Choosing a Business Certification Training Provider
Whatever industry you’re in, it can be a challenge to find a good business certification training provider. While there are many options, how do you choose the right one? What issues should you consider?
These tips should lead you to the answers:
Careful whom you ask for referrals.
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? The best people to ask referrals from are those who’ve taken the same or similar courses with different providers.
Explore their website.
Any one-man team can look like a Fortune 500 company with an attractive website. But when someone has a bad website, that’s a completely different story. Nobody, even the humblest trader, will want 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.
All training courses can have three types of accreditation – external accreditation, trade body approval and in-house certification from an independent training provider. External accreditation may seem to be the “highest” of all three types, but remember that accreditation type by itself does not indicate credibility. You should also consider the training provider’s quality assurance systems. External accreditation is not a guarantee.
Examine the price.
When it comes to business training certification courses, price does matter. If you have a drastically cheap provider, remember that there is no other for them to profit but to cut their corners. But good thing it doesn’t work conversely. A provider’s reputation or brand name alone is no reason to spend more than you need to.
Research the trainers.
Not all geniuses are great teachers. Besides technical expertise, you also need to look into a trainer’s teaching experience.
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. Lastly trust your instincts. 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.