Well, for better or for worse, I signed up for both the Standard and Intermediate certification classes. I am not a store owner, just a hobbyist who does a little teaching on the side and by no means needs the official credentials. I'm interested in applying for a design team one day, so this certification might help? Regardless, I'm excited to meet Marianne Walker as well as other local Copic fanatics.
I did some research online for "reviews" from people who took the classes and for the most part, they seem to appreciate it. I can see being a little bored in the Standard class since I've learned most of it already through other classes, reading, and videos, but on the other hand I'm sure I'll learn something new still. I wish that hobbyists had the choice of skipping this one though since it's intended more for business owners and other professional crafters.