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Course Attendees

The following information is for course attendees at SPIE events.

Check-in Process

    ✔ Check-in at registration
    ✔ Receive badge, conference registration materials, and tickets
    ✔ Go to Course Materials Desk
    ✔ Exchange course ticket(s) for printed course materials*

*Printed course materials will act as a "ticket" to enter the course room. Course Desk staff will tell you the location of the course when you receive your materials.

Course materials are copyrighted by the instructor and are for course attendance and personal use only. Course materials may not be copied or redistributed in any way.

As a courtesy to the instructor and other attendees, please arrive to the course no later than the posted start time. Course materials can be picked up any time before the scheduled date and time of your course, but it is a good idea to pick them up at least 15-30 minutes prior. Courses may be held in a different location than the conferences.

Break Times
Half-day Courses: 15-30 minutes
Full-day Courses: 15-30 minute morning break, 1.5 hour lunch break, and 15-30 minute afternoon break

*Breaks typically coincide with conference coffee breaks, but are at the discretion of the instructor.

A brief quiz is given to assess retention of the course learning outcomes that are outlined in the course description. Quizzes are not graded, but must be completed and submitted to SPIE to receive the CEU (Continuing Education Unit) Credits.

Course Evaluations
Each set of course notes will have a course evaluation form. Please fill out the evaluation form and comments section. Your feedback is valuable and helps us assess our courses, and helps our instructors to continually improve their material.   You may place completed evaluations in the Course Evaluation box in the course room, mail it to SPIE, or return it to the Course Materials Desk. 

Digital Credentials
SPIE awards digital badges and certificates to participants who attend courses and complete the evaluation and quiz. Certificates will be mailed to attendees approximately 10 weeks after the conference has ended.

To receive a digital credential you must:

    ✔ Be present for the entire course.
    ✔ Complete course quiz.
    ✔ Fill out course evaluation.
    ✔ Fill in your contact information in the space provided.
    ✔ Drop completed quiz and evaluation forms in the Course Evaluation Box in the course room, mail to SPIE, or return to the Course Materials desk.

More information about digital credentials can be found at SPIE Badges and Certificates

Money-back Guarantee
If an SPIE in-person course does not meet your expectations, please contact us at education@spie.org or speak to a staff member onsite. SPIE strives to offer quality courses and has a full, money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Cancellation of Course by SPIE
SPIE reserves the right to reschedule or cancel courses. Reasons may include but not limited to insufficient registrations, and instructor availability. In the case that a course is cancelled students will receive the choice of transferring to another course, credit for a future course, or a refund.

Attendee Cancellation Information
Please review the SPIE refund information, found on the registration page for each SPIE event:

Photonics West

Medical Imaging

Advanced Lithography

Photonics Europe

Defense + Commercial Sensing

Smart Structures

Optics + Photonics

Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation


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