Although, at Richdales, we have been aware of this for some time, it has now been officially announced that the ABC Reflexology Diploma qualifications will be stopping in July next year!
If you are thinking of studying Reflexology you need to consider the qualification you choose carefully.
At Richdales we have chosen to offer ITEC qualifications as we believe ITEC offer the most professional regulated qualifications in the field of Complementary Medicine. This ensures that qualifications that our students receive are always fit for purpose.
The ITEC Diploma in Reflexology is continuing as before and so you know you will receive a qualification fit for purpose at the Institute.
The senior management team at the Institute is committed to ensuring that Diploma qualifications at the Institute offer students the best opportunities to establish a successful career in Complementary Medicine. We know the government is looking to decrease the number of exam boards offering qualifications in Complementary Medicine, as well as other areas, as they feel having qualifications with different examining boards is actually more confusing to members of the public !
With ITEC undertaking over 45,000 examinations worldwide ever year we fully expect the ITEC qualifications to be continuing to offer regulated qualifications in Reflexology, Massage, Aromatherapy, Sports Massage etc …
It is important to have regulated qualifications for a variety of reasons. Professional Membership Bodies such as the AoR give the following reasons for students to undertake a regulated qualification –
- It guarantees that the training maps to the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards.
- It includes independent external moderation which ensures learners are assessed in a consistent, accurate and well-designed manner.
- It guarantees the qualification is ‘future proofed’ as it sits on a national framework.
- Regulated qualifications are recognised by our voluntary regulator (CNHC), the NHS, and reassures the general public that their practitioner has been trained to national standards.
- This qualification also allows the practitioner to be part of well recognised professional membership associations
With un-regulated qualification there is no guarantee that they meet appropriate standards, that they are fit for their purpose, include relevant content or if appropriate methodology for assessment is used. This does not mean that all unregulated qualifications are of poor quality – but there is just no way of knowing.
Our advice is to choose the qualification you intend to study carefully.