Choosing 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 are the factors to be considered?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Seek referrals but be careful whom you ask.
People can brag about having received the best training een with zero frame reference. If they’ve never taken a similar course before, what makes them think it’s the best? If they’ve taken several courses with the same training provider, how can that be considered an objective opinion? People who’ve completed the same or similar courses from different providers are the best sources of referrals.
Explore their website.
Even a one-man team can make himself look like a multinational company with a really glossy website. But if anyone has a bad website, that’s totally different. Whoever wants a bad website? A bad website is one where there are broken links, a mobile phone number and Yahoo/Gmail address for “company information”, poor quality images, and grammar and spelling errors. Training providers are in the business of education and have no excuse to have questionable 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. Also important are the quality assurance systems the training provider has put in place. External accreditation is not a guarantee.
Check the price.
When you talk about business training certification courses, the price counts. If you’re drawn to a dramatically cheaper provider, always remember that they will be cutting costs in order to make profit. Fortunately, it doesn’t work the other way around. Regardless of the provider’s brand name or reputation, you don’t have to spend more than necessary.
Know the trainers.
A very intelligent person isn’t automatically a very good teacher. Thus, you have to look past technical expertise and delve into the trainers’ teaching experience as well.
Have a chat with 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 you sense some hesitation or if there’s even the slightest sign of bluffing, forget it and proceed to your next prospect.