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What is BER?

Bureau of Education & Research (BER) is the leading provider of professional development training for educators in North America.

Founded by educators in 1976, the Bureau has grown to provide national and regional training programs across the entire United States. The Bureau is especially proud of its outstanding presenters, all of whom have extensive practical experience in their content areas and many of whom are national and international leaders in their respective fields.

Our goal is to provide high quality programs based on sound research, with an emphasis on practical strategies and techniques that can be immediately implemented.

We stand behind every program and training product we provide. If a participant is not satisfied with a training program or product, we provide a 100% refund of the fee.

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How do I register for an event or conference?

Online: To register for an event or conference, browse our upcoming events and conferences.
You may search for events by topic and grade. Click See Dates to view upcoming dates. By selecting the Register button you may proceed to complete your registration online.

Phone: 1-800-735-3503

Fax: Fax your registration form to 1-425-453-1134

Mail: Mail your registration form to:
Bureau of Education & Research
P.O. Box 96068
Bellevue, WA 98009-9668

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May I register using a purchase order?

You may register with a purchase order, but payment is requested prior to the event.

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What are the hours of your programs?

Start times are listed on our website for each PD event.
Start and end times are as follows:

All In-Person Seminars are scheduled 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. local time
Check-in is 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. local time

All Live Online Seminars are scheduled 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the time zone indicated.
Check in 15 minutes prior. Registrants will be sent login information by email four days before their Live Online Seminar.

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What is my time zone?

Find your time zone by visiting www.ber.org/seminars/timeZone.cfm.

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How do I get access to BER Live Online Event?

Participants will receive an email with access instructions four to five days prior to the event. This email will be sent to the email address included with your registration.

If your class is scheduled to start this morning, please give us a call after 5:30 am Pacific time: 1-800-735-3503.

Otherwise, you can request access to your event by submitting a request.

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What types of re-certification units are available at your programs?

Participants of In-Person Seminars, Live Online Seminars and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a Certificate of Participation that may be used to verify five (5) continuing education hours. In addition, state CEUs are available for all versions of the course in most states. For details, visit our continuing education page: www.ber.org/ceus. Options and requirements vary by state and province. Call us with questions at 1-800-735-3503.

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I would like to take the class for additional college credit. What do I do?

Graduate elective credit is offered through University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, with an additional fee. You will need to attend the entire event, as well as complete a final project. There is no need to sign up or pay university fees in advance of the event. Full details regarding college credit will be available at the event. For additional information on University of Massachusetts Global credit, please see University Credit Options.

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Are your programs guaranteed?

We stand behind every program we produce. If a participant is not satisfied with a program, we provide a 100% refund of the fee.

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May another person substitute for me?

Substitution may be made at any time prior to the event. If you know prior to the day of the program, please give us a call and we will take care of it for you. Otherwise, just have your substitute let us know when he or she checks in the morning of the event.

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What should I do if I need to cancel my registration?

100% of your paid registration fee will be refunded if you can't attend and notify us at least 10 days before the seminar. Late cancellations made prior to the event date will be refunded less a $15.00 service fee. Substitutions may be made at any time without charge.

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I am not able to attend the event. Would I be able to purchase
the resource handbook without attending the event?

We are sorry, but resource handbooks are not available apart from event attendance, unless you purchase a recorded version (which is available for most one-day seminars): recorded versions include full access to the resource handbook.

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What should I do if adverse weather conditions are expected? Do you ever cancel the event?

Unfortunately, we sometimes cancel events if our instructor is unable to travel to the event site due to inclement weather or last minute travel problems.
If schools in your area are closed due to inclement weather, please check here the morning of the event before you leave home to confirm whether or not the event will be held. If the event is held and you are unable to attend due to the weather, we offer a full refund.
For more information, please call us toll free at 1-800-735-3503, Office Hours Weekdays 5:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST .

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May I audiotape or videotape the event?

We are sorry that due to copyright issues we cannot give permission to record our events. However, most of our one-day seminars are available as recorded versions. If you are interested, view our recorded events.

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I need verification of my attendance to meet district and/or state requirements.
How do I obtain verification?

Participants of In-Person Seminars or Live Online Seminars: Complete the End-of-Course evaluation provided at the end of the day within 30 minutes of issue to receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours.  You Certificate of Participation will be emailed within 10 business days of your event.

For those completing the Recorded Version online: Complete the end-of-course evaluation prior to the expiration of your recording to receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours.  Upon completion of the survey, you may access your Certificate of Completion directly through your online account.

All Participants: Please visit our CEU page for more information, www.ber.org/ceus.

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What do I do if I have a specific ADA request?

Handicap IconIf you have a disability for which you require accommodation under the terms of ADA/504, or if you have a medical condition that requires specific attention, please notify BER no later than 30 days prior to the program date by calling 1-800-735-3503 or by email at info@ber.org

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When is my payment due?

Payment is due in our office prior to the event. We accept a valid, signed purchase order as a promise of payment.

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