April 15, 2007 10:28pm CST
I had been engaging myself with lifelong learning journey. I signed up myself for a holistic swedish massage class. This will take me to a diploma exam with a ITEC of CIBTAC cert which is recognised worldwide. The school that conducted the course had informed us that it will be an ITEC certificates during the roadshow. (ITEC is a UK government exam agent for International Examination Board). When we started the class, on the second week, we were told that the exam will be based on CIBTAC curriculum and hence the certification is by them (CIBTAC is a body for Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology). Now this cause confusion among the participant. Personally, I really dont bother as for me, as long as I know the correct technic and get a certificate is good enough. But some of my classmate think that they are being shortchange. They urge me to join them to get the school to prepare us for the ITEC instead of CIBTAC. Should I join them or just follow what the school had arranged for us. Whatever it is, the price of the course and exam fee is still the same. $1800 to be precised, no less no more. So folks, help me to make decision fast. I got headache thinking.
16 Apr 07
I guess the ultimate decision is up to you but I feel that you should really get what you pay for. If the program you signed up for says certification by ITEC then that is what they ought to deliver especially if the fee is no different. This is my opinion, hope it helps :)
16 Apr 07
Noyida.... If I were you, I would go for ITEC as it is recognised worldwide. What if, one day you'd decide to go overseas and migrate there? At least you've gotten something which is recognised worldwide. The school which you've signed up with shouldn't have misrepresent the whole thing and create confusion to the students. Students are customers and they have to be well-informed before they sign up their hard-earned money on something beneficial to them. HAve you asked other schools about the same course and its course fees? If they are charging lesser for the CIBTAC, then, it's a rip off! Do some investigative work first since you're not too concerned about the certification wise.
• Gold Coast, Australia
16 Apr 07
I suppose it depends on where you are going to use your skills as to which certification you should go for. If you intend to travel overseas, then I would definitely go for the ITEC because I think it would be more readily recognised over the CIBTAC. However, you need to find out exactly where you stand. Good luck on your decision, and your exams!