How to Choose a Business Certification Training Provider
Whatever industry you’re in, it can be a challenge to find a good business certification training provider. There are many choices out there, but how do you pick the best? What issues should you consider?
These tips should lead you to the answers:
Choose the people you ask referrals from.
Many people will tell you they had the best course ever without even having something to compare it with. 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.
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. 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.
All training courses can have three types of accreditation – external accreditation, trade body approval and in-house certification from an independent training 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. You should also consider the training provider’s quality assurance systems. External accreditation is not a guarantee.
Check the price.
Price does matter in terms of business training certification courses. If you’re attracted to a drastically cheaper provider, remember that the only way they can profit is by cutting their costs. Fortunately, it doesn’t work the other way around. A provider’s reputation or brand name alone is no reason to spend more than you need to.
Know the trainers.
Intelligent persons are not automatically good teachers. Besides technical expertise, you also need to look into a trainer’s teaching experience.
Speak 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? Call them. You’ll get a better feel from actually talking to them than just reading about them online. 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.