Accredit: verb ac·cred·it \ə-ˈkre-dət\
: to say that something is good enough to be given official approval
: to recognize or vouch for as conforming with a standard
: to consider or recognize something as outstanding
– Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary
The Value of Accreditation
EFT International has a robust internal accreditation system in place that holds clear professional requirements for all Accredited Certified members – including participation in annual CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and Mentoring activities and adherence to the EFTi Code of Conduct and Ethics.
We provide a set of defined EFT International training standards (i.e., Training Points and Learning Outcomes) for each level of EFT training and a set of certification requirements for EFTi Accredited Certified Practitioner and/or Trainer memberships. Once all requirements have been met, our Accreditation Coordinator issues the Accreditation certificates and helps to assure that our members continue to meet all agreed-upon professional standards and policies.
Definition of Terms:
Certification and Accreditation
We use the terms “Certification” and “Accreditation” to refer to the process by which practitioners, first learn EFT from their chosen EFT International Master Trainer and then secondly become accredited by EFT International. The trainer assesses that the student has reached the standard required to practice safely and effectively (certification), and then EFTi assess and accredits the certified practitioner (accreditation).
Certification is issued to trainees by the trainer only. Accreditation is a direct interaction with EFT International involving both the trainee and an EFT International-accredited Trainer. The trainee practitioner joins EFT International as a Student level member and takes EFT International's Practitioner (or Advanced Practitioner) online examination, which is assessed by EFT International, independently of the trainer’s assessment.
When a student passes this examination and s/he has also trained with an EFT International Master Trainer who confirms to EFT International that the student has met the criteria laid down within the EFT International Training Syllabus, that student can upgrade to Accredited Certified Practitioner level member (or Accredited Certified Advanced Practitioner, respectively). The Practitioner is “certified” by his/her trainer and then “accredited” by EFT International.
This accreditation process is a form of organisational accreditation, for which the official term used in UK is “internal accreditation”. Many complementary therapy courses are internally accredited by various professional organisations and associations.
The other type of accreditation is national-level accreditation, known officially in UK as “external accreditation”. External accreditation is when an educational institution seeks recognition of its courses and qualifications by an external, usually government-run regulator such as Ofqual in the UK or NCFHE in Malta (www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofqual/about). It is an ultimate level of recognition and therefore extremely rigorous, detailed, exacting, uncompromising even regarding certain requirements. To illustrate, an example would be the requirement for every examiner marking UK GCSE and A-Level national exam papers to attend standardisation meetings for a day where the minutiae of every mark for the exam are agreed. Clearly, external accreditation is usually only taken up by organisations with significant resources available to commit to this.