Accreditation for Vocational and Certificate Programs

When you decide to pursue a vocational or certificate program, you need to put the same amount and effort and energy into your search for an accredited program as you would if you were studying for a degree. In order for any program to be valid, it must be accredited. Most colleges and universities that offer vocational and certificate programs make sure that they are accredited by the most respected entities.

Why Do Certificate Programs Need To Be Accredited?

Think about it. If you are taking classes to become a professional in any specific field, you want to know that you are getting the best training possible, right? There is no way to know that the education you are receiving is accurate unless the program has been reviewed and audited for quality. A team of professionals regularly inspect these programs, including the classes that are offered and those who teach them, to make sure that you get the education you need. Without regular program review, you could learn information that is outdated or unnecessary. When you take part in an accredited vocational or certificate program, you know that everything you study is important to your future career.

Do Employers Consider Accreditation?

Some students believe that future employers pay no attention to whether or not their program was accredited. Nothing could be further from the truth. In many industries, it is against the business's standards to hire individuals who obtained their knowledge from unaccredited institutions. This is particularly true in the health care industry and in highly technical fields. If you do complete a program from an unaccredited institution, you will probably have much more difficulty finding a job. Furthermore, in most cases, none of your credits will transfer to another program, which means that you will have to start your education over from the beginning.

How Do You Find Out About Accreditation?

Finding out whether or not a vocational or certificate program is very easy. You already know what you want to do. You probably have a general idea of where you want to study. Now, you simply need to act. Complete our web form to request information from your chosen school. A representative from that school will contact you to give you all of the information that you need. Be ready to ask specific questions regarding accreditation. Ask which body accredits the institution as a whole as well as the program in which you are most interested. Also ask how long the institution is accredited. Accreditation for top institutions is about 10 years, though with most institutions it is much shorter. This simply means that the program review occurs more frequently, which can be a very positive thing. The representative who contacts you should have this information or will easily find it for you.

What If The School Is Not Accredited?

What If The Program Is On Probation? Probation for accreditation is not as uncommon as you might think. It simply means that the accrediting agency found some concerns either with the program or with the school itself. Usually, accrediting agencies give the schools a time frame in which they must make the necessary changes to keep their accreditation. If you find that the school you are interested in is under probation, you can simply ask a representative from that school what changes are underway and if they are on track to meet their goals. If you find that the school is not accredited, you are best served to look for a different institution. Keep in mind that schools can lose their accreditation if their programs are not up to par, but there is generally a significantly long probation period in place before that happens. This gives you adequate time to look for a different program while your credits are still transferable.

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