Choosing a Business Certification Training Provider
Choosing a business certification training provider can be a challenge, regardless of the industry you’re in. While there are many options, how do you choose the right one? What factors must you consider?
Here are tips that can shed light on 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’ve taken several courses with the same training provider, how can that be considered an objective opinion? Ask referrals from those who’ve taken the same or similar courses with various providers.
Check their website.
Even a one-man-band can make himself look Fortune 500 just by having an exquisite. 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. Being in the business of education, training providers cannot afford to have less than excellent literacy skills.
Find out 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. It may seem like external accreditation is the “highest” of the three, but take note that accreditation type alone does not indicate credibility. You should also consider the training provider’s quality assurance systems. External accreditation is no guarantee.
Check the price.
When you talk about business training certification courses, the price counts. 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.
Speak to the provider.
Your list should contain your last two or three potential business certification training providers by this time. After researching them, what’s the next step? Give them a call. You’ll get a better feel from actually talking to them than just reading about them online. 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.
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