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What's the difference between certification and accreditation?

 

I get asked quite often about the difference between getting certified and becoming accredited. It can also be a bit confusing trying to understand the difference between the NALA Educator’s Certification Course and The NALA Seal of Accreditation. I hope this blog will clear things up a little. It may also just raise more questions, which is totally fine! Simply ask your questions in the comments below and I will be happy to answer them! The information varies slightly for artists and educators so I categorized my explanations accordingly.

 

LASH ARTISTS

 What is a certificate?

A certificate is evidence that you completed your training. Certification courses aren't typically governed by the federal, state or provincial school boards and they aren't usually valid for educational credits or student loans, although some regions do recognize lash extension training as formal education, it is not typical in most of the world. A certificate is not equivalent to a diploma or degree but it is an official document attesting to your achievement.

Earning a lash certification is the important first step to becoming a lash artist. Your training course will prepare you with the required information and instruction to perform lash extension treatments. It is never recommended to begin your lash career without the proper guidance of an experienced industry expert. Your certificate is very important, however, not all certificates are created equal. It is important to do your homework before selecting a school.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a different process and an accolade of it’s own! It provides you with an independent, third-party assessment of your best practices. Accreditation is validation that you are doing everything to a high standard. The NALA Accredited Member has proven her ability to safely and accurately apply eyelash extensions and has successfully passed a written exam about health, hygiene and safe practices. Once a lash artist is approved as an accredited member she is listed on the NALA Global Directory and promoted as a "Accredited Lash Artist" where the public can find her and become a client.

Essentially, your certificate is evidence that you WERE TAUGHT what to do, Accreditation is evidence that you’re DOING IT to the highest standards.

 


 

LASH EDUCATORS

 What is The NALA Educator’s Certificate?

The certificate earned from The NALA Educator’s Certification Course  is evidence that you took the educators course. It’s proof that you have learned what you need to do to be an effective educator, how to write a quality manual, as well as what vital elements you need to teach your students and more. The class is a comprehensive course outlining everything you need to know to develop your own training program. 

What is The NALA Seal of Accreditation?

The NALA Seal of Accreditation is evidence that your training program offers your students all of the necessary information and has the content needed to ensure they are successful. This is the industry’s highest level of achievement for a lash training course. It is not easily earned. It cannot simply be purchased by paying a fee. In order to earn the NALA Seal of Accreditation, your training program will endure a thorough investigation. The majority of applicants do not pass their first attempt but they are guided through the necessary changes to help bring their courses up to standard so they can pass. Our goal is to help all courses achieve accreditation status.

Once the course is approved it is listed on the NALA Global Directory and promoted as an "Accredited Lash Course" where the public can find them and enrol. 

 


 

In closing, to over-simplify, certification means you learned something and accreditation means your doing it to the highest standards with professionalism.

NALA Accredited Members and NALA Accredited Training Courses are listed on the NALA Global Directory once we are able to confidently vouch for their professionalism, integrity and business ethics.

 

Author:
Levi Shephard
NALA President
 
 
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