These things seem to be appearing quite often nowadays. I mean right now there are trainings that offer 2 days of straight seminars with immediate certification in techniques. So to be able to tackle this topic essentially what are certifications in their essential sense? So pulling up a definition from business dictionary. A certification is a “formal procedure by which an accredited or authorized person or agency assesses and verifies the attributes, characteristics, quality, qualification or status of individuals or organization, goods or services, procedures or processes or events or situations , in accordance with established requirements or standards (Business Dictionary, 2017). So in short for a program to be able to certify someone it should first be able to assess an individual. So for a certification to happen there should first be a certifying body and criteria in which the individual will be assessed on, without these two the certification will just be more or less an extra paper in your file.
How programs are measured or how are they usually assessed quality wise? This basic thing is going to be needed is an assessment of the program. There are usually two types of assessments the internal and external ones. In the medial field especially in the Allied medical field the common one used is the internal ones in which the organization itself measures its own programs usually by two ways. The programs are usually assessed in two ways, the first way is by assessing the product of the program and the second way is by assessing the process of the program.
So to give you guys an idea of how this happens I shall cite a few examples of how these certifications are done. An example of the program assessment in which the program is assessed by the product is the Mulligan Certification process. To those who are not familiar with the process it is where the participant is asked to take three 2 days courses. The courses themselves are just usually designated as Letters A, B and C and are significantly the upper extremity, lower extremity and advance courses. After these three courses are finished the participant is then asked to take a skill evaluation with 2 instructors. After this long process is the participant a practitioner. This is an example of the first type of program assessment. The second type of assessment is the assessment of the process. These assessment is the one usually based on creating the least amount of deviation from the ideal per step or what they call the six sigma .I won’t be discussing this in detail for the technical details. As of the moment I am writing this short article, I haven’t found an organization which has documents about this since they are usually higher administration documents but I think this is how the Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation international ended up with their course classifications or at least I think they do this since it is apparent in their objective statement. This is the reason why you can only take the course with the same teacher for 2 times since each teacher might have a different type of topic that they deliver well so as to keep the purity of the programs. These two assessments procedures can also be done at the same time although it is often only found in big organizations due to the limitation in funds and manpower. This is the problem why certifications are not usually done by boatloads which became an issue in India due to a person certifying a boat load of people at once, the problem not being the number of people but the ability of the person to accurately check the skill of each and every participant since it takes time to correctly do this. Another example of a problem in the certification process is a teacher that teaches a certification adding techniques of his won which is not bad by itself once he or she states that it is not part of the actual certification process.
This is the reason why actual certification courses cost a boat load of money. The cost is partly because of the assessment of the programs and the purity of the system that you are getting as such the better the organization is at giving the program usually the higher the cost of a program is. This is not to say that small seminars are not good. It is to state the fact that some certifications are just seminars in disguise as such it might only be useful among a certain group or a certain country.
Basic tips on how to spot good certification programs? The first tip is to check if the organization running the program is producing results. Some organizations running certifications only produce paper practitioners in which they can only do the system by principle but aren’t able to actually do it. The second thing is to check the number of people in the certification program. The general rule is the lesser the people in the certification program the better the teacher is at correcting mistakes. The third tip is practice you won’t get anything out of the certification just by recording the certification.
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