Pay What You Can (PWYC)
I am a big believer in lifelong learning, especially when it comes to massage and bodywork. I take all of the continuing education courses that I can fit into my budget and schedule, and I understand that both can be very tight. Accordingly, I like to keep the pricing for my continuing education courses very reasonable. Unless otherwise indicated a four-hour course is $75 and eight-hour is course $150. That is around $18.75 per CEU or hour.
However, I have seen several posts lately about how expensive CE classes are and I remember how hard it was for me to afford quality CE classes when I first started out. I also felt a little challenged by Rachael Scott in her WA Massage CE Bonus Room to be part of the solution. I want to make my CE classes available to as many people as possible so I am going to try out a "Pay What You Can" system for my classes and see if I (we) can remain sustainable doing so. *if you are a CE instructor, read my note at the bottom of the page.
Please note that this is not a promotion or marketing tactic. I just want to see if I can make my classes available to more people and still sustain them financially. I want to see the overall quality of massage and bodywork in our area become much, much better. I want to see therapists completely fulfilled by their work as well as being financially rewarded for doing amazing work. I also teach these classes because I am passionate about becoming the absolute best massage therapist and bodyworker that I can be, and teaching makes me so much better at what I do. Lastly, I want to share that passion with other equally motivated therapists whether they are comfortable financially or not.
In order to take advantage of the Pay What You Can offer, you just need to enter a promotion code when purchasing a class (or click on one of the links below). The code for the Pay What You Can offer is PWYC with a number after it. The number represents the percent off of the normal price. So PWYC25 would mean that you are getting 25% off of the normal price, etc.
All I ask in return are three things:
1. Don't use the discount if you don't really need it (but use it often if you do) and only take as much of a discount that you really need. There are a lot of costs associated with teaching CE classes and I am hoping that I can still maintain high quality classes with this system in effect.
2. Please, please, please do not no-show me after using a discount. You will be taking up a space that could be used by someone else. This would be very disrespectful to me and the rest of our community who could have actually used the spot that you are taking.
3. Pass this along when you can by teaching a class or mentoring someone under similar conditions when you have the opportunity!
The table below gives an outline of how the discount codes work and you can click on the links to be taken to my class registration page.
A Note To CE Providers: When I first started offering PWYC classes around a year ago other instructors advised me that it was not going to work or I would end up losing money. However, my experience has been the opposite. My classes are as financially sustainable as they have ever been and more people have been able to attend because of this. It is a very small portion of my overall registrations, so I feel like people are being thoughtful and not abusing the opportunity. So come, give it a try and see what happens!