Does anyone else think PD is really expensive? Most seminars usually go for about $100-ish for only an hour and a half or two hours. I just got a brochure for an interesting session, but at $750 for one day, its just too steep. So what are we to do? I understand the requirement for PD and definitely think its a good thing to keep up with current trends and advances, but sometimes it seems a little bit too much like a money-making scheme for event coordinators. The Refuel sessions are handy, and generally pretty interesting, but expensive if you’re not an Institute member. I know a few people who are getting audited this year which has seen a rush on bookings for Refuel, because most people see this as the only way to get their points. Shouldn’t there be some alternatives? Its bad enough that this always has to be done in your own time, so you’re either going after a full day of work or having to take a day off, to which you usually come back to 50 emails and of course some site-based catastrophe (its Murphys Law, if you were in the office nothing would happen!) I would like to see the Architects Board looking at a few PD opportunities, or the Government Architect, so not everything is always tied up with the Institute who are incredibly guarded and secretive if you’re not a member.
OK, rant over! Have a good weekend all!