Q. What is third party accreditation, and what is the difference between that and third party recognition?
A. Accreditation is the process by which an educational program is evaluated against defined standards, and when in compliance with these standards, is awarded recognition by a third party.
- Third party accreditation means that a training organization’s program has been reviewed and evaluated against defined standards by an objective, unrelated third party. When the validity of the program is found to be in compliance with these standards, recognition is awarded.
- Third party recognition, on the other hand, occurs when another education provider and the programs they administer, are appropriate to fulfill the third party’s continuing education. These requirements may be referred to as Continuing Education Credits (CECs), Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Continuing Professional Development (CPDs).
MERRITHEW™ branded programs; including the certification program - STOTT PILATES®, and four certificate programs ZEN•GA™, CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ and Total Barre™ are recognized by a host of high-level industry bodies all over the world including:
- In the U.S.: American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- In Canada: Register of Exercise Professionals Canada (REPs Canada)
- In the UK, South Africa and New Zealand: Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
All MERRITHEW courses and workshops adhere to very high standards and are regularly approved for continuing education when petitioned. Our Education Department is available to provide any information necessary to complete the appeal process for any organization where blanket recognition is not available. This includes fitness related organizations as well as physical therapy and other health-care boards all over the world.