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 "ParaNexus.org", "LifeLeadershipInstitute.org", or any other educational institute operated by Doug Kelley "www.dougkelley.com".
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.
If I get a response I'll post it.
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 www.ParaNexusAcademy.org 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.
Doug Kelley, CH, CSL, CLPI