FAQ: What is the difference between a Class and an Event?

For details and examples of each, see Classes and Events. For a simple overview of the different services, see services.

It is important to understand that Events work differently than Classes and Appointments, but that the underlying concept of “types” versus “scheduled instances” is similar.

The main differences between Classes and Events are as follows:

ItemClassesEvents
Client attendanceClients can attend drop-in Classes whenever it suits their own schedule and at any frequency that they desire.Generally, clients are expected to show up to each scheduled Event session in order from first to last. The ability to book sessions individually, skip sessions, or attend makeup sessions in other instances of the Event is available.
SchedulingStaff members can schedule Classes via the schedule. Each scheduled Class can be booked in perpetuity. That is, there is no necessary end date. There are no restrictions on the number of times a class type can be scheduled. Each scheduled series is independent of one another.Staff members can schedule Events via the Event itself, through an instance of that Event. Each instance is self-contained and can include multiple series of scheduled sessions, at different locations, with different instructors. There is no such thing as an instance that is scheduled in perpetuity. Each scheduled group of sessions must have an end date.
Type creationStaff members can create Classes for a series of sessions that are offered by your business. When creating a Class Type, you can provide details on the title, image, and description of the Class.Staff members can create Events for a self-contained series of sessions that are offered by your business. When creating an Event Type, you can provide details on the title, image, and description of the Event.
PaymentClients can pay-per-class, or use Purchase Options:

  • to take a set number of Classes;
  • to attend unlimited Classes over a set period of time;
  • to take a set number of Classes; or
  • to attend unlimited Classes as part of a Membership.
Clients are generally expected to pay for Events separately out-of-pocket and in full.

Typically, Memberships do not include access to Events.

Individual Class/Event Purchase Options can be created to apply selectively and in any combination to both Classes and Events.

Payment plans can be designed to help clients pay for Events in installments.

 

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