Unfortunately, this whole 'we're going to approve it before you can get credit for it' hasn't done anything for quality control or maintaining better-than-basic educational requirements. I've been looking at quite a few seminars, workshops, and webinars, and it has been hit-and-miss on whether I'd think I'd learn something. Granted, I've been primarily sticking with my interests, but some of the stuff that is getting out there and getting credits is not what I would consider appropriate for a planner with 2-4+ years experience (the minimum required to get AICP).
We're all professionals, isn't the decision of whether something is appropriate for certification maintenance something we can handle? AICP has already sent the message that CM-eligible items will not be free, which is irritating, since my PE colleagues get credit for just about everything that is free.