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 factors must you consider?
Here are tips that can shed light on 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 it’s their first course ever, how can they possibly say 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.
Take a good look at their website.
Even a one-man-band can make himself look Fortune 500 just by having an exquisite. It’s totally different when you have someone with a bad website. 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, being in the education business, have no right to be less than excellent in their literacy skills.
Find out 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 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 is not a guarantee.
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. 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 their trainers.
A very intelligent person isn’t automatically a very good teacher. That’s why you have to look beyond technical expertise and consider 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 their background and all, now what? Give them a call. You’ll feel them better when you actually speak to them instead of just learning about them from their website. Finally, trust your intuition. If they hesitate while answering your questions or you think even for a second that they are bluffing, move on to your next prospect.