Virtual learning classes operate on a web-conferencing platform. In a virtual learning class, the instructor interacts with students through the use of text, presentations, slides, chat and interactive icons. Neither instructors nor students use web cameras in our virtual learning classes. Students will be able to ask the instructor questions and get answers in real time, as well as view the instructor and their PowerPoint slides during the seminar. Participation is required to be successful in learning your course material for professional development and preparing for the final exam. The virtual learning classes are recorded and are available for weeks if you occasionally have to miss a class due to work or personal commitments. Quizzes and the mid-term exam are completed online within an allocated time. There may be additional quizzes and assignments throughout the semester.

This section provides you with important general information on how a virtual learning class works. Below, we provide you with some specific details about virtual learning technology that you’ll need to know before you decide this option is right for you. After you register, textbooks are mailed out prior to the start of the semester once there are enough registered students to run the course. We will not send out books for classes that are not confirmed. You are welcome to pick up your textbook in person at your local institute prior to the beginning of the course. Depending upon the number of students and the availability of instructors, not all courses will be offered virtually in all locations. Distance learning is available for courses not offered locally.

ONLINE Learning / Independent Study
Distance learning provides the flexibility of independent study with tutorial support in addition to your core course materials. Distance learning is ideal if you prefer self-directed study or if you need to be able to schedule studying to suit your busy professional and personal commitments. Distance learning is an excellent way to continue your professional development and earn a CIP designation. Students receive all materials by mail, and all subsequent communication with the Institute, including submission of tests, is via email. Distance learning students write the same national exam as in-class and virtual learning students.