Oh No! You said Canadienne CPE with the AEA in earshot!
Slowly they turned, Step, by Step, Inch by Inch, and then they punched him and they hit him and they knocked him down!
Those of you who are familiar with black and white comedies are laughing right now, and everyone else is scratching their heads.
The American Electrology Association developed the Certified Professional Electrologist (CPE) credential and put in motion the process of making it an internationally accepted credential and exam process. Before they could obtain proper rights and protect the trade marks in Canada, a “gentleman” took the massive liberty of submitting that paperwork for himself. Thus, there is confusion, because a person in Canada who is a CPE must always identify themselves as having an AEA CPE, or the one that is owned by the “gentleman” in their country.
Again, I tell you, this should not be as big an issue as it seems to be, because if you can pass one electrolysis exam, you should be able to pass them all, however, the thing that separates the exams is the security and defensability of the credential. With the AEA CPE being administered by the same people who gate keep the professions of Medicine and Law in the US, the AEA CPE is secure, and everyone knows that your score is your score because on that one day, you did know enough to make that score on your own.
Yes, there are CPE’s in the United States, and they would want to know who issued the CPE of any practitioner from The Great White North. (Many people cross into the US and in fact from all over the world to take the AEA CPE in Las Vegas now that it is no longer offered in as many places around the globe as it used to be. Time was you could at least take the AEA CPE in Toronto and Vancouver)
On average, an American CPE has spent another $1,000.00 just to get that credential, and may spend an average $5,000 more every five years to keep it.