Ask the A Team...

Apr 01, 2006

Let our expert member services team answer your most frequently asked questions about the IDEA World Fitness Convention.

The brochure is out, the buzz has started, and you have a million questions swirling through your head about getting registered for the 2006 IDEA World Fitness Convention in Las Vegas (July 25–29). Whether you’re a veteran attendee or a first-timer, a few details about the process always seem to remain a mystery.

In an effort to clarify some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about registration, CECs, session selection, accommodations and other facets of this exciting event, we asked our member services crew—the A Team—to anticipate some of your needs. In addition to the usual array of exciting IDEA World Fitness Convention coverage we roll out in IDEA Fitness Journal, for the next four issues our senior director of membership Annina Torri, senior account manager Alex Halkias and account manager Anthony Gionti will answer your FAQs and give tips on how to maximize your experience.

If you don’t find what you need here or in future issues, you can always contact the A Team directly by calling (800) 999-4332, ext. 7, or—if outside the United States and Canada—(858) 535-8979, ext. 7. The team is friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help you!

Which certification agencies offer CECs for this event?

The credits you can earn at this event are recognized by the following agencies: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NATA-BOC, NASM-CPT & -CGT, NFPT, NSCA-CSCS & -CPT and W.I.T.S. If your certification agency is not listed, simply check to see what credits it allows.

How many CECs are offered for each session?

To find out how many CECs are offered for each session, please visit the IDEA World Fitness Convention page of our website——and download the CEC Grid, or call member services for assistance. The grid will be included in the binder you receive on-site; however, the website is the sole source for this information before the event.

What is the maximum number of CECs available for this year’s IDEA World Fitness Convention?

During the 4-day event, you can earn up to 20 CECs

(precons not included).

How do I get continuing education credit for the sessions I attend?

The binder you receive on-site in Las Vegas will contain a Continuing Education Credit Completion Form. To get credit for the sessions you attend, simply complete the form, sign and date it, make a copy for your records and send a copy to your certification agency. If you cannot find the form in your binder or you misplace it, contact the IDEA member services team (on-site or after the convention), and they will give you a replacement.

Do I get CECs or certification for completing the preconvention sessions?

Some of the precons offered at the 2006 IDEA World Fitness Convention in Las Vegas do offer CECs. The two cycling precons (Schwinn and RevMaster) will be giving certificates of completion. To find out which precons do and which don’t, please visit the IDEA World Fitness Convention page of our website——and download the CEC Grid, or call member services.

What is required to enter sesssions?

To enter sessions, you will need to wear the wristband and name badge you receive when you check in on-site. If a session is close to or at capacity, you will need to produce your session schedule at the door so the monitor can verify that you are registered for that session.

Will I get handouts or notes for my sessions?

You will receive a binder at onsite registration/check-in that has a CD containing the notes for all sessions at this event. At the beginning of each class you attend, you will receive a hard copy of the handout for that session so you can add your own notes to it and put the copy in your binder for safekeeping. The added bonus of the CD gives you access to all session notes provided by presenters for this event. This is a terrific value and not nearly as heavy to lug around all week!

Why is the convention being held in Las Vegas again?

There are several reasons for this. Repeated surveys of past event attendees have revealed that most delegates are more interested in attending an event in a “destination” city. Additionally, the sheer size and scope of the IDEA World Fitness Convention necessitates that we use a venue with enough large rooms to accommodate all the workouts offered on the schedule. We also need to ensure that there are plenty of hotels nearby for a multitude of attendees, and easy access to air travel in and out of the destination city for attendees coming from every corner of the globe. Finally, some cities are just a lot more expensive to hold events in; IDEA does its very best to keep your attendance costs as low as possible. Put all these factors together and there are only a few cities in the United States that are a good fit for IDEA events.

Does the cost of registration include accommodations?

No. The cost of the full registration ($449 for members; $539 for nonmembers) includes 4 days’ worth of sessions (July 26–29). If you want to save money by sharing the cost of accommodations with another attendee, we can provide you with a list of people who wish to share a room. To add your name to the list or to obtain a copy of it, simply give us a call. We’ll supply the names—you make the choice! You save even more money by registering before the early-bird deadline on May 19 ($379 for members; $469 for nonmembers). If you wait to register on-site, expect to pay more ($519 for members; $609 for nonmembers).

Does the hotel offer a special rate?

Yes! The Hilton Las Vegas is offering IDEA attendees a special rate for this event: single/double: $115; each additional person, $30. This rate, based on availability, is good until Friday, June 23, 2006. Reservations received after the cutoff date of June 23 will be at the prevailing rack rate and based on availability. A reservation fee of one night’s room revenue is due and payable to the hotel for failure to cancel a guaranteed reservation at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.

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