Frequently Asked Questions
Certificate vs. Certification: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
Students inquiring about online training may find out that some training locales offer a certificate, while others offer a certification program. In some cases – such as it is the case with Reflex Seminars – both are offered. A certificate oftentimes implies little more than a certificate of completion, which states that the student completed a course of study. It does not make any statement about the student’s abilities.
A certification may allow the student to call herself a certified reflexologist, but the designation is only as good as the institution that offers it. For example, the Reflex Seminars certification is limited to Rittenhouse Reflexology Seminars, and thus may not transfer to other schools.
A good many online training courses feature an accreditation, but it may not necessarily be nationwide. In other instances, the accreditation is highly specialized. For example, Expert Rating offers an online certificate in complementary and alternative medicine that touches on reflexology in addition to discussing traditional Chinese medicine as well as spirituality and health.
The program is accredited by ALLEGRA, which in turn has the nod of approval from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This accreditation refers to the attribution of CE contact hours for continuing professional education.
Does Cost Matter?
Just as there is no national standard for reflexologists, there is also no standard for the curriculum design of a program teaching reflexology or the cost associated with it. This leads to a great disparity in the marketplace. For example, the International Institute of Holistic Healing offers a very detailed course for $175. The exact same course – by the same instructor – is part of a Breyer State University online master’s degree; in that capacity it costs more than $450. $450 is also the cost of the Rittenhouse certification, while the Expert Rating certificate costs $250.
How Long is the Training?
Training times vary as much as the pricing. Reflexology Online offers a certification in reflexology in about a month and is a mix of 25 study hours and 25 logged hours; the Rittenhouse certification is made up of 70 study hours and 120 practice hours. The International Institute of Holistic Healing specifies that the program may take between two and six months to complete.