I have enrolled for 2017 AIC Course (31st July to 11 August) and looking forward to interact with the experts in the field. Barbara especially has been very prompt and pro-active in communication, Thanks. Can previous participants/ course directors give their tips and suggestions for the 'first-timers' who might not have engineering/design/microbiology background, so that an appropriate home-work can be done to make most of this course. Is the course format unchanged, since it started? I have gone through a few of the past presentations from the archives of this forum and keen to know the current topics to be discussed. Is their any evaluation exam at the end of the course? What about certification? For likes of me who would be entering the class-room after almost 25 years, there is little excitement and anxiety.