I am aware of how much it costs
When I looked at PCI college last year, they were charging the same although has been reduced this year to 4K
I am also aware that PCI college charge an additional 1.5K to do a three-month personal development course and also charge for interviews (whether you are accepted or not). More stringent or a money spinner, you decide?
Completing a course accredited by the IACP is only part of the process. In addition to meeting course educational standards (which ATI does), I have to do my own personal therapy AND 100 hours client work.
If you look at the IACP site it sets out the lengthy process it takes for a course to be accredited. As said previously, ATI are in that process now. They will certainly be through it by the time I graduate, which is several years away.
I have two friends doing the PCI course and both have openly said they prefer my curriculum - and I totally agree.
A course that is accredited is not on easy street, they are constantly reviewed so a course that is accredited now may not always be.
Perhaps you could ring the IACP to explain things to you further, firefight7. I contacted them before signing up to ATI. They will explain the process to you better than I can.