Right now I’m sitting in a classroom in Redmond, auditing the UM material so I can be qualified to teach it. I had a thought a little while ago: the $18,500 tuition seems awfully steep, but if you amortize it across the 18 training days, that’s a hair more than $1000/day. Divide that by the 11- to 12-hour class days, and you come out with an hourly rate of, say, $90. That’s cheaper than hiring many kinds of professionals; there’s no way you could hire the caliber of instructors available here (say, Ross Smith IV or Tim McMichael) for that little.
Of course, this estimate ignores the cost of travel, and the time you actually have to invest in the class, but it helps to put the seemingly huge expense in perspective.