleges and universities, and is neither mandatory, nor indeed necessary where government loans or grants are not required, or where credits cannot be transferred to a secular college. Indeed, not being more formal religious studies, alternative subjects such as dowsing, intuition and psychic protection for example, do not benefit from a system, committee or body that is qualified to acknowledge the quality of spiritual courses.
It is our desire for such accreditation to exist in the future, for we believe that any formal training and education in metaphysical subjects should be acknowledged, accredited, and by default therefore, be regulated according to content, delivery and professionalism. In this regard, and in the absence of such regulation, we consider ourselves responsible for the quality and value of all courses provided by us, and to this end we work diligently to provide all of the necessary moderation and evaluation processes expected of any other educational institution or body. We also provide students with the protection of appropriate guarantees that even secular education does not provide. Look on any educational web site and there will be few that contain the guarantee of satisfaction or refunds that we provide.
What You Should Know
The British College of Dowsing and Intuitive Sciences, as indeed is The College of Psychic Studies for example, stands outside of the secular environment in which accreditation is necessary if you want to use Government student loans or grants. Neither Colleges teach mathematics, English, or other required courses for credit at other colleges. Your certificate or diploma at the British College of Dowsing is not transferable for credit at secular universities, and is strictly metaphysical in nature.
You cannot attend The British College of Dowsing for the purpose of transferring credits among traditional secular colleges or for the purpose of obtaining Government grants or loans. The British College of Dowsing and Intuitive Sciences is an alternative institution, and our Qualifying Diplomas and Certificates (excluding attendance certificates) can only be applicable to such a field. The British College of Dowsing is a private college, and as such is an exempt school that does not prepare students for careers in secular fields.
Accreditation in the Future
We welcome accreditation in the future and we would be the first to support it.
By the very unfortunate nature of the commercial world in which we all live, the interference of a third party government body for accreditation will inevitably mean the significant raising of prices, and our concern is therefore, that such a body would exist purely for the sake of it and not for the genuine betterment of the delivery of spiritual subjects. Indeed, the perfectly good system of accreditation already exists in the form of formal university teaching qualifications (i.e. Certificate in Education and/or Bachelor of Education, etc) which all course tutors who deliver training courses for an on behalf of the The College do have. As professionally qualified and experienced teachers we are ahead of most other spiritually oriented learning providers in this regard. We are also happy to provide evidence of such professional qualifications where desired by any student enrolling onto a college delivered term/day attendance course or workshop.
It would be far simpler to require all teachers of any alternative subjects to be professionally qualified, and that system already exists for those whose vocation is to be a teacher, lecturer or trainer. Such a requirement would weed out those who provide training for money in favour of those who do so because they are first and foremost teachers by choice, desire and intent.
Your Best Assurance Is The Most Obvious One
If accreditation, or more specifically, the evidence of the ability to teach you the subject that you wish to learn, is important to you, then, in the absence of such accreditation for spiritual subjects, there is one simple process to follow by simply ascertaining the answers to the following questions:
1.Is the teacher, tutor, lecturer or trainer professionally qualified by a UK or other University (not a society or private organisation) to teach me? In the UK that quite simply means they they will hold a Certificate in Education (pre mid 1970’s for middle aged professionals) or a Bachelor of Education Degree (post mid 1970’s for younger professionals). Any other qualification will be received from a private, and therefore, non-government source, and should be investigated to your satisfaction. Ask to see their degree or teaching certificate from a recognised university as well.
2. What experience does this person have in this subject? We would suggest that real experience is measured in decades NOT months or a few years. For example, anyone can become a Reiki or NLP practitioner in just a few weekends but their true ‘professional’ qualifications and experience will be built upon a foundation of sand. The same is also true of the term ‘master’. Until the dubious introduction of the New Age Movement, a master of any discipline was someone who spent a lifetime in the pursuit of their craft. Today it would seem that everyone can become a practitioner, master or even guru just by paying a fee or attending a few weekend courses.
3. What testimonials are available, and OVER THE PERIOD OF THEIR STATED EXPERIENCE? If you are really skeptical, then ask to be able to speak to three clients ranging from this year, five years ago and ten years ago or even more if you want to. The odds are that you will receive the answer you are seeking just by the reaction to your request.
Let Common Sense Prevail
Above all, use common sense. There are some very good teachers in this world who have no formal qualifications, but who have been teaching for many years and have a well earned reputation for their natural ability to teach. In all honestly, especially in the new age movement, such people are rare in our experience, but they do exist. Be cautious of the person who was in one occupation a few years ago who is now a full time Reiki practitioner, or the insurance salesman who has suddenly developed a ‘spiritual selling’ course (they actually do exists, would you believe?). Whilst this is a generalisation, it holds true a lot of the time, so beware of anyone who sells spiritual courses and works through other people like organisations, societies and clubs for example, without actually having their own professional dedicated full time teaching or training business, because they are often motivated by ego and what they can earn more than the personal satisfaction derived from teaching. There are a lot of people today who have seen the potential of the new age and have merely changed that they always sold for new age products that will sell better. The give away sign is what they did before, because teachers and trainers tend always to have been teachers and trainers. Whilst we have nothing against insurance salespeople, not indeed salespeople in general, salespeople have usually always been salespeople with chameleon like qualities that enable them to slip into any role they choose, and the new age represents new opportunities, especially online.
Above all please remember that any school, college or institute is merely a framework for course and curriculum development, administration and support. The quality of any college is the quality of its teachers, trainers, lecturers and students, for without them no college can exist.
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