Should I Go To Dallas?
Which is better? Is it better to earns CEUs doing home study, or is it better to attend courses? I've been having this debate with myself. Like almost everyone else, I have a continuing education budget. In previous years, I've fulfilled my requirement with home study courses. Now there is a course coming to Dallas in March I would like to take. Doing that would deplete my budget but this is something that doesn't lend itself to the home study format. Taking it would also mean no more courses for the rest of the year. I'm a CEU junkie. I like taking courses. I don't know if I can go an entire year without taking anything else.
Both methods have advantages and disadvantages. Home study courses are usually less expensive and can be done at one's leisure. Most of them are only worth an hour or two, so more courses are required. There is no opportunity for interaction with the author. Going to a course provides the opportunity to ask questions and practice techniques. Most courses are at least six hours, which means fewer courses are needed to make the requirement. Normally it's not much of a debate for me. I can manage a one-day course if it's in Houston. The problem is this is a multi-day course in Dallas.
So now I'm asking myself is it worth a road trip? As big as Houston is, very few courses actually come here. I'm lucky if there is one course a year that I would actually like to attend in Houston. Now there is an NDT course, which to me is a must for treating neuro patients, and it's in Dallas. There will be other courses if I pass on this one. There may even be something better later in the year. But I have no way of knowing because it's only January and many providers haven't posted complete schedules.
I don't need to be worrying about this. I have plenty of education coming my way through school. For a small fee I can get a class approved as a CEU and get credit. My problem is I want to learn more NDT. I want to take this course. The debate would be much less if the location was Houston. I eliminate much of the cost by not having to travel. This happened to me a few years ago when the APTA came to San Antonio. I wanted to go, but couldn't afford it. Retrospectively that was a mistake. I should have sucked it up and gone. Now I'm waiting for the APTA to choose another Texas city. I don't want to make that mistake again.
I'll eventually make a decision. The course isn't scheduled until the end of March so I have some time to make up my mind. I'm going to call the company offering the NDT course to see if there are any other Texas dates in the future. I'm also going to do a cost/benefit analysis for the total cost. Maybe I'll be lucky and get a tax refund large enough to help cover the cost. I was going to buy a saddle if I got a refund. This might be better use of any money.