As a twitter follower of Steve Rowe, I see him advertising MASA. To get the MASA approval you need, among other things, an NVQ or equivalent. Jamie Clubb has talked about the BTEC qualification. I would add that I've never actually met Steve Rowe but have attended a lecture by one of his senior members. I've had the pleasure of learning from Jamie twice recently.
Are these qualifications necessary? What do they actually give the Martial Arts instructor? The Coaching courses that the organisation that I teach for have been Sport England ratified but are single-day courses resulting in an organisation-specific diploma. I don't dispute the validity or quality of these diplomas but I know that they carry almost no weight outside of the organisation.
Should all Martial Arts instructors pursue NVQs, BTECs and so on? Will they eventually be mandatory? Given that I satisfy all aspects of MASA except for the NVQ (and actively advertise that my club and organistion have these aspects in place) is obtaining MASA approval of any benefit?
I hasten to add that this thread isn't a criticism but a genuine question. I don't know if Steve Rowe or any of his people post on here. I could e-mail him directly but this way I get a more broad answer.