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Accreditation by International Metaphysical Pratitioners Associate (IMPA)

Vitae Pondera College of Metaphysics (VPCM)  is accredited by the International Metaphysical Practitioners Association (IMPA) and adheres to the high standards of the IMPA Code of Ethics for educational excellence and for the good of all concerned and in the spirit of “Do no harm; Do right.” More information is available at”

IMPA provides accrediting for metaphysical schools as well as for practitioners who teach metaphysics-related courses, workshops, and/or seminars. In the United States, accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of review. In other parts of the world, the accreditation process is often performed by governmental agencies and is mandated by law.


Benefits of Accreditation

Accreditation is simply a third-party verification of an organization’s educational standards. It adds another layer of credibility and provides prospective students with a basis for confidence in the quality of an organization’s curriculum, instructional approach, and recording-keeping policies. Metaphysical organizations are encouraged to add accreditation to enhance their reputation for excellence in educational standards.


What Types of Organizations May Be Accredited by IMPA?

IMPA accredits quality organizations that teach metaphysically-related topics that fit into the broad metaphysics field including, but not limited to, general metaphysics, Metaphysical Science, psychic development, Reiki and other holistic and energy healing modalities, aromatherapy, hypnosis, homeopathy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), life coaching, paranormal and parapsychology courses, and others. Additionally, practitioners who also teach may get accreditation for their courses.  When IMPA accredits an organization, it is literally putting its reputation on the line. Since IMPA values its reputation highly, it must ensure high quality standards in the organizations it accredits.

IMPA Educational Standards for Accredited Organizations

The spirit of our educational standards is Do No Harm and Do Right. We could write a book on dos and don’ts, but we prefer to use the foregoing principles as our guide. With this in mind, here are a few important standards that must be continually met and maintained by IMPA Accredited Organizations:


  • Organizations must teach with professionalism, integrity, insight, and respect for the higher good and benefit of their students.

  • Organizations may conduct courses online, in a physical location, distance learning via mail, or any combination thereof.

  • An instructor must be reasonably available to students during course studies.

  • Curriculum must be presented in a professional manner including:

    • Topics must possess quality content that does not violate the IMPA Code of Ethics.

    • Courses must have professional presentation (course materials have a professional appearance).

    • Course materials must be well written and generally free of typos, grammatical, and punctuation errors.

    • Curriculum must effectively prepare students with the professional competencies for which it was designed.

    • An attitude of continual improvement must be maintained with regard to curriculum.

  • Record-Keeping.

    • Student records and transcripts must be maintained for a minimum of seven years.

    • Valid transcript requests must be answered and a copy mailed/provided within seven days.

  • Do No Harm; Do right: Members must work for the highest good and empowerment of all concerned; they must do no harm.

  • Shall not diagnose a specific disease or condition.

  • Shall not conduct invasive procedures, testing, surgery, or services.

  • Shall not prescribe pharmaceutical medication.

  • Shall respect and promote client autonomy when providing care and treatment.

  • Not to provide service while ability to practice is impaired emotionally or physically

  • Represent with honesty the benefits and limitation of the product offered services and products.

  • Recommend that the client seek the appropriate qualified health professional when the practitioner recognized a client condition requires further assessment or treatment by a medical physician.

  • Represent qualification honestly, including educational achievements and professional affiliation.

  • Remain current in your profession that is keeping up with the trends and skills in natural health and holistic health industry by attending educational courses, seminars, and workshop or courses. ​

  • Non-Discrimination: Members must not advocate or express hatred or discrimination towards other people or classes for any reason.

  • Disclosure and Informed Consent: Members must represent themselves, their qualifications, fees, and advertising truthfully, and must gain informed consent before practicing on clients.

  •  Client Confidentiality: Members must preserve client confidentiality under all circumstances unless otherwise required by law.

  • Professional Integrity: Members must maintain the highest standards of professional and personal conduct in the metaphysical field, and never exploit, control, manipulate, or mistreat clients, colleagues, or anyone else; nor misrepresent research data.

  • Professional Discretion: Members must practice with full presence of mind, never practice beyond the scope of their training, qualifications, and abilities; uphold the right to refuse or refer a client if necessary; and never diagnose or prescribe unless legally licensed.

  • Professional Presentation: Members must maintain a professional and orderly appearance of both their person and their practice.

  • Professional Boundaries: Members must maintain professional boundaries with clients; and avoid conflicts of interest, over-familiarity, and sexual harassment.

  •  Legal Conformity and Insurance: Members must comply with all state and federal laws, and maintain Professional Liability Insurance where available for their practice.

  • Record Keeping: Members must maintain clear, honest, and factual client records for a minimum of seven years.

  • Teachers and Educational Organizations: Members who teach at AADP Accredited Organizations must teach with professionalism, integrity, insight, and respect for the higher good and benefit of their students.

Accreditation and Ethics

Vitae Pondera Code of Ethics

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