Hi Kevin, and welcome to the board.
Accreditation is a very hot subject. There are several other topics on this board which you may have missed concerning the serious issue of accreditation.(see the links below).
With the exception of the College of Teachers, the others you list may require some further investigation. Also by searching their names in Google and visiting not only their websites, but also the comments on other forums about them that you will find listed, will give you some important background.
The main things to decide are (especially with the ones you listed):- Has it been set up by a TESOL course provider to accredit itself?
- Is is an organisation where any TESOL teacher, school, or course provider can can join for a fee and be listed?
- Do you think it is an organisation set up for the sole purpose of making money from charging high accreditation fees?
- Does the quality of its web site, or the low number of its accredited organisations lead you to believe that it is a 'one-man' operation, or even a scam?
Do remember that there is no official international accrediting body. The only accrediting organisations that you can rely on are those that are government agencies, or quangos (agencies acting officially on behalf of a government). Note also that a government or its agencies generally only accredits courses that are offered by schools, universities, and organisations, that have registered offices in that country.
KevinUK wrote:One last thing. Surely, a lot of schools in todays society know and understand these online courses and certificates and value them as important qualifications.
There is mixed sentiment on this. There are literally hundreds of on-line courses on offer these days, and as you stated, some of them are quite obvious scams. The schools that employ teachers cannot possibly maintain an overview of all the different certificates they get to see, and most schools in developing countries wouldn't know how to evaluate their worth. There a re still many that don't know the difference between an on-line and a face-to-face course; they just look for the words TESOL
, and an official looking stamp. A few schools with more professional administration that are really mean (like ours
), have built up a computer database over the last few years of as many TESOL course providers as possible with scans of their genuine certificates.
The bottom line is, that when a choice is available, most recruiters would probably hire the candidate who has done a face-to-face course with practical teaching experience.
This is not to say that there are not any very good on-line courses out there as the links below will show.
Here is a selection of recent posts on this forum about on-line courses and accreditation:viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2560viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2540viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1890viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2500viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2423viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2051viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2513viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2249viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2098viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2201viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1891
Here's a link
to a dedicated external forum on the subject of accreditation.
And this article by ICAL Pete
gets straight to the quick.