Frequently Asked Questions
How much does AIM cost?
AIM courses are very reasonable compared to other online courses of similar depth and duration. A standard AIM Online course is $199. Significant discounts are available if you register for several courses at the same time; the greatest value is if you register for the entire AIM Diploma program at once (a payment plan is available if needed). Additionally, limited discounts may be offered on the website or at particular locations, especially for onsite programs or programs involving large numbers of students.
If you wish to hold an AIM session onsite at your church or another location closer to you, the cost/student is negotiable and depends on the number of students you expect to attend.
What are my options for taking AIM courses?
There are currently two ways to take AIM courses:
AIM Distance Learning
In our Distance program, you can either watch recorded classes online at your own pace or participate live with a cohort of other students who will always move through the courses with you as they are offered live in a hybrid model of synchronous + asynchronous instruction.
You can arrange for AIM to hold a live, in-person session for your local church (a minimum number of credit students is required, this depends on the size of the church).
How do I get started?
Simply decide which module or class you would like to take and pay online for the class. That’s it – you are registered! When we receive your payment, we will give you access to the class and/or contact you with any details you will need to get started.
What are credit requirements?
Take all of the required courses, do the required reading and pass the end-of-course tests.
How many courses must I complete for AIM certification?
You must complete all of the required AIM courses (currently there are 15 courses, which may be subject to change) to receive AIM certification.
Does AIM “credit” mean I can receive college credit?
Taking AIM for credit entitles you to receive a certificate or diploma of completion. Many churches require or use AIM courses as a form of preparatory or continuing education credit for their staff. Although AIM is not currently an accredited college program, some colleges, universities, and seminaries have in fact accepted AIM courses for transfer credit and advanced credit toward their graduation requirements for AIM graduates.
How long does the AIM program take to complete?
If you take classes consecutively, our program takes approximately two to three years to complete.
Do I have to take AIM classes back to back?
We have found it is best for information retention to take our courses consecutively, but it is not a requirement. If you find you need to stop for a while, you can pick back up later where you left off, although if you are registered with a cohort, you will no longer be with your original cohort.
What is the required reading for AIM courses?
You can find a list of required readings for all AIM courses on our website, under “Bibliography” under About AIM in the top menu.