The system is different in Europe, but also there are lists of recognized schools in France that PCIE doesn't appear on. As Vonnegut mentioned, there are some red flags. Thailand giving teaching licenses to TESOL teachers with PCIE degrees is only proof that Thailand may not do a lot of vetting. The minimum requirement for a Non-Immigrant "B" (Teaching) Visa in Thailand is a Bachelor's degree, so they may be accepted in spite of the PCIE degree and not because of it. I really hope PCIE turns out to be a quality education but I can see why people on the thread and the board are concerned.