Non-Credit Continuing Education Flex Registration FAQs

What is "flex" registration?

Each class that includes a flex registration option gives you a variety of ways to learn, including

  • Self-paced online training: You’ll get 24/7 access to high-quality self-paced online training you can start any time, and you get access to the course material for 18 months.
  • Expert live instruction: Choose from one 40-hour scheduled live online or in-person course taught by an industry subject matter expert. Live online courses will be presented via Zoom, WebEx or other conferencing tool. In-person classes will be scheduled based on the University of Arizona reopening guidelines for noncredit in-person classes.
  • Free follow-up training: You will also be able to register for an additional scheduled 40-hour course (on the same topic) for free.

For example, if you register for a “live online” class that starts September 1, you could start learning some basics on your own via the self-paced training. Then you’d log in to your scheduled live online class starting August 1. If you want more training after you finish your class, you will be able to register for an in-person class on the same topic for free.

Which Continuing & Professional Education programs offer a "flex" registration option?

You can see all programs that include a "flex" registration option here.

Why is Continuing & Professional Education offering this option?

We are not currently able to offer in-person classes due to University policies designed to slow the spread of coronavirus. While safety is our highest priority, we also recognize that different people prefer to learn in different formats. 

Some people will learn best in a regular in-person classroom environment. Others may thrive in a "live online" environment where they can log into a virtual classroom to learn at specific times, without leaving their home or office. Others may prefer self-paced online training because they want to work independently and learn on their own schedule.

Our goal with the "flex" registration option is to protect the health and safety of our learners and to allow them to choose the training format that works best for them. That's why "flex" registrations include free self-paced online training, one 40-hour live class (either "live online" or in-person), and one free follow-up live class.

What is included in live classes?

Both live online and in-person classes include 40 hours of training from an industry subject matter expert instructor, textbook/materials and (for many classes) a voucher to take the corresponding certification exam.

How does a "live online" class work?

Just like an in-person class, you will participate in live online classes on a specific schedule. Most classes meet Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. You will learn directly from an instructor and have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and your fellow learners.

The big difference is: you can participate in a live online class from any location where you have a good Internet connection. Live online courses use Zoom, WebEx or a similar conferencing tool to provide a virtual classroom environment.

We will send you login information prior to the class start date. On the day of class, you can log in from any location and start learning.

How do I register for my free live class?

Once you have purchased a "Flex" class, you will be able to register for one additional "Flex" class on the same topic for free. A 100% discount will be applied automatically to your qualifying additional purchase.

Where will in-person classes meet?

Most in-person classes meet at the University of Arizona at Sierra Vista, though some are offered in Tucson.

Will it be safe to attend an in-person class?

In-person classes will be scheduled according to the University's health and safety guidelines. In-person class dates will be based on the most current guidelines from the University of Arizona and are subject to change if those guidelines change. 

All in-person classes will also follow the University's policies and best practice recommendations regarding face coverings, number of people in class, social distancing, sanitation and other measures to keep our learners as safe as possible.

What is included with the self-paced online training?

The self-paced training includes

  • 24/7 access to online course material
  • Access to the material for 6-18 months, depending on the program
  • Recorded lectures and slides
  • Virtual cloud-based labs
  • Exam practice
  • Support from an industry subject matter expert to help you understand the material

When will I get access to the self-paced online training?

In most cases, you will be given access to the self-paced online training within two business days of registering for your class. We will send you an email with login instructions.

Don't see the answer you're looking for?

Note: the information on this page only applies to non-credit programs offered through the office of Continuing & Professional Education. For academic programs, please see the University of Arizona Covid-19 updates pages for the latest information.

For noncredit Continuing & Professional Education programs, Contact Dr. John DeLalla at 520-458-8278 x2301 or jd@arizona.edu