Protection & Control Seminar
Protection & Control Seminar
July 30 - August 2, 2018
Clearwater Beach, FL

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q. How do I register for the Protection & Control Seminar?
    • A. You can register online up until the registration deadline. We do not offer on-site registration.

  • Q. What are the payment options?
    • A. Our online registration system accepts payment via credit card. If you require payment via a check or invoice, please select "Other Payment Options" during registration. Payment must be received by Beckwith Electric prior to the start of the seminar.

      When paying by mail, include attendee name with payment. Mail payment to:

      Beckwith Electric
      Attn: Seminar Administrator
      6190 118th Avenue North
      Largo, FL 33773

  • Q. Do you offer group discounts?
    • A. Yes, group discounts are available. 12% group discount for 2+ attendees from the same organization. The group discount only applies to multiple registrations made on the same day. You can register for a group discount during the online registration process.

  • Q. How can I get a receipt for my registration payment?
    • A. Your registration confirmation email includes the amount paid and acts as your receipt. If your accounting department requires something additional, contact us online or call 727.544.2326 and ask for the Protection & Control Seminar Administrator.

  • Q. Can I update my registration once I have submitted it?


  • Q. Which events can my guests attend with me?
    • A. Your guests can attend all evening activities and these do not require a "Companion Guest Pass."

  • Q. Can my guests come to breakfast and lunch with me?
    • A. No, the breakfast and lunch are optimized for the number of registered seminar attendees only. If you plan on traveling with a family member, spouse or significant other, each guest needs to purchase a "Companion Guest Pass” if planning to attend breakfast and lunch.

  • Q. Can my guests attend sessions with me?
    • A. No, your registration allows for only you to attend sessions. A companion guest pass does not include access to the seminar sessions and cannot be purchased for a business colleague(s).

  • Q. How much does the Companion Guest Pass cost?
    • A. The Companion Guest Pass is $175 and includes breakfast and lunch for each day of the seminar, plus all evening activities. The Companion Guest Pass must be purchased before the registration deadline and these are not sold on-site at the seminar. This is to ensure that we order enough breakfast and lunch plus seating for the number of registered seminar attendees and registered guests.


  • Q. Are substitutions permitted?
    • A. Yes. There is no cost if you would like to substitute one attendee for another. Contact us online or call 727.544.2326 and ask for the Protection & Control Seminar Administrator.

  • Q. What is your cancellation policy?
  • Q. Are there exceptions to your cancellation policy?
    • A. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis involving situations of personal or family emergency. Contact us online or call 727.544.2326 and ask for the Protection & Control Seminar Administrator.


  • Q. What is a CEU?
    • A. The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a currency that measures a person's participation in a formal, non-credit continuing education program, such as a workshop, seminar, tutorial, or self-study course. Courses approved by IEEE for awarding CEUs meet strict requirements for course exercises, assessments, and evaluations. If you are a licensed engineer or maintain a professional license issued by a society, an association, an occupational licensing board or a department of professional regulation within your state, you may be eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for your participation in the Protection & Control Seminar.
  • Q. What is a PDH?
    • A. The Professional Development Hour (PDH) is a currency that measures a person's participation in a formal, non-credit continuing education program, such as a workshop, seminar, tutorial, and self-study course. It also measures non-formal learning events such as attending speaker events, learning tours, and webinars.

  • Q. Can CEUs be converted into PDHs?
    • A. Yes, CEUs can be readily translated into PDHs (1 CEU = 10 PDHs).

  • Q. How do I receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs)?
    • A. If you want to receive CEUs or PDHs, please let us know on your online registration form or contact us online (Before the start of the seminar) to let us know.

  • Q. How can I find out what my state's continuing education requirements for license renewal are?
  • Q. After completion of the course, how soon are the CEU certificates sent to the participants, and how are they transmitted?
    • A. CEU certificates are emailed direct from IEEE to attendees usually within 15 business days after the end of the seminar. At the conclusion of the seminar, you will receive a "Certificate of Attendance" indicating the actual number of contact hours you accrued at the seminar. It is your responsibility to compile all necessary paperwork and provide it to the appropriate licensing board or professional organization with whom you are certified, and to confirm this program content is acceptable based on their individual standards.


  • Q. What is the dress code?
    • A. Resort casual or business casual attire will get you through the entire seminar from general sessions to receptions. Please remember meeting rooms tend to be chilly so it is a good idea to bring a sweater or jacket with you. Don't forget swim attire for beach volleyball! Wear what makes you comfortable!


  • Q. Who do I contact if I need help before the start of the Protection & Control Seminar?
    • A. Contact us online or call 727.544.2326 and ask for the Protection & Control Seminar Administrator.

  • Q. Who do I contact if I need help during the Protection & Control Seminar?
    • A. At the seminar, the Help Desk will be open 7 AM-5 PM on Monday in front of the Hunter Ballroom. Tuesday through Thursday, the Help Desk will be open 7:30 AM-5 PM. Or you can contact us online.


  • Q. Are you traveling to the United States and require a Visa?
    • A. Apply early if you are traveling to the United States and require a Visa. Beckwith Electric recommends that all interested individuals planning on attending begin this process 4 to 6 months in advance. More information on applying for a Visa.


  • Q. What meals are included with my seminar registration?
    • A. Four breakfasts and lunches (Monday-Thursday) are included in your registration. We also have food and beverages at our evening receptions.

  • Q. What if I have some dietary restrictions/special needs?
    • A. Every effort is made to ensure seminar meals accommodate a wide range of dietary preferences; however, due to vendor limitations, not all dietary restrictions can be accommodated.


  • Q. When and where do I pick up my badge and seminar materials?
    • A. Please check-in for the seminar and pick-up your badge and seminar materials sometime between 7 PM-8 PM on Sunday, or 7 AM-8 AM on Monday, at the Beckwith Electric Help Desk.


  • Q. Where does the Protection & Control Seminar take place?
    • A. Sandpearl Resort, 500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. Visit the Accommodations webpage for additional details.

  • Q. Does the registration cost include hotel accommodations?
    • A. No, you are responsible for all lodging costs, but Beckwith has secured special rates at the Sandpearl Resort. Visit the Accommodations webpage for additional details.

  • Q. Are there special hotel room rates as part of the seminar?
    • A. Yes! Beckwith Electric has secured discounted rates for seminar participants. You have to be registered for the seminar in order to take advantage of the negotiated rates at the Sandpearl Resort. Visit the Accommodations webpage for additional details.

  • Q. How do I make changes or cancel my hotel room reservation?
    • A. Contact the Sandpearl Resort direct to make changes to your reservation. For cancellations, please contact us online or call 727.544.2326 and ask for the Protection & Control Seminar Administrator. Cancellations must be made through Beckwith Electric and not the hotel. Room cancellations must be made no later than seven (7) days in advance in order to avoid the cancellation charge of one night’s room and tax.

  • Q. The Protection & Control Seminar hotel block is full (or full on some days) and I cannot get the rate for my entire stay, what can I do?
    • A. Each year, our room block does fill up and the hotel sells out. For the best opportunity, secure your hotel reservation as early as possible. If the hotel's reservation website shows no availability of the rate, be sure to call the hotel direct. The hotel can often help with securing the rate on days where the rate is still available.

  • Q. Is there Wireless Internet Access at the Sandpearl Resort?
    • A. Complimentary wifi access is provided to seminar attendees who are staying at the Sandpearl Resort. There is also wireless access for all attendees available in public areas of the Sandpearl Resort.


  • Q. What do I do if I need special accommodations?
    • A. Should you require special considerations (i.e. handicapped access, dietary restrictions), please notify us in advance, before the seminar registration deadline, so that we may accommodate your needs. Please contact us online with any special requests.



  • Q. Do I make my own travel arrangements to attend the Protection & Control Seminar?
    • A. Yes. Each attendee is responsible for making their own hotel and travel arrangements. Visit the Accommodations webpage for additional details on the hotel, area airports, and ground transportation options.

  • Q. How can I get from the airport to the seminar hotel?
    • A. The Sandpearl Resort is convenient to the services of Tampa International Airport/TPA (21 miles/33 mins) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport/PIE (12 miles/22 mins). Recommended transportation is available through Super Shuttle (800-258-3826). Estimated cost is $28 one-way. Ground transportation from all airports to Sandpearl is available via limousine, shuttle van, bus charter, taxi ($55+ one-way), ridesharing companies, sedan service and car rental.

  • Q. Do I need to rent a car?
    • A. We do not recommend that you rent a car. Once you get to the hotel, everything is in close walking distance.

  • Q. How much is parking at the Sandpearl Resort?
    • A. Hotel parking is available on a per car, per night charge: $25 (Valet Only) Daily Event Valet Parking (No Overnight): $15

  • Q. Are there other parking options near the Sandpearl Resort?
    • A. Not staying at the Sandpearl Resort? North Beach Parking Plaza is a covered parking garage only a block away from the Sandpearl Resort. If offers 24 hour staff, 24/7 video surveillance and over 700 parking spaces. Visit the North Beach Parking Plaza website for more information and parking pricing.