Choosing a Business Certification Training Provider
Finding a business certification training provider can be a feat, regardless of your industry. There are many choices out there, but how do you pick the best? What factors must you consider?
Here are tips to help you find the answers:
Seek referrals but be careful whom you ask.
People can brag about having received the best training een with zero frame reference. Not having had similar training in the past, how can they claim 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.
Take a good look at their website.
Any one-man team can look like a Fortune 500 company with an attractive website. 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 where contact information is a mobile phone number and a Yahoo/Gmail email address, a page leads to a 404 Error message, bad quality photos, and spelling and grammar errors abound. Training providers are in the business of education and have no excuse to have questionable 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 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 no 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, the opposite is not necessarily. A provider’s reputation or brand name alone is no reason to spend more than you need to.
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.
Talk to the provider.
By now, you should have come down to your last two or three prospects. You’ve researched them and now what’s next? 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. Finally, trust your gut. If they hesitate while answering your questions or you think even for a second that they are bluffing, move on to your next prospect.