Choosing a Business Certification Training Provider
Choosing a business certification training provider can be a challenge, regardless of the industry you’re in. While there are many options, how do you choose the right one? What are the factors to be considered?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Seek referrals but be careful whom you ask.
Many people will tell you they had the best course ever without even having something to compare it with. Not having had similar training in the past, how can they claim it’s the best? If they’ve been taking many courses with the same training provider, how can we be sure it’s an objective and reliable opinion? People who’ve completed the same or similar courses from different providers are the best sources of referrals.
Check their website.
Even a one-man-band can make himself look Fortune 500 just by having an exquisite. But if anyone has a bad website, that’s totally different. No one, not even the lowliest trader, will want a bad website. A bad website is one where contact information is a mobile phone number and a Yahoo/Gmail email address, a page leads to a 404 Error message, bad quality photos, and spelling and grammar errors abound. Being in the business of education, training providers cannot afford to have less than excellent literacy skills.
Ask what accreditation they offer.
There are three types of accreditation training courses can have – external accreditation, approval by a trade body, and in-house certification from an independent provider. It may seem like external accreditation is the “highest” of the three, but take note that accreditation type alone does not indicate credibility. Also important are the quality assurance systems the training provider has put in place. External accreditation should not be considered a guarantee of any kind.
Check the price.
When it comes to business training certification courses, price does matter. If you’re attracted to a drastically cheaper provider, remember that the only way they can profit is by cutting their costs. Fortunately, the opposite is not necessarily. A provider’s brand name or reputation does not justify spending more than you have to.
Know their trainers.
A very intelligent person isn’t automatically a very good teacher. Besides technical expertise, you also need to look into a trainer’s teaching experience.
Have a chat with the provider.
By now, you should have come down to your last two or three prospects. You’ve researched their background and all, now what? Give them a call. You’ll get a better feel from actually talking to them than just reading about them online. Finally, trust your gut. If they answer any of your questions with some hesitation or if you sense some bluffing going on, you know that’s a bad sign.
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