How exactly does the Destination-based Virtual Classroom format work?
AEI’s new and unique destination-based, virtual classrooms are designed to mimic the format and learning environment of a physical classroom. Indeed, we sometimes call it “the classroom without the classroom”. Similar to AEI’s traditional physical classrooms with AEI’s destination-based virtual classrooms you will participate from the destination to which you’ve chosen to travel (within a 30 mile radius to be precise) during scheduled lecture hours. But, instead of viewing the course in the company of only those registered for the same destination that same week, you’ll now attend in the virtual and interactive company of everyone registered for all locations operating in the same time zone. This dramatically increases your opportunity for dialogue with other practitioners and, better still, lets you do so on your laptop or tablet from the safety and comfort of your hotel room or condominium.
While the traditional classroom model is quite good and has served us all very well, AEI’s new destination-based virtual classroom model is even better offering total COVID-safety, comfort, convenience and the opportunity for dialogue with many more colleagues from a variety of professional disciplines. Now you understand why we keep saying, “the best way to mix business with pleasure just got better.”
Do I have to begin an AEI course on a Monday or Thursday?
No. Whether you register for one of our Monday-Friday or Thursday-Monday courses you may begin any day during either 5-day schedule and carry over into its next occurrence if you like.
If I plan on attending an AEI course for only 2 days can I register at a pro-rated tuition fee?
Your registration for an AEI course entitles you to attend all 20 hours of programming. Indeed, you may repeat the course an unlimited number of times at any open classroom at no charge. So while one may only attend say two days of programming during their first participation in an AEI course they typically have hundreds of opportunities to complete the course (or retake it in full) through the end of its presentation cycle, usually the end of September. Pro-rated tuition, however, is not available.
Are my travel and lodging expenses associated with my attendance of an AEI course tax deductible?
Seminar tuition and associated travel, lodging and meal expenses are tax deductible if the primary purpose of your trip is to maintain or improve professional skills.* AEI’s Destination-based, Virtual Classroom maintains all the tax relevant characteristics and requirements of our traditional physical classrooms including requiring physical presence in the city for which you’re registered, permitting attendance only during scheduled lecture hours, participation with all others registered for your session, and the supervision of all sessions by AEI staff. While you should always consult your tax advisor regarding your personal situation, AEI courses are designed to comply fully with current tax laws. Yet another reason to register.
* See Treasury Reg. 1.162.5; Coughlin v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 203 F 2d 307.
Are AEI courses accredited?
You can earn the Continuing Medical, Dental, Legal Education credits you need while you hone your professional skills. American Educational Institute is an ACCME accredited sponsor and all courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits as well as AAFP Prescribed Credit. CLE, CE and CDE credit is also available in many states.
Are AEI courses approved for credit in my state?
American Educational Institute is an ACCME accredited sponsor and all courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits as well as AAFP Prescribed Credit. CLE, CE and CDE credit is also available in many states. See our Accreditations page for complete information, including state-by-state listings.
How long has AEI been providing continuing education programming?
AEI has been a continuing education sponsor since 1982 and in that time, has taken over 100,000 registrations from physicians, attorneys, dentists and affiliated healthcare professionals based across the country and, indeed, the world.
Does AEI enjoy a high percentage of repeat registrants?
Yes, very. Indeed, each year of the close to 2,000 learners completing AEI course evaluation forms, over 98% say they’d recommend AEI to a colleague. Check for a sampling of what some of your colleagues have to say about AEI.
Can I register for an AEI course now and decide when and where I’ll attend later?
Absolutely. And, if it turns out you need to cancel altogether that’s no problem given AEI’s liberal cancellation policy.
Do I need to register for an AEI course in advance?
No, you are welcome to register any time prior to the starting time of your first day. That said, given AEI’s very liberal cancellation policy and the fact that most accountants recommend advance registration to better establish the educational purpose of your trip, there’s really no reason not to pre-register for an AEI course.
Is my tuition refundable if I need to cancel my participation in an AEI course?
Yes. While you may register for a course at the classroom with AEI’s liberal cancellation policy there’s really no reason not to register well in advance. This is especially true since many accountants feel early registration better establishes the business purpose of your trip. You may cancel any time prior to attendance and receive a full tuition refund less a $25 administrative fee. Or, if you like, you may use your entire tuition amount as a credit against a future registration.
How do I know which weeks an AEI course is presented at a given location?
One of the hallmarks of AEI is that our course is presented every week of each of our classrooms’ operating seasons. See the When section of your desired destination.
Can I retake an AEI course at a discount?
We can do one better, you can retake an AEI course for free. And you can do so an unlimited number of times at any open classroom through the end of that course’s presentation cycle (typically the end of September).
If I’m registered for an AEI course at a ski resort based classroom will AEI allow me to purchase discount ski lift tickets for my entire travel party including family and friends?
Yes. You’re entitled to purchase as many discounted tickets as you like. The same applies for discounted ski equipment rental opportunities. Check for all the ski resorts for which you can procure discounted lift tickets and equipment rentals.
Are discounted room rates at the preferred properties available to AEI registrants?
Yes. AEI’s preferred properties offer AEI registrants and their travel parties discounted lodging rates if they contact the property directly and reference the appropriate AEI group or discount code. See our preferred properties as well as their direct booking phone number and group codes. For more specific pricing information either view the destination’s page or call the property directly.
Are AEI's courses "live"?
AEI’s continuing education courses are produced in state-of-the-art production studios using 4K technology. While the course itself is a professional, studio shoot, it is presented to our learners via our Destination-based, Virtual Classrooms which utilize a “live” classroom environment. It is not self-study. Rather, registrants may attend an AEI course only at travel destination at which AEI offers a classroom, only during scheduled lecture hours and always under the supervision of AEI staff. All learners participate in the virtual but interactive company of all other participants similarly registered for that same week to any classroom in the same time zone. Finally, many learners have commented that AEI’s pre-recorded format results in a superior educational experience to live activities in which they’ve participated.
How does AEI select its speaking faculty?
AEI’s presenters come from all over the country and a variety of professional disciplines. The common denominator is their subject matter expertise and ability to convey it clearly to peers and those of other professional backgrounds. AEI presenters have included past AEI course participants, professionals recommended by other faculty members, and well-known authors and presenters in their respective fields. If you would like to explore the possibility of presenting on an AEI course please contact AEI president, David R. Victor, JD.
How does AEI select its classroom locations?
AEI currently maintains classrooms in a number of premier Sun and Ski travel destinations. These locations were selected due to their perceived appeal to our learners and prospective registrants. If you’d like to recommend an additional destination for AEI to add to its classroom roster please do so by emailing us your thoughts, it will be greatly appreciated.
What type of registration, participation and continuing education credit documentation will I receive?
Let’s take those one at a time.
- Registration Verification: you will receive a registration confirmation via email within 1 business day after you register on-line, and real-time if you register by phone
- Participation Certificate: You will receive a Certificate of Participation on your last day of attendance of an AEI course. Simply advise your AEI classroom facilitator of what your final day of attendance will be and they will have a Certificate waiting for you which will verify your registration in good standing and that you participated in the course, however, not the number of days or hours you were in attendance. Daily attendance sheets which you are encouraged to sign each day articulate the extend of your participation to some degree.
- Continuing Education Credit: while the exact format of your credit award documentation will vary from profession to profession with AEI's brand new online credit request process at the end of your participation in a course you can request credits for those lecture you attended and receive your certificate immediately via email.
Are AEI presentations ever cancelled?
No. Barring exceptional circumstances such as hurricanes, property closures, etc., AEI course presentations are never cancelled. AEI is unusual in this respect but maintains this no cancellation policy so that our learners can register for our courses and schedules their trips with confidence.
Is the AEI classroom open on the holiday?
AEI’s classrooms are open on all regularly scheduled days, even on holidays. If your classroom is scheduled to be open, the seminar will go on regardless of fireworks, turkey, mistletoe, or bbqs.