I'm still doing research on the program (have not yet enrolled), but all I can say in response to these complaints/inquiries is that if you truly have years of SUCCESSFUL experience in the industry, then it honestly seems like you don't need this certificate. But from what I've been reading so far (all research thus far has been OUTSIDE of the LWPI website... it may be ignorant, but I can never quite fully trust reviews from a company that's selling me something and/or recruiting)- it seems like this is the most legitimate program out there for anyone who wants to start their own business in this field and gain opportunities from the network available on their website. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.org/northeast-california/business-reviews/schools-business-and-vocational/lovegevitys-wedding-planning-institute-in-roseville-ca-47017377) and it's the only certification program officially endorsed by the ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants)... there point system offers 15 points for completion of THEIR certification, 5 points for any other field-related certification, and then specifically lists the LWPI-CWEP certification with an award of 10 points. Also, community colleges and even some lesser universities carry the course... I don't know how much of a "Scam" it can be.
Like I said... I haven't taken the course yet and I'm still doing my research, but it just seems silly to me that someone would buy the course without understanding the value (or simply not caring about the value) of professional certification.
The thing that has given me the most confidence in dropping a grand on what is essentially a glorified trade-school certification? Google your area's top wedding planners... if your results are like mine, about 85% of the top consultants/businesses are certified through LWPI and are active members of the ABC. I live in San Antonio, TX- a massive and heavily populated city ...just sayin'.