I look at several aspects. First, whether the subject of the course is of interest to me and will complement or supplement my knowledge base. Second, the reputation of the organization which has put the course together. I also tend to look at organizations with which I am already certified because it usually means continuity of approach. I also do a cost / benefit analysis as much as possible. Some courses are rather expensive, particularly when travel is involved, and I am asking myself whether this will enhance my marketability to justify the expense. The number of CeCs are of lesser interest to me because I always have more than I need.
I look at exactly the same things Karen does with a little more regarding travel and conferences. I have found over the years that if I jam all my CEC’s into a conference (although it’s always a great experience in many ways), I retain less. I now choose not to go to those events for CEC purposes.
I usually choose 1 big course~a topic I’d really like to learn more about~which fits into either training or Aquatics categories and then a few smaller courses of interest.
Karin, Kimberly and Jeffrey hit it on the head! In 18 years I have attended 16 IDEA Conferences as its an awesome way to connect and re-connect with other Fitness Professionals, Presenters and of course the Vendors.
This year I’m going to take workshops in areas that I’m not familiar with in order to grow as a Personal Trainer/Nutritionist and Wellness Coach.
Pick workshops that will help your business grow, just don’t forget to have fun doing so! 😀
For me continuing education is most about learning and growing. Although the organization offering the CEC as well as the cost is a factor, there are many opportunities to continue ones education where one doesn’t earn any CECs.
Although I enjoy the all the fitness conventions, I am at a point in my career where I find investing in university level courses to benefit me more professionally. Hence, when I choose courses with the objective of continuing my education I always consider how it will assist me in growing intellectually.