My wife and I also just completed the course this month.
The local association were supportive
We are getting our bees from the local breeder and he was not use to the foundation less frames so I got plastic foundation frames and the bees took to it very quickly.
I don't think we will have any problem with the flow hive super as this is only an extraction method, one will still have to look after the bees and do the necessary inspection.
We get our bees in mid June. I shall let you know more when we have had more experience.