There are several reasons
- We are not subsidised by Government for the service we render. Both OBS and MOE are Government Agencies. They are NOT private business entities, they have resources that private business entity like Pivotal does not have.
- Pivotal Learning need to make a profit to sustain the our business operation and accreditation with ACCT. We need to pay for ACCT PVM membership yearly and once every 3 years we must go through the review process that includes flying two QP down to review our operation.
- We need to pay for the usage of Challenge Course Site as well as for our staff salary. We don’t get budget from Government.
- Our staff need to be properly certified and clock hours to be a certified Tester and Trainer. All these cost money. We can’t simply write a justification and Government will ensure we will have budget for next year.
At the end of the day, is about the value and choices each practitioner will need to make. We are clear that everyone prefers to attend a training and certification at a lower cost. We are pricing our programmes that meet the value we offer.
The differences are difficult for us to assess or comment on. We can speak only on behalf of what we are doing.
Our certification is based on the ACCT Standard and we have been accredited by ACCT to conduct the certification. All training and certification must be conducted by a Certified Training & Tester (CTT) under ACCT’s requirements and we are subjected to review by ACCT every 3 years.
Our CTTs are required to meet ACCT stipulated QCP requirements. You may click here to find out more about the QCP requirements.
Based on the latest MOE’s Activity Guide, OBS CCI Certifications are only valid in MOE OALC and Challenge Courses in School that have the same set up as MOE OALC.
Only ACCT Certifications are valid for all private Challenge Courses referencing MOE Activity Guide.
Yes. MOE OALCs accept the ACCT Level 1, Level 2 as well as CCM certifications. However, after your certification, you a required to attend a day of orientation conducted by MOE. This is to orientate you to the systems and procedures adopted by MOE at its centres.
We managed to integrate our Basic and Advanced Challenge Course Practitioner training together with the MOE Orientation.
At this point of time, most countries (including USA and Singapore) do not require a practitioner to be certified to any standard for challenge courses. As a company, we encourage more training and not certification. We believe that practitioners who spend time upgrading their skills and knowledge would have no problem being certified.
Certification is a process of validating your skills and knowledge. It is part of your training journey and not the end point. So before you decide to invest your money into certification, think about whether it is necessary. Else it may be better to invest in better and more training.