Why is BIMAC Board Certificate Important?
Nearly on every country, aesthetic medical and cosmetology treatments are supervised by the national or regional government that dictates policy on its respective education and establishes control mechanisms over educational institutions that operate within their territories. These control mechanisms are frequently identified with accreditation.
However, the differences between each country regulations and the rigidity of these official procedures does not usually take into account the rapid changes of the medical aesthetic market. Many professional individuals, educational programs and training initiatives are seeking to adapt their knowledge and programs to the needs of the actual world, but they do not find a qualify recognition that may endorse them.
What happens then with all those private education initiatives not fitting the sometimes unregulated or "shadowy" requirement establishment?
What about those who provide new approaches? Or those offering study programs not yet considered by the official education system? Or those that respond to the current demand of a globalized market with independent training?
The accreditation of BIMAC Board serves with the purpose of providing endorsement to all these individual and training initiatives.
It is essential to recognize that, in the medical aesthetic market, accreditation mechanisms may be different from each other.
For years, United States accreditation was considered the great reference in education, but this is no longer the case, as evidenced by the impact that many academies and training providers in other countries are currently having on a globalized higher education. The ECTS credit system of the European Union is an example. The accreditation offered by BIMAC Board may well be another example, since it combines the best of the European and North American criteria among its quality standards.
Individual Professionals learners and many other people are considering accrediting organizations as references capable of providing coherent and reliable information about the quality of educational institutions. There is no single model in the industry that guarantees the quality of institutional responsibility. It is essential to recognize that, in a global world, the accreditation system takes many forms. Through accreditation by the BIMAC Board, our own structure and procedures guarantees our Board Certification quality.
Board Certification is important because it conveys confidence to the public, especially to future learners when selecting the training provider in which to complete their training.
Learn about the standards of BIMAC Board, regarding administrative responsibility, institutional integrity and academic quality.
Important concepts about BIMAC Board Certification and accredotation
1. It does not replace any legal regulations.
Board Certification and Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental review process. The seal of BIMAC, its Quality Accreditation Board, does not replace the legal authorization, recognition or regulation established by local, regional or national government laws of the educational institution. Legal authorization, recognition, state regulation, and government accreditation happen in another context and are the responsibility of each educational institution, not BIMAC.
2. Board Certification or Accreditation = Quality Seal.
Accreditation by BIMAC should be understood as a certification that the individual or training provider institution meets the educational quality standards of the Quality Accreditation Board. The accreditation is similar to an ISO certification but specific to the field of medical aesthetic and clinical beauty therapy. BIMAC accreditation was established to promote educational quality from a global perspective. We are aware of the differences that may arise in educational institutions in each country regarding compliance with our quality standards, therefore, we are committed to evaluating each training institution respecting its institutional autonomy and following a non-discriminatory policy.
3. Institutional, non-programmatic accreditation.
The institution accredited by BIMAC and its Quality Accreditation Board is evaluated as a complete training entity, and not for each specific program it offers. Thus, BIMAC's accreditation status is institutional and not programmatic. BIMAC accreditation supports all training programs offered by the accredited educational institution. That is, the accreditation status applies to all programs offered by the accredited institution while its accreditation is active.
4. Acceptance of Academic Credits.
Academic credits are the usual format of most educational institutions to value the training hours of a program or degree. There are different types of academic credits and not all of them are compatible with each other. The European Union has established ECTS credits. Academic mobility and transfer of credits from accredited institutions, both by BIMAC and any other accreditation entity, will always depend on the criteria of the receiving body. No institution has the obligation to accept academic credits from another institution, regardless of the recognition or accreditation it demonstrates. This applies to ECTS credits as well as any other academic credit format.
5. Professional Practice.
The registration, membership or practice of some professions in each country or legislative area follows its own conditions. A Board Certification or an accreditation may be one of the criteria required for the practice of a profession, but we cannot ensure that BIMAC accreditation adapts to said legal regulations and is accepted. If the objective of an educational institution is for its programs to qualify for a profession, we recommend that you check whether or not BIMAC accreditation can help you meet the legal requirements for the practice of said profession.
6. Official Recognition.
In almost all countries, medical aesthetic and clinical beauty therapy education is controlled and supervised by the national or regional government that dictates policy on higher education and its official recognition. This recognition process is carried out directly by the Ministry of Education or by a designated entity that inspects and evaluates official educational institutions through a process also called accreditation. These recognition criteria are specific to each country, region or profession, and cannot be extrapolated to other countries. There is therefore no official recognition or accreditation at an international level. BIMAC Board Certification and Accreditation is a specific quality seal for profession, training and education.
7. International Reference.
In order to facilitate academic mobility, the official recognitions of each country, region or profession are brought together within the European Network ENIC-NARIC (National Centers for Information on Academic Recognition), CHEA in the United States (Council for Higher Education Accreditation ), and the UNESCO IAU (International Association of Universities), which offer an official reference at a global level, but do not constitute international recognition in themselves. EQAC accreditation does not belong to any of these organizations, since it was established to promote educational quality from a global perspective, without adhering to the particular interests, political actions, regulations or educational fashions of each country, region or profession. BIMAC accreditation constitutes an excellent international reference for medical aesthetic educational quality.
8. Symbol of Trust.
Board Certification and Accreditation is important because it conveys confidence to the public, especially future learners, that the educational institution they have chosen meets adequate educational quality standards. Many learners feel insecure about selecting a foreign educational institution because they cannot weigh its advantages and disadvantages properly. Accreditation from BIMAC can provide a global reference on the quality of an education program, not limited or restricted by each country's local standards or idiosyncrasies.