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"Centre Of Excellence" - it's just bullshit courses with meaningless certificates, isn't it?

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MowldyStupidAndAssive · 28/04/2021 17:59

I see FB adverts pop up every now and then for the Centre Of Excellence which offers diplomas/courses in things ranging from useful sounding (SEN law, or sign language) to utterly random shite (herbalism for witches, or CBD oil for animals, for example).

Several friends have parted with money and recieved fancy certificates to try and improve their CV but none seem to have any proper accreditation. The certificates don't have grades on, they just say stuff like "X has participated in blah blah course". I think they're wasting their money.

AIBU to think it's just bollocks, and that I bet everybody who pays up gets the certificate, and that employers will not be impressed by these "qualifications"? Or should I be less cynical...

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rattymcratrat · 28/04/2021 18:21

Meh...I know a lady who is a 'reiki master' through this company- means nothing to me but it works for her and her customers?

It's probably ok for a certain type of person/course....not so much for formal employment.


SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius · 28/04/2021 18:28

I have occasionally considered doing one of their courses - I am interested in medieval, Plantagenet and Tudor history, and would like to learn more - but I would only be doing it for my own interest, and wouldn't expect to end up with any meaningful qualification.

I haven’t tried them so far, because I reckon I can probably learn what I want to know by reading books by serious historians.


VladmirsPoutine · 28/04/2021 18:30

Surely people know that this isn't a fast-track route to employment? I suppose no knowledge is useless but it would be unfortunate for people to be duped into parting with 100s of pounds only to end up disappointed if they're using it as a career spring board.


Councilworker · 28/04/2021 18:51

They offer all sorts of "psychic" courses including dragon energy and tea leaf reading.

One of their "partners"is the Complementary Medical Association. Which is run by the errr...interesting Jayney Goddard.


LeanneBrownsLonelyBraincell · 28/04/2021 18:52

I saw they offered one on conspiracy theories.....



RaininSummer · 28/04/2021 19:10

I started one on knitting. Did learn some stuff and will finish it one day but I am under no illusions that I am going to become the next Kaffe Fassett through my online endeavours


saucermilk · 28/04/2021 19:13

Surely people can learn these skills for free from you tube?


Iceniii · 28/04/2021 19:20

I'm tempted by ancient magic just to see what on earth they actually teach!

I prefer Udemy. I'm doing a drawing one.


Everyday21 · 28/04/2021 19:42

I did one on double entry bookkeeping and found that I enjoyed it and definitely felt confident and ready to take on a proper sat course. I put it on my CV but I dont think it counts for anything


RaininSummer · 28/04/2021 21:21

You can learn stuff from YouTube if you have an idea what it is you need to learn but sometimes you need a more structured course to follow.


isseys4xmastinselcats · 28/04/2021 21:28

i did one on witchcraft as its something im interested in it gave me something to do during lockdown and was only £29 so not that much money it was quite interesting there are lots of free ones as well from other sources im doing a holocaust one at the moment through Yad Vashem in israel as i retire next year i just do them to keep the old grey matter going not for career or Cv enhancement my real degree didnt do that much for me either and as i was part time and working that one did cost me big time in cash


idontlikealdi · 28/04/2021 21:49

If you have to pay a chunk of cash it's generally shit for old rope.


Notavailabletryanotherone · 20/12/2022 09:24

It would depend on which course/ diploma you are taking with the Centre of Excellence , some are accredited, others are not, and some do have grades on and others do not. It’s up to you to do your homework . The CPD ( continued professional development) certification will enhance your CV .

You will find that even universities will have degrees these days in subjects you may deem as meaningless , it’s up to the student what they choose to study.


swg1 · 20/12/2022 10:00

saucermilk · 28/04/2021 19:13

Surely people can learn these skills for free from you tube?

Not everyone learns well from video. I struggle horribly to focus on video especially youtube - my attention goes for one minute whilst they advertise random crap and whoops its twenty minutes later and I forgot what I was doing.

Whereas if you give me a text to read I can work through it.

(This is becoming an increasing problem in a world where all how tos seem to be on youtube.)


Danbob · 22/01/2023 12:42

The information given is often outdated, erroneous or just nonsense. There is no academic quality to these courses and as such they have zero value (wonder why they're not all accredited by serious organisations). All you do is memorise a bunch of factoids and spew them out again to pass.

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