Non-Accredited Courses Explained

(Yes, it’s worth it!!!)

What Does It Mean If a Course Is Non-Accredited?

Are you interested in studying a non-accredited course, but not sure whether it is worth the time and money? Many people are still under the impression that a non-accredited course has no value. This is not true, non-accredited courses are great for learning a new skill set, or building on your existing proficiency. What’s more, they are shorter in duration, which means that you can gain a new skill set in as little as six months.

A lot of time the professional bodies that the expensive registered courses represent, are completely irrelevant to your specific profession and even earning ‘points’ with them makes no sense career wise. However, you pay for the accreditation nonetheless. This is especially the case if you are in a non-medical or unrecognised profession.

What you need to know about non-accredited courses

  • A non-accredited course has no connection to an external accreditation body.
  • Non-accredited courses focus on equipping the student with a very specific knowledge and skill set, which means it is much more ‘hands-on’.
  • You can study a non-accredited course to help you in your current and future career, or for altruistic purposes.
  • You can absolutely list your non-accredited course on your CV.
  • Non-accredited courses are often shorter in duration.
  • Non-accredited courses are not as expensive as their professional counterparts.
  • Non-accredited courses are much more practical than accredited study programmes.

The advantages of studying a non-accredited course

  • The study material and assignments are not as complicated and labour intensive.
  • Non-accredited courses are often shorter in duration, which means that you can gain a new skill set in a shorter period of time. (Diploma courses for instance, are between 1 and 3 years.)
  • A non-accredited course can help you refine your skills.
  • Non-accredited courses are still very valuable in the job market.
  • You can build on your knowledge and skill.
  • The entrance requirements for non-accredited courses are not as strict as those for accredited courses.

Can I get a job with a non-accredited certificate?

Yes, you can get a job with a non-accredited certificate, as long as you are not in an executive management position.

A non-accredited course focuses on equipping the student with a specific skill set. It is excellent for career development, self-employment and self-enrichment. Also, if you are already employed, a non-accredited course may help you get a promotion.


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