I was just registering for this year's certification seminar, when I was taken aback at the now $50.00 charge for these seminars.
I do believe last year was just $10.00 (as were all the ones I have been to since I started going in 1996), and held in Norfolk, which is 18 miles from my office. This year the closest seminar is in Greenville, NC which is a three hour drive away. If the seminars still start at 8AM, which the posted .pdf does not say, I will need to be on the road by 4:45AM or shell out for a hotel room for the night before. I do not function well when I arise that early, thus last year's $10.00 seminar this year costs $150.00, including gas and lodging.
As per the instructions on the .pdf page one, "Please review the form before faxing, and fax only page 2. Transmitting more than once may result in double charging". As per the instructions on page two about credit card payment, "To charge registrations on MasterCard, Visa, AmEX, Discover and Credit/Debit cards please complete the information requested above and fax both pages to our secure fax server at 813.632.9377." Page one has nothing that can be filled out. It almost looks as if they are shooting for double billings. Then they can get $100.00 per attendee.
I wonder if they had not raised the price 400 percent if the instructions would be consistent.
Good thing the economy is humming along and everyone is flush with money.