Bureau of Education & Research Video Training Programs

Frequently Asked Questions



What is BER?

Bureau of Education & Research (BER) is the leading provider of staff development and training resources 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 and Canada. 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 a event or conference?

Online: Visit the Events section of the website. You will be prompted to choose your state, grade level, and location of the event. By selecting the Register button associated with a specific event you may proceed to register 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 preferred prior to the event.

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What are the hours of your programs?

One-day events:
All events are 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Two-day conferences:
First Day is 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Registration 7:45 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.

Second Day is 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Registration 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

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

Review our continuing education page. 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 Brandman University in Orange County, California, with an additional fee of $65.00 (in U.S. funds). 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 Brandman University credit, please see University Credit Options area on this website.

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Are your programs guaranteed?

We stand behind every program we produce. If a participant is not satisfied with a training 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 beginning of 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 at the registration table 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 if you notify us at least 10 days before the event. Late cancellations may request a full credit for a future program or will be refunded less a $15.00 cancellation fee.

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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.

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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 click here (http://www.ber.org/weather) 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, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

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May I audiotape or videotape the event?

We are sorry that due to copyright issues we cannot give permission to audiotape or videotape events. However, some of our seminars are available on CD or audiotape. If you are interested, please call us toll free at 1-800-735-3503 or check the section titled Audio Seminars on this website.

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

All attendees will receive a personalized certificate of attendance at the end of the event which may be used to verify your participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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

Handicap IconIf you have a disibility for which you require accomodation 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.

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