Choosing a Business Certification Training Provider
Finding a business certification training provider can be a feat, regardless of your industry. While there are many options, how do you choose the right one? What are the factors to be considered?
Here are tips to help you find the answers:
Careful whom you ask for referrals.
People can tell you they had the best course without having no frame of reference. If it’s their first course ever, how can they possibly say it’s the best? If they took a lot of courses with the same training provider, how can we ensure that their opinion is objective? 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 team can make himself look like a multinational company with a really glossy website. But when someone has a bad website, that’s a completely different story. 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 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 look like the “highest” among the three is external accreditation, but keep in mind that accreditation type on its own is not an indicator of 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.
Price does matter in terms of business training certification courses. If you’re drawn to a dramatically cheaper provider, always remember that they will be cutting costs in order to make profit. 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.
Research the trainers.
Intelligent persons are not automatically good teachers. Thus, you have to look past technical expertise and delve into the trainers’ teaching experience as well.
Talk to the provider.
By now, you should have come down to your last two or three prospects. After researching them, what’s the next step? Call them. You’ll be have a much better feel for them by actually talking to them than just reading about them on the Internet. Lastly trust your instincts. If they hesitate while answering your questions or you think even for a second that they are bluffing, move on to your next prospect.