I get a lot of calls from folks who need certification ASAP. The call usually starts out asking if I have a class that day or the next day. Because, they usually explain, they needed to certified or recertified already. Like … they should have been in a class yesterday.
They had a deadline and they missed it. Sometimes I do have a class that day or the next that they can join in. Often I don’t. Some will ask if I’ll do a class just for them right away. I’m sympathetic, I do understand that sometimes we miss deadlines. We get busy, life happens, etc. However I can’t drop everything to do a private one-on-one class, especially not for the same course charge as one of my open-enrollment classes.
I will occasionally schedule a private one-on-one certification course. It’s pretty rare though. I have to charge for the same amount of time and the individual supplies to do this, and it can be pricey. Which is why I don’t often recommend it.
But what can get frustrating is the folks who call or email and demand that I do a class for just them, or try to guilt me into doing a class just for them. My class schedule is based on my family’s schedule, and while I do leave open days for booking on-site classes, it’s just not cost effective to do this. I’m really not comfortable charge a large fee for 1 person.
In the summer my schedule is reduced because my kids are home from school. I’m teaching a lot less so I can enjoy the summer with them. I have a classes every few weeks. If those don’t meet your deadline I’m happy to suggest other places or instructors to call. Just please be kind when you call and ask for a class yesterday.