How to Choose a Business Certification Training Provider
Choosing a business certification training provider can be a challenge, regardless of the industry you’re in. There are lots of options out there, but how can you find the best? What issues should you consider?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Seek referrals but be careful whom you ask.
People can tell you they had the best course without having no frame of reference. If they’ve never taken a similar course before, what makes them think 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? Ask referrals from those who’ve taken the same or similar courses with various providers.
Explore their website.
Any one-man team can look like a Fortune 500 company with an attractive website. It’s totally different when you have someone with a bad website. Nobody, even the humblest trader, will want a bad website. A bad website is one with substandard quality images, a general email address (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) and a mobile phone number as “corporate information,” broken links and spelling and grammar errors. Training providers, being in the education business, have no right to be less than excellent in their literacy skills.
Ask about accreditation.
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. You should also consider the training provider’s quality assurance systems. External accreditation is not a guarantee.
Check the price.
When you talk about business training certification courses, the price counts. If you’re attracted to a drastically cheaper provider, remember that the only way they can profit is by cutting their costs. But good thing it doesn’t work conversely. Regardless of the provider’s brand name or reputation, you don’t have to spend more than necessary.
Know their trainers.
Not all geniuses are great teachers. Thus, you have to look past technical expertise and delve into the trainers’ teaching experience as well.
Talk to the provider.
Your list should contain your last two or three potential business certification training providers by this time. You’ve researched them and now what’s next? Give them a call. You’ll be have a much better feel for them by actually talking to them than just reading about them on the Internet. Finally, trust your intuition. If they hesitate while answering your questions or you think even for a second that they are bluffing, move on to your next prospect.