Yes, it's likely miscommunication that's causing confusion. The practice CPA may think you're asking the practice to LEND you the money and withhold it to pay it back.
I have no doubt the CE would be deductible to the practice, therefore, maybe you can simply ask it this way:
"In lieu of paying me my normal wage, will you pay for CE up to $6,500 for this course"....of course you'll have to work out the timing since I’m guessing just one of your pay checks may not be enough to cover the full $6,500.
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