Hi Ladies (and gentlemen)... I see this thread is up and running again. It's been a while since the original post and discussion and I just wanted to share a few tidbits and updates with everyone.
Each fall, we have a team meeting where we look at our current programs and make any changes/tweaks necessary. We give surveys at the end of each class and we take a serious look at the feedback we get during the year. As our program has evolved, so has the way we cover the content in our classes. This past year, we condensed the "store/instructor" aspect of our certification classes and added more focus on getting the markers in your hands and practicing the coloring and blending techniques. We also have added a "portfolio" for the Standard class like we have in the Intermediate. Our images have all been tweaked and new ones added. The content of the class isn't different, but the amount of time focusing on each aspect has been readjusted based on customer feedback.
Our certification classes are no longer "just for teachers or stores" but for anyone who wants to successfully learn how to use their Copic products. Like I said in a previous post, there is a lot of info out there on how to use Copic products. Some info is spot on and some is not. There are some amazingly talented Copic instructors out there... whether you decide to take a class from one of our Regional Certification Instructors (trained directly by the company) or someone else, please make sure to do some research about the instructor/class first so you won't be disappointed.
Have a Colorful Day!