I signed up for Ashworth's early childhood education course, as I am an assistant pre school teacher in New Hampshire, and needed 9 credits to become an associate teacher, and 18 credits to become a lead teacher. Ashworth seemed the answer as I work full time and felt it would be easier than attending the local community college.
I realised that as Asworth is NATIONALLY accredited and not REGIONALLY accredited for this course, so I would probably never be able to transfer the credits to another college. But I thought, no problem, I just need these credits for my promotion. So I handed over my money and got to work.
I completed the first 6 credits and thought 'This is great'. Then one day I went into work and my director said to me 'Your couse is REGIONALLY accredited, isn't it?' NOPE. Well, it turns out that the New Hampshire education department WILL NOT ACCEPT NATIONALLY ACCREDITED COURSES. I spoke to the man who inspects the day cares and pre schools in our area and he confirmed it. He said that they have this problem all the time. People take these NATIONALLY accredited online courses, not realising that they will not be accepted by the state education department. I had wasted my time and money. He told me to go to my local community college. In New Hampshire you can take 3 credits per semester in early childhood education, absolutely free (worth $600)if you work in a state registered center. Maybe your state has something similar?
If you want to learn as a hobby, then this college is great. If you need the credits for your work, you may as well present your employer with a diploma written on toilet paper. THEY WILL PROBABLY NOT ACCEPT THEM. I know it's a hassle, but check first before you sign up.
I am astonished that these people are allowed to do buisness in this country as this is no more than a confidence trick.
These people will tell you anything to get you to sign up. They told me FOUR times that their early childhood education course would be accepted by the education department. At the New Hampshire state level (which is what counts) THEY ARE NOT. *** me for being so trusting. I didn't expect to be repeatedly told such bare faced lies.
The debate about whether or not they will transfer is a red herring. What matters is that they are not fit for purpose. If you bought a bucket to carry water and it had *** in the bottom, you'd take it back right? It would be no good for the purpose in which it was sold to you. An Ashworth college credit will probably not get you any further in your career. Your employer will sympathise, but tell you that they are sorry, they can't accept it. It is not fit for the purpose in which it was sold to you.
Check Ashworth out on the Better Business Bureau site. As I type they have a D+.
If you have already signed up and try to cancel, they will tell you that you have to pay a cancellation fee or (as in my case) kept calling me to demand that I pay $900 for the rest of the course. Kick up a fuss and refuse. They will back down and put your account to 0.00. Get them to email that to you and send you a hard copy. If you have nothing in writing from these people, then it didn't happen. They know every trick in the book.
I suspect that the good reviews are written either by company employees, or those who have not yet tried to use their Ashworth credits out in the real world.
Monetary Loss: $250.