Let's face it younger vs. older, drinker vs. non-drinker. New hi-perf owner vs seasoned 5 boat owner guy that started with a Baja, moved up to a Fountain or Cigarette and then eventually builds an Active Thunder and knows the ropes makes all the difference.
Tres knows boats and safety. Racing and dealing with egos gives you the upper hand. He's done it all. Not sure if Brad Schoenwald is still involved but he is worth his weight in gold as well.
Don't know if it is accredited but I do believe it is worth going to.
My 2 cents.