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 are the factors to be considered?
These tips should lead you to the answers:
Choose the people you ask referrals from.
People can tell you they had the best course without having no frame of 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? The best people to ask referrals from are those who’ve taken the same or similar courses with different 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 are in the business of education and have no excuse to have questionable literacy skills.
Ask about accreditation.
Training courses can be accredited in three ways – external accreditation, approval from a trade body and in-house certification issued by an independent provider. External accreditation may seem to be the “highest” of all three types, but remember that accreditation type by itself 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 brand name or reputation does not justify spending more than you have to.
Know the trainers.
Not all geniuses are great 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. You’ve researched their background and all, now what? 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. Finally, trust your gut. If you sense some hesitation or if there’s even the slightest sign of bluffing, forget it and proceed to your next prospect.