Accreditation – Back again, now where were we?? (Part 2)
To read Part 1 of this blog click here.
Accreditation = Quality??
The question about accreditation has got me thinking about the courses we’ve taken, and I wondered how many are accredited? We love learning, and often the most useful courses we’ve attended have not been certified, but they are insured. Diane Lee and her ISM recognised as CPD for physios (I snuck on and blended in with the physios). John Gibbons and the Bodymaster, nope, CPD for each course and insured by Balens but the whole thing, not accredited but an excellent course for assessment and management of MSK (Musculoskeletal) issues. AiM with Gary Ward, not a chance, these guys love pushing boundaries and challenging conventional thoughts about gait and the joint mechanics in the body. NKT and David Weinstock, mind-blowing course and you guessed it, not certified or accredited. Eric Franklin, yes for CPD credits but not accredited but again one of the most useful courses I’ve ever attended as a Pilates teacher to help me understand and communicate optimal biomechanical movement to my clients.
Accreditation = Value??
The truth is when it comes to some of the accredited courses I’ve participated in recent years, one organisation went bust before I finished and the other was of a rather low standard. In both these cases, the educators ticked all the boxes to get their course recognised and paid no small sum of money to be accredited, but it didn’t guarantee high standards of information or reliability. Shoot me for saying this but from what I’ve heard from teachers who have attended our courses (many of whom have decided to retrain in Pilates with us) is standards of Pilates courses have gone down since accreditation came in. Ticking boxes to meet criteria for certification means a lot of educators can get away with leaving out a lot of what was taught back in the day on Pilates courses. This doesn’t equal high quality to me.
Educators need qualifications, but do the courses they offer require accreditation?
Bonnie and I have been fortunate to learn with some of the best educators around. We have attended courses taught by world-renowned experts in their chosen specialties of physiotherapy, osteopathy, massage therapy, movement, manual skills and of course Pilates. These generous experts are willing to share their knowledge and skills with those of us who are fortunate enough to have access to their courses. It’s honestly never occurred to us to worry about accreditation. What we are doing is sharing our expertise of 40+ years between us to pass on what we know works with our clients. We are pushing out the sides of the ‘Pilates’ box. Who would accredit our courses – not the world of Pilates, nor the world of massage? What we are offering sits somewhere in between – bridging the gap, where the magic can happen.
We’re listening so tell us what you think.
Personally, Bonnie and myself don’t really worry about the courses we take being accredited as long as they offer high-quality education and we are insured to practice what we have learned. We usually find out about most of the courses we attend by recommendation from others. We recognise that new and innovative educators are often ‘outside the box’ and don’t necessarily fit into a specific industry which can make it difficult to find a body to accredit them. Like BCP and PF all those years ago, we are offering something new. We are bridging the gap between Pilates and therapy. So we are asking those of you who have taken the time to read this to tell us what you think.
Accreditation – yea or nay…