It pays to check the credentials of online course providers


We often hear stories about people who have been ripped off by unaccredited online colleges.

Many victims come to us after failing to get proper training and accredited certification from organisations who are not externally inspected.

We try to help them offset their losses by discounting our fees and getting them back on track.

With some students, that means trying to rebuild their faith in online learning. Read about Laura Bryars’ experience

We advise anyone looking for online learning courses to ensure the provider is externally accredited. Your alarm bells should ring if they’re not.

This especially applies in competitive fields like proofreading courses and copywriting courses.

Our professional online courses and certification have been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme, which is regulated by Ofqual.

We are fully accredited by four organisations: the ABCC, the CPD standards office, the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL), and the International Association for Distance Learning (IADL).

We are also listed on the UK Register of Learning Providers, which is run by the UK government’s Department for Education

Make sure any provider that you contact is listed there, too. Be cautious if they’re not.

You can also check a provider’s credibility by seeing if they are members of any respected organisations.

CMP are corporate members of:

  1. Learning and Work Institute
  2. Association of International Educators

Our principal, Cleland Thom, is a member of the Society of Editors

Our advice is to steer clear of any online course provider who cannot provide similar external proofs of their credibility.

See our full range of accredited online courses