Frequently Asked Questions

General Course Information

What time do CMI classes start/end?
What do I need to bring to class?
What should I wear to class?
How much time do I need to get to the airport from AFS Headquarters?

Can I check my e-mail while I am at AFS Headquarters?

Types of Courses

Are CMI courses offered at locations other than CMI headquarters?
Does CMI offer hands-on laboratory classes?

Can I take a CMI course via the internet?
Does CMI offer any specialty courses?

Chapter Cosponsored Courses

How do I get a CMI course scheduled in my chapter area?
Can an AFS Chapter cosponsor a CMI laboratory course?

Course Registration

Who do I need to contact to register for a CMI course?
Can I register on-line or via the computer?

Will I get a receipt/confirmation of my registration?
Is there a registration limit for CMI courses?
What is the last day to register for a course?

Hotel Information for Courses Held at AFS Headquarters

What hotel does CMI use for courses held at AFS Headquarters?
What hotels are close to AFS Headquarters?
How do I get to AFS Headquarters from the hotel?
What time do I get the bus from the hotel to AFS Headquarters?
Will the hotel pick-up/drop-off at O'Hare International Airport?

How do I get to the hotel from Midway Airport?

Directions to CMI

I have never been to CMI Headquarters before. How do I get to your facility?
Is a map available of the Schaumburg area showing where CMI Headquarters is located?

Course Materials for Purchase

I would like to attend an upcoming CMI course, but my schedule will not allow it. Can I purchase the course materials without attending the class?

Certification Programs & Scholarships

What are the requirements for a CMI certification?

Contact Information

Can I contact CMI via the internet?
Who do I contact for course information?


General Course Information

What time do CMI classes start/end? [back to top]
Classes start at 8:15 a.m. on the first day, and 8:30 a.m. on other days. Classes end at 3:15 p.m. each day except the last, which ends at 2:15 p.m. Special start/end times may apply to some courses.

What do I need to bring to class? [back to top]
Just yourself. Books, paper, pens and meals are provided. Safety glasses are required for all laboratory courses. Your course acknowledgement letter will provide specific requirements for some courses, such as a calculator.

What should I wear to class? [back to top]
Dress for CMI classes is casual. Safety glasses are required for all laboratory courses. No open-toed shoes or shorts will be allowed in laboratory areas.

How much time do I need to get to the airport from AFS Headquarters? [back to top]
Travel time to O'Hare Airport is approximately 25-40 minutes depending on traffic conditions. We recommend leaving about 2 hours before your flight to allow time for check-in and car rental return.

Travel time to Midway airport is approximately 45-75 minutes depending on traffic conditions. We recommend leaving about 2-1/2 hours before your flight to allow time for check-in and car rental return.

Can I check my e-mail while I am at AFS Headquarters? [back to top]
Yes. CMI has a wireless internet connection called "surf" that you can log-on to at no charge if you have a computer with a WiFi connection If you don't have your own equipment, two computers are available in our library area that you may use to access the internet.

Types of Courses

Are CMI courses offered at locations other than AFS/CMI Headquarters in Schaumburg/Chicago? [back to top]
Yes, CMI offers courses at many regional locations around the US and Canada. Many of these courses come at the request of our local chapters. Others are hands-on laboratory courses that are held at colleges and universities that have foundry or metalcasting programs.

Does CMI offer hands-on laboratory classes? [back to top]
Yes, CMI still offers hands-on laboratory courses. These courses are held at universities, colleges and tech schools that have foundry facilities and programs.

Can I take a CMI course via the internet?  [back to top]
Yes, many of the courses offered by CMI can be taken on the internet, at your own pace. Please check our Course Schedule for upcoming internet courses.

Does CMI offer any specialty courses?  [back to top]
Yes, in addition to traditional lecture and laboratory courses, CMI offers several metalcasting-related seminars each year. These seminars are held throughout the year and often focus on more specialized subject matter or hot button issues.

Chapter Cosponsored Courses

How do I get a CMI course scheduled in my chapter area?  [back to top]
CMI Chapter co-sponsored courses are scheduled at the request of the local AFS Chapter. To request a course offering, contact your chapter education chairman. Click here for more information on individual chapters.

Can an AFS Chapter cosponsor a CMI laboratory course?  [back to top]
CMI can conduct laboratory courses as chapter co-sponsored programs provided there is a school or private facility within the chapter area with the necessary laboratory equipment.

Course Registration

Who do I need to contact to register for a CMI course?  [back to top]
To register for a CMI course, contact AFS customer service at 800/537-4237.  

Can I register on-line or via the computer?  [back to top]
Yes, course registration can be done completely on-line. Just find the course that you want to attend on the Education Event Calendar. Click on the course to open the appropriate page. Then simply click on register and follow the on-screen directions.

Will I get a receipt/confirmation of my registration?  [back to top]
Yes. After you have paid for the course, an invoice will be mailed to you showing a zero balance. This may take up to 2 weeks. A confirmation letter will also be faxed or e-mailed to you. This letter will contain all of the pertinent information specific to the course including course name, dates, location, start and end times, hotel information and any other important information about the course.

Is there a registration limit for CMI courses?  [back to top]
Most CMI courses do not have limits on the maximum number of attendees. However, there may be times when registration is limited by available classroom or laboratory space. It is advisable to register as early as possible to ensure that you have a spot.

What is the last day to register for a course?  [back to top]
Course registrations can be taken up until the start of the class, or even in person at the class. Again, it is recommended that you register early in order to guarantee that you receive all course materials, etc.

Hotel Information for Courses Held at AFS Headquarters

What hotel does CMI use for courses held at AFS Headquarters?  [back to top]
Quality Inn by Choice
600 N. Martingale
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 517-7737

What hotels are close to AFS Headquarters?  [back to top]
Quality Inn by Choice 847/517-7737
Hyatt Summerfield Suites 847/706-9007 

How do I get to AFS Headquarters from the hotel?  [back to top]
From Quality Inn
Exit to Higgins Rd. (West)
Right onto Plum Grove Rd. (North)
You will cross Woodfield, Golf, Remington and State Parkway
Right onto Penny Lane (AFS is second drive on right)
Click here for map

What time do I get the bus from the hotel to AFS Headquarters?  [back to top]
The bus leaves the hotel at 8:00 a.m.

Will the hotel pick-up/drop-off at O'Hare International Airport?  [back to top]
No, the hotel does not provide shuttle service to O'Hare or Midway Airports. All Star Cab - 847/621-1700. Ask for the AFS Corporate rate.

How do I get to the hotel from Midway Airport? [back to top]
The easiest way is by taxi. Contact information is 847/621-1700.

Directions to CMI

I have never been to CMI Headquarters before. How do I get to your facility?  [back to top]

From the North (Milwaukee, Green Bay, etc):
Take I-294 (Tri State Tollway) to I-90 West. Follow I-90 West to Roselle Road exit. At the traffic light, make a left turn onto southbound Roselle Road. At the third traffic light, make a left turn onto Commerce Drive. Follow Commerce Drive to the stop sign at Plum Grove Road. Make a right (south) onto Plum Grove Road. Penny Lane is the first left off of Plum Grove Road. CMI is the second driveway on the right side. Please use the glass entrance door on the west end of the building, next to the brown garage door.

From the South (Bloomington, Peoria, Southern Illinois, etc):
Follow I-55 north to I-355N to IL-53 N. Follow IL-53 North to the exit for IL-72, Higgins Road. At the traffic light, make a left (west) onto Higgins Road. Follow Higgins Road to Plum Grove Road. Make a right (north) onto Plum Grove Road. Follow Plum Grove Road north through two traffic lights. Continue north through two stop signs. After the second stop sign, Penny Lane will be the first street on the right. CMI is the second driveway on the right side. Please use the glass entrance door on the west end of the building, next to the brown garage door.

From the East (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, etc):
Take I-80/94 west to I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) North. Take I-294 North to I-90 West (Rockford). Follow I-90 West to Roselle Road exit. At the traffic light, make a left turn onto southbound Roselle Road. At the third traffic light, make a left turn onto Commerce Drive. Follow Commerce Drive to the stop sign at Plum Grove Road. Make a right (south) onto Plum Grove Road. Penny Lane is the first left off of Plum Grove Road. CMI is the second driveway on the right side. Please use the glass entrance door on the west end of the building, next to the brown garage door. Please use the glass entrance door on the west end of the building, next to the brown garage door.

From the Northwest (Rockford, Madison, etc):
Take I-90 East to the exit for IL-59. At the light, make a left (north) onto IL-59. Follow IL-59 about 7/10 of a mile north to IL-72 East. Take IL-72 East approximately 5 miles to IL-58 (Golf Road). Make a left (east) onto IL-58, Golf Road. At the 6th traffic light, Make a left (north) onto Plum Grove Road. Continue north through two stop signs. After the second stop sign, Penny Lane will be the first street on the right. CMI is the second driveway on the right side. Please use the glass entrance door on the west end of the building, next to the brown garage door.

From the West (Quad Cities, Iowa, etc)
Take I-80 East to I-55 North to I-355 N to IL-53N. Follow IL-53 North to the exit for IL-72, Higgins Road. At the traffic light, make a left (west) onto Higgins Road. Follow Higgins Road to Plum Grove Road. Make a right (north) onto Plum Grove Road. Follow Plum Grove Road north through two traffic lights. Continue north through two stop signs. After the second stop sign, Penny Lane will be the first street on the right. CMI is the second driveway on the right side. Please use the glass entrance door on the west end of the building, next to the brown garage door.

Is a map available of the Schaumburg area showing where CMI Headquarters is located?  [back to top]
An interactive map showing where CMI is located is available by clicking here.

Course Materials for Purchase

I would like to attend an upcoming CMI course, but my schedule will not allow it. Can I purchase the course materials without attending the class?  [back to top]
Some of the textbooks that are used for CMI classes are available for purchase through AFS Publications. However, items like class notes, compilations of handouts, etc are not generally available since they are the work and property of the particular author or presenter.

Certification Programs & Scholarships

What are the requirements for a CMI certification?  [back to top]
We're working hard to bring you all new options for advancing your career with certifications from AFS. As updates become available, information on our progress will be posted here, so check back every few months to see what exciting changes are happening. Questions, comments or certifications you would like to see? Contact us at cmi@afsinc.org.

Contact Information

Can I contact CMI via the internet?  [back to top]
For a complete staff directory, click here.

Who do I contact for course information?  [back to top]
For additional information, contact AFS customer service at 800/537-4237.