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The Anti-Certification Crusade Continues
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Written by Doug Kelley on December 07, 2009, 08:26:44 PM

Apparently, the crusade continues. Below is an email by a concerned individual in response to a blog that raises the question of accreditation, which I have not addressed in my previous blog. I do so below. By addressing this issue in my blog, I will not need to address it again the next time. First, the email I received.

I am quite interested in your cert. as I feel its time to have this after looking at your site I feel you have it together well, BUT...I am concerned about this

The link above reads, in part:
Reply by Justin Zimmer 33 minutes ago
    I've submitted a query to IACET. If they say they're legit, then there's not much that can be done. It may still be wrong, but they've gone through the necessary steps to do it legally. Here's the query I sent:

    To Whom it May Concern -

    I have a question regarding certain operations that are claiming accreditation in "accordance to the IACET standards" and offering CEU credits based on this claim, yet, I do not see their organization listed in your directory of "Authorized Providers". Can I take this as evidence that the courses and certifications offered by this online organization are fraudulent?

    The organizations I'm referring to are "", "", or any other educational institute operated by Doug Kelley "".

    I find this operation suspicious as they are making this claim yet your directory does not list them, and all the sites with members who are used as references to the efficacy of their classes are hosted on the same webserver, as are all the referenced institutions. They are offering certifications which gain the recipient a set of letters to go after their name, and namely in a field that traditionally does not have any expertise or certifications available elsewhere in the world, unless through some form of fraud.

    Please let me know if you feel this organization is legitimate and worth my time, or if they do not have any authorization to provide CEU credits via the guidelines of the IACET.

    Please also let me know if I may have your permission to quote your response in any further actions I may take against this group should they prove fraudulent.


    Justin Zimmer

    If I get a response I'll post it.


Hello Concerned,
Thanks for writing. I go through this with ghost hunters from time to time who have way too much time on their hands. They accuse me of everything under the sun, and yet not one of them has ever taken my course. The people that do, love it. And it’s ironic; the very people who need it the most are the ones who complain the most.

I am responding to your concerns because they involve something I haven’t already addressed.

Regarding IACET, I stated very clearly on that the courses are accredited by ParaNexus Academy  “in accordance with IACET standards.” I did not state that the courses are accredited through IACET. Obviously, Justin Zimmer and the others did not actually read what was written. I want people to know that I take this very seriously and therefore, follow the standard in keeping records. It is very expensive to get a course accredited through IACET—more than I have received from the course itself.  There are no legal requirements for accrediting any course and it tends to add credibility. All accreditation means is that someone is maintaining records for several years (seven years in my case) and will respond to requests for transcripts by any institution. Many training organizations such as National Seminars and Fred Pryor accredit their own courses also in accordance with IACET standards. I am a professional human development trainer, speaker, and writer. I have been training adults for over 25 years. I know how to present a good course that benefits my students.

You will never hear this kind of criticism from anyone in the academic or UFO fields. I have never scammed anyone in my life, on the contrary, I have given away tens of thousands of dollars in coaching and products over my lifetime. My courses are neither illegal or immoral. Just because TAPS or anyone else states something does not mean it is true, and yet the ghost hunter community treats their words as gospel. Isn’t it funny that the only complaint is “certification?” TAPS also makes money—a lot more than I do, yet no one complains because they seem to be the official voice of the ghost hunting community thanks in no small part to the producers who put them on the air. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no personal vendetta against TAPS. My only complaint is that they are not thinking this matter through.

Is Justin Zimmer and the others also attacking Flamel College as well as MUFON for certifying people? They may feel like they are going to “get me now” by contacting IACET or the Attorney General or anyone else for that matter. They may feel that they are on a righteous crusade in protecting people from such a “scammer.” But I will not respond to their attacks. I have nothing to fear. My reasons for certifying people are sound, logical, and just. I will not back down. There is so much psychology behind their actions that I could write a book. I wonder who appointed them the protector of the people?

Please read my blog on this here, if you haven’t already. My advice is to judge for yourself. There is a 30 day money back guarantee with the courses. If I was scamming people, I wouldn’t offer a money-back guarantee. Interestingly, I’ve only had one course returned in 2 years. What we have here is a simple difference of opinion, nothing more. They should not automatically conclude that I am a “scammer” simply because I do something differently. If I was a scammer, I would have been caught long before now.

Additionally, ParaNexus is NOT a ghost hunter site; it is a professional association of anomalous researchers. Our non-profit mission is to educate and promote competent research primarily in the fields of parapsychology, ufology, and abductions. We place ethics above all else. We have some of the best people in the field as members and they soak up every course like a sponge—and not just my courses. They are far too busy conducting actual research and investigations to get embroiled in the petty fights so common in the ghost hunting world.

I hope this helps somewhat. I also hope that you will consider all sides and make up your own mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any further questions.

My best,

Doug Kelley, CH, CSL, CLPI
Executive Director  

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I have been given a hard time a few times when I have mentioned "Certified". Who are they to judge.  No one has ever questioned my MUFON standings.  I'm proud of my accomplishments, and will continue to add CLPI to all my postings regarding paranormal research.

by Bonnie Korniak on December 07, 2009, 08:50:48 PM
I'm with Bonnie on this one.  It would seem that ghost hunting must be dying down for the holidays and folks are out to cause discontent among those who see continuing education as a waste of time.

by David Desjardins CD, CPFI on December 08, 2009, 03:18:07 PM
Continuing education,and setting standards is very important as the Paranormal & Anomalous fields of science matures, and becomes an accepted science.

 Many of the clients I have worked for have also stated that they feel more comfortable with someone being certified, and being able to get online and check the investigators credentials.
I have worked many years in the Paranormal and Anomalous Research fields out of my own knowledge, and a vervacious appetite for reading, for many years. But, as our field matures it is a natural progression that some sort of standard or Certification needs to be applied. I have been asked many times by potential clients if I have any type of education and/or certification.  People are identifying the need for education and certification, before they feel comfortable with you working their case, or investigate their property.

Philip Osborne CPI,CPFI
Menifee Research Society  

by Philip Osborne on December 26, 2009, 02:56:40 AM

The need for certification is greater than some believe.  There are hundreds of "paranormal investigation" groups out there that have had no training, but just watch TAPS, rush out and buy the equipment they use, and then take off to hunt "ghosts".  Some groups do things with the media in attendance and the results aren't always a flattering image they present.  Some groups are just "weekend warriors" that jump in and seek the thrill of discovering ghosts.  Many times these teams do more damage to the image of paranormal research than help it.  The need to set up regulations, teach proper protocol and confirm that the person IS certified offends some of these people because it demands responsibility for their actions and as well as accountability.

Currently my team has a gentleman who is one of the TAPS fan type.  But I am delighted that he has done a lot more research than watching the show and saying to the world, "I am a paranormal investigator!"  Midnight Candle Paranormal is small, but I am truly impressed and awed by the members who want to go the extra mile and learn.  I have decided to "grandfather" my members in to ParaNexus.  One at a time will take awhile, but the certification is IMPORTANT and necessary.

I want to thank Doug Kelley and the other partners who have made this possible, and encourage those who don't have the certification to get it.  


Vickie Gagnon CPI

Midnight Candle Paranormal 

by Vickie Gagnon on March 05, 2010, 09:18:45 PM
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Doug is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of six published books, and numerous eBooks and articles in the field of human development, leadership, management, and relationships. This is all in addition to his dedicated work in the anomalous research field.

In an effort to further general education and professionalism in the paranormal field, Doug founded ParaNexus, a professional association of paranormal and anomalous researchers, in early 2008 along with his close friend and colleague, Jari Mikkola. In the fall of 2007, he completed the ParaNexus Paranormal Investigator Certification Course (CPI), a cutting-edge home study course designed to train researchers to be professional and competent investigators of anomalous phenomena. A year later, he completed the ParaNexus Leading Paranormal Investigator Certification Course (CLPI), a comprehensive leadership and management course for anomalous research group founders.

Doug has an open mind and a deep belief in the indomitable power of the human spirit. His greatest area of interest and research in the paranormal field is the impact that a person's unique socio-religious and cultural beliefs have on the type and extent of any paranormal activity experienced by the individual. Doug is also a certified Hypnotist, and for two years, co-operated a hypnosis center in Port Charlotte, Florida along with his best friend and wife, Tracy. He uses hypnosis to conduct research into the alien abduction phenomena. Doug holds a degree in electronics and an Advanced SCUBA diving certification.

Doug is the host of ParaNexus Universe Radio, has spoken to many groups in the paranormal field, has appeared on several radio programs, and is available for media interviews, paranormal talk shows, documentaries, and speaking to groups about paranormal topics. Doug may be contacted via, by email at, or by phone at 941-740-2900.

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