The single most important piece of information you need is whether or not the certification organization is NCCA accredited.
After making sure of that, the rest is up to you. Anyone can pass a test if they put in a little effort. Experience is the next hurdle.
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Once you are certified, you need to keep up youreducation and get your CECs for renewal. Think about coming to the Big Island for a Continuing Educaton Vacation and you should be able to write off most of your expenses (if you set up your week/weeks with me properly) for the trip.
Ask your tax guy. According to my tax advisor, “Professionals must spend over half of their days doing business (in a CEC course for some part of the day) to deduct airfare. Other costs (Hotels, meals, rental car) are only written off for the business days (days of CEC courses).”
I set up CEC courses for individuals or groups according to this, their budget, and how they want to set up their time. I can take you around the island for off site course work and out on field trips like swimming the triathlon course, biking, hiking the volcano,and more with CEC time, etc. And you get to come to Hawaii!!