All professional associations we have identified as high quality subscribe to a philosophy that empowering your clients to make their own decisions is safer than advising, advocating, consulting, counseling, recommending and suggesting. We know empowering your clients to make their own decisions is legal in every state and province. We also know the other approaches require a license. License boards know this too.
All accredited professional associations we know require the use of an informed consent form created by the member. They demand their professional members behave professionally and ethically. They require their members to hold to a high standard of ethical and moral conduct.
They also provide them with benefits their members can use to grow their business and maintain a high degree of credibility and professionalism.
Quality requires real effort and a product of your own mind that will serve you well.
Superior Quality Professional Associations have the Following Characteristics:
They are a nonprofit board run by an executive director under the direction of a Board dedicated to creating and maintaining high standards for marketing and professional practices.
They usually have a board of advisors composed of a variety of professionals in health, nutrition, therapies and wellness professions.
They are independent of any manufacturing company, their agents and representatives.
They are independent of any school or training facility.
They are independent of any certification board.
They are accredited by the American Accreditation Commission.
They believe a quality education produces quality professionals.
Diploma Mills and Poor Quality Professional Associations have the Following Qualities:
They are owned, operated and/or controlled by a manufacturing company, and/or
They are owned, operated and/or controlled by an education organization, and/or
They are owned, operated and/or controlled by a "certification board," and/or
They are operated for a profit at the expense of providing a quality product, and/or
They accredit schools that send their graduates to them, and/or
They accredit certification boards that send their customers to them, and or
They combine church and state, spiritual and secular, ecclesiastical and medical, and/or
They let you fight governmental agencies when those agencies attack your business, and/or
They let you fight the license boards when you have a license board issue.
All of these activities are unethical, unprofessional and should be illegal. But the truth is, there are so many legal loopholes for diploma mills that their members are the only ones who get hurt.
To make things worse, most diploma mills sound legit. Con men and women are very good at selling junk for the price of quality merchandise. They know how to legally take advantage of you. That's why they're cons and you're not.
It pays to avoid diploma mills. Educate yourself about how they operate and walk away.
If you are part of a professional association and would like to upgrade your credibility